JV Boys' Basketball Shoots for the Hoops: An Overview of the Season
By: Nathan Pham
Playing the game of basketball gives you a feeling that can't be explained. The hard work and mental toughness of the players truly showed on the court, and the knowledge the team has gained since the summer was evident in their lives on and off the court as the bond between the players continued to grow throughout the season. For many months, the Junior Varsity team practiced with the Varsity team to learn plays, develop skills, and grow as people and players, learning from their more experienced peers. Qristian Logan, a junior on the team, believes that he learned most from senior Varsity players Matthew Lanzone and Isaiah Williams: "They're both physical, defensive players who are undersized for their given positions, yet they always find a way to produce for the team whether it be through big stops on defense or energy on and off the court". With the Varsity team, they also learned many life lessons, like trusting each other in the toughest times and working hard no matter what. They also learned to be spirited no matter what to feed to the team's energy and momentum. Jerron Dixon adds, "Sam Kori taught me the most. Although he didn't play a lot, he was still a big part of the team because of his spirit, and I really loved that".
The countless hours of conditioning, putting up shots, ball handling and more contributed to the boys' 24-3 season, going 6-0 against league opponents. "We worked our hardest, and it paid off as we won many games and beat truly skilled teams," Max Domer-Zoll says. The marvelous JV team participated in three tournaments: the Lakewood Tournament, the Bolsa Grande JV Jam, and the Dana Hills Christmas Classic. In these three tournaments, the team advanced to the championship game each time and took home a championship at Lakewood and second place at Bolsa Grande and Dana Hills. The boys were also North Hills League Champion, going undefeated. The team's successful season was led by head coach Drake Walker and assistant coach Brett Baumgartner, along with team captains Dino Sdrales and Max Domer-Zoll. Dino Sdrales comments, "Our season was almost perfect, and I can't wait to be on Varsity with the teammates I love." To wrap up the season, Coach Drake shares, "I was proud to see growth from players as they improved skill-wise and in the ability to lead.
Every game we had, someone would step up to help us win. It speaks to the chemistry and how much these guys love playing together. I'm fortunate to be the coach of this team". With such a great season, the JV team had gained much more experience in the game of basketball and are most definitely prepared for the next level.