Men’s Basketball Aims for Strong Finish

Jeremy Unger

After defeating Dougherty Valley and Alhambra to start off league play, the men’s basketball team has hit a rough patch, losing three of their last four games, bringing their league record to 4-3. With a 11-10 overall record the Mats have been up and down all season.

“We’ve been battling through a lot of injuries to key players and it’s been hard filling the void from a lot of our key players that we lost last season. We just haven’t found our identity yet,” said Nick Mora ‘10.

Although the Mats’ lost to rivals Campolindo and Acalanes, as well as Drake this month, they were able to pull out wins against Alhambra, Dougherty Valley, Dublin, and Las Lomas. The Mats biggest issue has been finding a second scorer to supplement captain Chris Hatfield ‘10. Hatfield, who is averaging 22 points per game, is the only player averaging more than 10 points per game this season.

If the Mats are to repeat as DFAL champions, they will need to most likely win out, which would include defeating Campolindo and Acalanes in away games.

“Now we’re playing with a chip on our shoulders. We can’t get swept by both of our rivals this year, we won’t let it happen,” said Mora.

After last season’s overtime loss in the NCS championship, the Mats are looking towards returning to the championship, even with the losses so far this year.

“We may not be as a high of a seed as last year, but we definitely have the ability to make a deep run in NCS,” said Mora.

The Mats’ main opponents in NCS will most likely be Bishop ‘O Dowd and Analy, the team that defeated the Mats last year in the NCS championship.

“We would love to get some redemption against them (Analy). They are definitely going to be one of the top contenders in NCS,” said Troy Akin ‘10.

The Mats face off against Campolindo tonight in Moraga at 7:00 p.m., in what is a must win game for the team. The last time the Mats faced the Cougars they were handed their worst loss of the season, losing 41-56.

“We’re going to know what to expect from them this time. We want Campolindo to know how it feels to lose on their home court,” said Mora.