Men’s Basketball Remains Optimistic

Evelyn Alper

After a hopeful pre-season, the men’s basketball team is 4-4 in league and anticipates making not only playoffs but also the championship game. Captains Conner Volpe ‘11, Anthony Piganelli ‘11, and Brian Henson ‘11 are helping this young team overcome the many challenges of losing seven seniors and leading the team to victory.

“We want to be the team diving for loose balls, diving into the stands, and sacrificing ourselves out there for the good of the team,” said Henson.

This work ethic seems to be working so far. The team beat Acalanes 62-60 on Jan. 4 and Doughtery Valley 56-48 on Jan. 7. The team placed second in NCS the past two years and is determined to win it all this year.

“If our team is able to come together and stay healthy, there are few teams in our division that will be able to stop us,” said Henson.

Although the team was predicted to finish fifth in league, there is a good chance they will finish higher.

“People expected us to have an off year because we lost so many seniors. However, if we can utilize our bench more, stop making mental mistakes, and cut down on turnovers, we can pull it together and win league,” said Piganelli.

Head coaches Dave Brown and Fred Brown are back to lead the team in another hopeful season.

“We are provided with a lot of motivation because of their coaching style,” said Henson.

They lost to Campolindo 38-50 on Jan. 14 but defeated Freedom 58-57 on Jan. 17 and Dublin 70-60 on Jan. 24. The team continued their streak and beat Alhambra 82-56 on Jan. 26.

However, on Jan. 28 the boy’s team lost to Acalanes 54-61. The team hopes to win tonight in a game at Las Lomas.