Basketball Hopes for Recovery After Loss

By Anthony Damon ’18 and Michael Barone ’18

With two non-conference wins to start off their season, the boys basketball team plans on continuing their success throughout the season. Picking up victories against Brooklyn Collegiate Academy and Brooklyn Tech has given the team momentum that they hope to carry into conference play.

“We plan to continue our success by following coach’s game plan,” said Edin Nikovic ’17. “As each game continues, we continue to grow as a team, and as our season progresses we will only get better.”

The overall goal for the season is not only to make the playoffs, but win a Public Schools Athletic League championship. Winning a title in the PSAL is not easy and takes lots of hard work and practice.

“The competition is going to be there, but as long as we do what we are supposed to do as a team we will be in a good position come playoff time,” said Mark Kokhshteyn ’18.

Being prepared for every game throughout the season takes effort and good coaching. Mr. Victor Gjecaj is the one who gets the team prepared for each game, and comes up with a game plan on how to defeat the opposing team. Without practice and preparation, the team would not be able to go out on gameday and win.

“Practice is the key to success,” said Mr. Gjecaj. “We’re going to keep working hard in practice, and make sure we stick to our game plan in order to continue winning games.”

For many juniors, this is their first season playing on varsity. While the transition from junior varsity to varsity may not seem difficult, it can be, especially with the increased amount of regular season games. For Kastriot Veliu ’18, the transition has been challenging, but rewarding at the same time.

“My first year on varsity has been very exciting so far,” said Veliu. “The practices are tougher, but they get me better, and prepare me for each game. The competition is bigger and stronger, so I have to work hard in practice in order to compete on game day.”

Fans enjoy going to the games and supporting the team as best as they can from the stands. Their cheers drive the team to play better, and gives them the extra push they need when the game gets tough.

“I like going to the games because it’s nice to support the school team and cheer them on,” said Kiana Altamirano ’18. “The games are exciting because you get to sit courtside and see all the action unfold right in front of you.”

The Hornets played William E. Grady on December 5 and lost 70-67. Early on the game was one sided, with Grady being up 13 going into the fourth quarter. The team rallied together behind Michael Richards ’17 and his 30 points, getting to within one point of the lead, but coming up just short in the end. With this loss, the Hornets are 2-1 and look to rebound in their next game on December 12 against Canarsie Educational Campus.    

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