JV Boys’ Basketball Downs Vandegrift 55-43

By Camille Marshall, Reporter

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  • Point guard Karsten Bresser '22 scans the court for open teammates to pass to. Operating at point guard, Bresser played an important role in the Warriors' win.

    Photo By Sourav Dhar

  • Dribbling down the court, Robbie Jeng '21 looks to drive to the rim. Jeng was fouled on his way to the basket, resulting in him going to the line for free throws.

    Photo By Sourav Dhar

  • Reaching up, Carson Turner '22 attempts a layup over a defending Viper. However, Turner's shot would not go in on this possession.

    Photo By Sourav Dhar

  • Smothered by a Viper, Blane Holschuh '21 looks for a teammate to pass to. Holschuh was a key offensive contributor for the Warriors in the win.

    Photo By Sourav Dhar

  • With the ball in his hands, Josh Choy '22 directs his teammates. The Warriors were able to set up a play that resulted in a score on this possession.

    Photo By Sourav Dhar

  • Combo guard Darion Barnes '22 runs up the court with the ball in his hand. Late in the fourth quarter, Barnes and the Warriors were able to drain enough time off the clock to preserve their lead.

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The junior varsity boys’ basketball team took down the Vandegrift Vipers on Friday, Feb, 7. The Warriors came out of the fast-paced and aggressive game winning 55-43.

“Our team lost to them last time but during this game we had a lot of anger and passion and had confidence that we were gonna win.” We played really well together and believed and trusted each other tonight,” Eric Gu ‘22 said. 

Halfway into the first quarter, Eric Cadar ‘22 claimed the first points of the night with a shot from the elbow, but the Vipers were quick to strike back by stealing the ball and running a fast break. As the pace began to speed up, Robbie Jeng ‘21 and Cadar scored a variety of baskets before the first quarter ended 9-8 with the Warriors ahead. 

“In the first quarter we were all cold and missed a couple of easy shots but when we got warmed up and started a rhythm we began to play better,” small forward Josh Choy ‘22 said. 

Vandegrift quickly got into the bonus in the beginning of the second quarter when the Warriors started to play an aggressive box defense, and used the free throws to their advantage, claiming the lead 13-10. The Warriors took the lead back with baskets from Cadar and juniors Blane Holschuh, Samer Salman, and Jeng from different areas of the court. As the second quarter was coming to a close, Gu made a three-pointer, 25-18, bringing the momentum to the Warriors’ side for the second half of the game. For the halftime entertainment, the cheerleaders and future cheerleaders performed to a variety of pop and dance songs, like Cheerleader by OMI and Problem by Ariana Grande. 

Beginning the third quarter, Vandegrift started with possession of the ball and scored with a layup but Choy counteracted the Vipers’ actions by stealing the ball and passing to Salman who ran for a layup. The Warriors continued to maintain their lead with a coordinated defense and a fast offense at the end of the quarter, with the score being 38-36. 

In the last quarter, the Warriors found a rhythm and made numerous baskets from sophomores Choy, Carson Turner, Karsten Bresser, and Vinay Majjiga before the game ended 55-43, with the Warriors prevailing.

“We beat Vandegrift this time because we were more locked in,” Choy said. “Last time a lot of our teammates were unable to play because they were either sick or injured and this time we had everyone on the team to be there. Overall we had an organized game and we were more efficient with our shots.”

The Warriors’ next game will be against the Leander Lions at Leander High School on Tuesday, Feb. 11.