Varsity Boys Basketball Suffers Loss Against Round Rock 

Ellen Chuo, Photographer

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  • Thomas Burke ‘25 goes up for a layup with Round Rock defense chasing close behind. The Warriors were able to make a fast break and get the ball to Burke to make the layup.

  • Surrounded by Round Rock’s defense Brady Tomich ‘23 looks for a teammate to pass the ball to. Tomich led the Warriors, making a third of the rebounds in the game.

  • Skye Drechsler ’23 attempts a shot over a Round Rock defensive player’s head. Drechsler helped push the team, making a fourth of the Warrior’s points.

  • Pushing past Round Rock’s defense, Gabe Parr ‘23 drives toward the paint. Parr had three assists throughout the game.

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On Friday, Dec. 16, the varsity boys’ basketball team lost to Round Rock 41-40 after a three-point shot by Round Rock’s Rohit Sanivarapu ’23 with only seven seconds left on the clock. The Warriors came out strong and gained a slight lead in the first quarter, but by halftime, Round Rock came back, and it remained a close game until the end. 

“I felt we played slow and unfocused,” Henry Chuo ‘23 said.

The Warriors started with a strong defense in the first quarter, working hard to keep Round Rock from scoring. Seniors Cayden Branch and Skye Drechsler led with points throughout the game, Branch with 13 total, and Drechsler with 10.

“We felt flustered and out of our element [in] that game,” Gabe Parr ‘23 said.

Moving into the second quarter, the Warriors had gained a slight lead of 11-6, but early into the quarter, Round Rock’s Cooper Heaton ’23 made two three-point shots, and the Dragons were able to tie up the game. Although the Warriors gave great effort throughout the game, they only made 38 percent of their free throws, making the game much closer than it should have been. 

“We missed a lot of our free throws that could have helped us gain a lead,” Chuo said. “We just didn’t really click as a team this game.” 

The Warriors started the second-half tie with Round Rock 22-22. Both teams came out with a lot of energy, keeping the game close until the last second. The Warriors played aggressive defense, with ten total steals by the end of the game. The student section was equally enthusiastic, keeping the energy up all throughout the game. 

“We could have played smarter and just slowed down,” Parr said. 

The Warriors entered the last quarter with a one-point lead, but Round Rock came in with an aggressive offense pushing toward the paint. With 18 seconds left on the clock and the Warriors up by two, Round Rock got the ball and sank a three-point shot. With only seven seconds left, the Warriors couldn’t land any points, leaving the score 41-40. 

The Warriors will face off against Cedar Ridge on Tuesday, Jan. 3.