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JV Boys’ Basketball Still in Contention for League

MOOR graphic by SAMMIE CHEN
MOOR graphic by SAMMIE CHEN

Simeon Lam
Sports Editor

The JV boys’ basketball team has been solid, winning five of their last eight games. After finishing preseason with a few wins, the Moors own a 2-3 Almont League record. Their latest victories were against the San Gabriel Matadors, Montebello Oilers and a non-league opponent, the Don Bosco Tech Tigers. Led by JV Coach Josh Aguilera, the boys squad looks to still compete for the league championship despite having lost games against the Mark Keppel Aztecs, Bell Gardens Lancers, and Schurr Spartans.

“The team has improved this year on defense because we are more disciplined, which allows us to still compete when we have a horrible shooting night,” Aguilera said. “Our guys need to improve their patience offensively [because] we hardly wait to [get through] screens.”

With a mix of juniors and sophomores, the team has different players to turn to throughout the season. According to Aguilera, their biggest strength is their size advantage because of their three strong forwards, captain Justin Imaa, junior Juan Castro and sophomore Noah Rinard, who allow team to get shots close to the basket.

“Our greatest strength as a team is our size. Controlling the [free throw lane] is our main objective,” Imaa said. “Our greatest weakness is probably our thin number of guards. Many injuries have made our team succumb to a mere 2 point guard system.”

The boys will now have two straight home games before going on the road again.

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