Freshman White Basketball Loses Against Trojans in Heated Battle

Conall Coats, Assistant Sports Editor

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  • Will Baker ’26, Jake LaPenta ’26 drive down the court for a 3 pointer against the Anderson Trojans for their 6th game of the season.

  • Landeyn Vallery ’26 dribbles past the Trojan defense. Later Vallery would go to lead the team in steals going into the second half.

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In a heartbreaking upset, the freshman white basketball team lost to the Anderson Trojans in overtime by one point. This game was a team effort spearheaded by Kellen Syzmanski ‘26 who played a strong defensive game and made several baskets.

The first half was a slow one for the Warriors. With many fouls and not enough passes made, the Trojans were able to turnover and score to pull ahead by eight points by the end of the second quarter. Additionally, the Warriors had difficulty playing as a team, giving the Trojans the opportunity to move the ball all over the court.

“Our main goal was to try and play fast and try and move the ball a lot,” Coach Kenneth Mack said. “Once we started following the plan in the second half, the game really started.”

In the second half, the Warriors picked up their game and started to move the ball as one cohesive unit, driving the lane and draining many more threes to tie the game up and stay neck and neck throughout the fourth quarter. However, with a three-point lead, the Trojans thought that they had the win until Syzmanski drove down the court and drained an instrumental three-pointer to send the game into a heated overtime. 

“My main thoughts going into overtime were to not foul out my team and to score more than the other team to assure the win,” Coach Mack said.

The overtime was just as captivating as the second half, with both teams playing at their full potential and the ball being passed throughout the keys. Both defenses played aggressively, causing many game changing free throws, many of which were missed by the Trojans, keeping the Warriors in the game. However, with a quick four minute overtime, the Warriors were down by one and lost to the Trojans. 

“I would have to say Kellen was an amazing team player today,” Mack said. “He had many different important plays keeping this game alive.”

The Warriors will play against the Round Rock Dragons at Round Rock on Friday, Dec. 16.