Boys Varsity Basketball Season: Where Are They Now?
Sitting at 19-4 the Boys Varsity Basketball team enjoyed a successful regular season. The ultimate prize, however, is beyond winning the ACIS. The team was fighting for a top two seed in the B-Division state tournament to give them the best shot at winning the championship and a trip to Glens Falls New York. The success and trajectory of the team, however, cannot simply be measured by their win-loss record, as iterated by Coach Boutis after the team had suffered back-to-back losses to Lawrence Woodmere Academy and the Dwight School.
“I’m happy with our record… which has us in a good position for placement in the B, but we have been winning ugly for a good part of the year and we have hit a rough patch. I think the winning ugly has caught up with us,” said Coach Boutis.
This sentiment is shared among the players, as they attempt to analyze their weaknesses, take advantage of their strengths, and ultimately achieve their lofty goals.
“If we aspire to win the ACIS tournament and win the B-Division of NAYSAIS, we have to play way better defense,” said Blake Martin. “I want to win and what we need to do in order to win is to play better defense, communicate and execute on every single play like there is no tomorrow and we will get there hopefully.”
The team responded positively to adversity by making adjustments that allowed them to win four of their last five games to complete the regular season, with the only loss coming in a tough atmosphere at the Berkeley Carroll School. They were awarded with a first round bye in the ACIS tournament and are set to have a rematch, this time at home.
“Last year the team enjoyed the presence of one another much more and had really good team chemistry. Now, we just need to band together. At this time it is very important to play together as a team, especially going into the playoffs,” said Faison Branch (‘18). ” Together we are unstoppable, but at the same time, singularly, we can be shut down very easily. When everyone is clicking we are a dangerous team.”