Varsity Boys Basketball Reels in Win Against Rangers 43-35

Ellen Chuo and Indy McBrearty

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  • Cayden Branch ‘23 attempts a three-point shot after getting passed to by Henry Chuo ‘23. Fighting against Vista Ridge, Branch had ten points, the second most point for the Warriors.

  • Suley Shah ‘24 goes up for a layup in the third quarter against Vista Ridge. Shah is one of two juniors on the varsity boys’ basketball team this year.

  • Grant Means ‘23 jumps for a point, making it past Vista Ridge’s defense.

  • Brady Tomich ‘23 looks up at the basket for an opening to make a shot. Tomich made the most baskets for the Warriors leading the scoreboard with 16 points.

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On Friday, Jan. 6, the varsity boys’ basketball team beat the Vista Ridge Rangers 43-35. The Warriors started the first half slow, but they entered the second half with a new fire and dismantled Vista Ridge’s defense.

Starting the game, Vista Ridge had a very aggressive defense setting the tone for the first half. Even though Vista Ridge had some good offensive plays and shots, the Warriors were able to remain a tight defense, keeping the game tied in the first quarter. Throughout the second quarter, Vista Ridge could not miss their threes while the Warriors fell behind in offense, creating a lead for the Rangers moving into the second half.

“I think we can improve by coming together as one and moving the ball more on offense,” Thomas Burke ‘25 said. “We play really great defense, but sometimes we bail the other team out with a foul, so if we can just finish the play and finish the possession, we’d play better.”

The Warriors started the second half down 20-14, but let this disadvantage add to their fire and drive. The Warriors kept a strong defense, preventing Vista Ridge from scoring, while solidifying its offense, pushing to a one-point lead by the fourth quarter.

“I think we started off a little slow,” Grant Means ‘23 said. “I think we definitely expected to have more in the first half, but I think we kept our defense going the whole game, and in the end, I think we really put the offense together and pulled through.”

Throughout the game, Brady Tomich ‘23 played consistently, keeping his team in the game in the first half through several baskets. Additionally, he shot a high percentage from the free-throw line and led the team in rebounding.

“The game against Vista went well. We started off a little slow, but came in strong during the second half,” Tomich said. “We started the half down eight, and ended up winning the game by nine. I’m proud of the way everyone played and glad it turned out the way it did.”

The Warriors remained with an aggressive defense and pushed offense through the fourth quarter. The team made a solid amount of their points from free throws in the fourth quarter, several by Tomich, who led the Warriors with 16 points throughout the game. The Warriors played strong until the last second and had a strong win overall.

The Warriors will play their next game at McNeil at 7 P.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 10.