By Nick Cardieri ’17 and Zach Chanmin ’17
Off to a hot start, the Boys JV Basketball team has its eyes set on the playoffs. At five wins and three losses, the team is tied for first place in the Brooklyn IV standing with Erasmus Hall. On January 21, the team played Erasmus Hall in their home gym and encountered their first loss of the season.
“I believe we played well, but we definitely made some errors that put us at a disadvantage to come out on top,” said Kas Veliu ’18.
With time running out in the fourth quarter, the Hornets were unable to stop Erasmus Hall’s fast paced offense, which coasted to an 84-75 win.
“Erasmus is a very good team, but we are just as good and I can’t wait to play them again. I believe that we will definitely play a more competitive game next time,” said Vlad Svidryk ’19.
Despite this tough loss, the Hornets are still in very good position to make the playoffs with three games left in the season. They play Erasmus Hall again in the final game of the season, which will determine how they are seeded come playoff time. The team has been practicing every chance they get and they are ready to show what they are made of and fight until the end.
Looking back on the past few games Svirdyk said, “I am proud of how far we have come as a team. From barely knowing each other to becoming brothers, we have taken many steps forward and I can’t wait to see what our future together holds.”
Veliu said, “We are playing good defense and hitting important shots throughout this season, I believe we can come out on top at the end.”
Most recently, the Hornets played Canarsie Educational Campus in an important game to advance their playoff hopes. The team started off unusually slow due to poor shot attempts and a complacent offense, but they worked their way to a 29-20 lead at halftime. In the last two quarters, the Hornets used the momentum from Coach Ricardo Knight’s halftime speech to propel them to a 47-32 win. The team’s offense was led by Mark Kohkshteyn ’18 who finished the game with 15 points.
“I was just trying to help the team win any way that I could. My teammates did a very good job of finding me when I was open and I was able to make the most of my opportunity to score. It was an all around great team win,” said Kohkshteyn.
“I told the boys that they needed to trust their skill sets and play more loosely. They knew it was a big game and they were letting their play show that they were nervous to make a mistake,” said Knight. “At the end of the day, I’m happy how we closed out the game and got the win. When we pull out an important win like that it goes a long way to boost our confidence.”
Midwood Boys JV Basketball remains the league favorite. The team’s next scheduled home game is on February 9 against Tilden Educational Campus. The school is rooting for the Hornets and is excited to see how the team will progress.