Bell-Holter battling back spasms (Basketball)

November 2, 2011
Damen Bell-Holter

Standing nearly 6-foot-10, Oral Roberts University all-conference candidate Damen Bell-Holter is an imposing force on the basketball court.

But off it he can get nicked up just like the rest of us.

Nagging back spasms will sideline the junior center for the next few days after he suffered somewhat of a setback in last night’s exhibition victory over Rogers State.

Bell-Holter, of Hydaburg fame, wasn’t expecting to play but logged 9 minutes coming off the bench.

Now his back is worse.

“It kind of pushed my recovery back,” he told me. “It’s frustrating.”

Bell-Holter has never missed a game in his college career, so this injury is driving him nuts.

“I just want to practice and play at 100 percent,” he said. “It just started as back spasms and they’ve gotten worse. I’m doing a ton of treatment and seeing the chiropractor. I’ll probably stay out a few days and workout in the pool. They want me back at 100 percent by West Virginia next week.”

Last season as a sophomore Bell-Holter enjoyed his finest season in which he earned honorable mention All-Summit League honors. He scored double figures in 27 of 35 games highlighted by a career-high 27 points.

A monster in the paint, he ripped down 274 rebounds [the most by a ORU player in 4 seasons] and blocked 50 shots [tied for ninth most in school history].