After a month of preseason, the JV boys’ basketball squad enters league play with a record of 6-4. The team started off 4-0, until dropping four of their last six games. Despite losing recently, Head Coach Danny Nieto affirmed that winning is not his only goal.
“Aside from winning, I expect the [players] to grow and improve, not just in basketball, but in life through discipline and respect,” said Nieto.
With a mix of juniors, sophomores and freshmen, the coaches see an experienced and talented roster with lots of potential.
“I expect [the team] to compete every game and at least get a few more wins,” captain Hao Deng said. “[Everyone] should play 100 percent, all the time, no matter the situation.”
The team practices daily, excluding game days and Sundays. Practice consists of warm ups, defensive and offensive drills, scrimmages and conditioning. The team hopes that the hard work they put in every day will transition into their games.
“[I] expect the team to be ready for the next level […] I also expect to see leaders and a brotherhood,” said Nieto.
The Moors began their season with consecutive home games against the Bell Garden Lancers and the Mark Keppel Aztecs on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17, respectively.