Boys Basketball psyched for season

Suraj Khakee, Staff Writer

The Boys Varsity Basketball season kicks off tomorrow with the Peg Duggan Tournament, when the Lions will take on Regis in the Championship game. After an injury-riddled season last year, the team looks forward to improving their skills.

“We know Saturday is going to be a very difficult game, but an exciting challenge,” Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Tim Sullivan said. “The team is working hard to become a highly competitive team. We will play hard on every defensive possession and we will move the ball to get open shots,” he said.

“The preseason has been great so far, every single player is all in on having a great season,” Sullivan said.

The team has been practicing for around three weeks, and their intensity has ramped up in the past few weeks, Kamau Hubbard (11) said.

“I think Coach Sullivan is definitely running tougher practices this year. It’s good because it’s getting us more physically and mentally prepared for tough games,” Darius McCullough (11) said.

“Our goal for the season is to be more competitive in the league. Of course, we want to win the league, but improving and paying attention to detail is more within our control,” Jack Blackman (11) said.

The team is mostly comprised of underclassmen. Of the 16 players on the roster, there are six juniors and only one senior.

“The fact that we have a ton of underclassmen both helps and hurts us, I think,” Kelvin Smith (11) said. “We have a good team built for the future because guys can keep coming back year after year, but a lot of teams are bigger in size, so we need guys to play out of position and play tough defense. That’s where we had a lot of problems last year,” he said.

Many underclassmen will be earn considerable playing time. Eddie Mantz (10), Ben Chasin (10), Chris Robinson (10), and Jaden Kirshner (10) will play even bigger roles than they did last year, Smith said.

“Robert and Kelvin are definitely our players to watch. I think Kelvin can be the best player in the league. He just has to become more consistent with his free throws,” Blackman said.

“I think that we need to build a greater chemistry and build off of what we started last year,” Kirshner said. “I feel close with all the upperclassmen already, and I know some of the new guys will too. Us young guys have to step up and take some responsibility from the leaders of the team,” he said.

Certain players’ injuries last year affected the continuity and consistency that the team was trying to build, Sangmin Lee (11) said. Hopefully this year, the team will have an injury-free season, he said.

This first tournament is a test run, Smith said, adding that it would be great to come home with a win.