Finishing the regular Almont League season with a record of 3-7 and 11-16 overall, the varsity boys’ basketball team was unable to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) preliminaries. The team, however, looks forward to the upcoming year by hoping to progress and qualify by obtaining a higher rank in the future.
“Defense and team chemistry should be stronger [next year] since many players [will] have played together for three years,” junior point guard Jonathan Barajas said. “We will be a much different team since more than half the team [members this year] were seniors.”
Losing a majority of the team including two starters, the team is expected to be experienced while being able to maintain a solid number of newcomers who could help add to the foundation of the squad. The Moors, according to Barajas, will prepare by practicing two weeks earlier in order to improve on conditioning.
“The boys battled hard and I am proud of them. We were just a little short handed down the stretch. The boys stayed optimistic […] and even though we did not make the playoffs, they can build off of this because it can provide motivation […] into the next year,” Head Coach Bryan Gonzalez said.
The team plans to begin the offseason early in the spring and participate in the summer league to gain experience going into next season.