As the varsity boys basketball team’s pre-season ends with a solid record, including a win against powerhouse Loyola, being named co-champions in the Kaiser Cougar Classic in Hawaii, as well as placing second at the Bell-Jeff tournament, the team begins preparing for regular season games and some hard out of league matchups they face in the next couple of weeks.
The team went 11-2 in pre-season games and is now ranked at number three in the CIF rankings.
In three round robin tournaments, the team came out champions in two of the tournaments (Buckley Round Robin Tournament and Kaiser Cougar Tournament), and finished second in the Bell-Jeff tournament, losing to Bell-Jeff despite senior Austin Butler’s 37 points.
Bell-Jeff was one of the harder opponents, but the team looked forward to the tournament in Hawaii.
So far the team has proven that size does not necessarily matter. Their small lineup has been questioned, but with a powerful starting lineup in seniors Austin Butler, Brendon Ferguson, Nick Cashdan, and freshmen Kihei Clark and Mike Meadows respond well against the bigger teams.
The bench also adds depth to the team with seniors Mateen Zar, Josh Rosen, and juniors Caleb Martin, Matthew Soufer, and Nish Muthusamy.
“When Rosen and Cashdan play to expectation, we usually win,” head coach Mike Hamilton said.
Not only did the team play well over the pre-season, but also individual players such as Butler, Meadows, and Clark won Pre-Season All Area Players Awards.
In only the first couple weeks of the new year, the team will face Division Two standouts Westlake High School and El Camino Real High School.
“We are making large strides, but we still have a long way to go. These tough matchups in the beginning of the year will show what we will need to work on for the regular season,” Hamilton said.
The team looks forward to the tough lineups for the regular season, leaving the success of pre-season behind.
January 9: Ribbet Academy @ Buckley
January 13: Buckley @ El Camino Real