by Lee Benson
This year’s boys’ basketball team is greener, with only four returning varsity players. No stars to steal the limelight. And a new head coach.
“It’s a talented young squad but the experience level is low, says senior Deion Ellis, co-captain of the team. “The majority of the team played junior varsity last year but are very talented. We don’t have any stars, we play as a team.”
The McClymonds Warriors boast a reasonable record. This season so far their record in the pre-season is 8-6 , beating Bethel 99 to 55 in their last game on Jan. 3. This season has its challenges, but this team can get the job done, said Ellis.
Early on, the team lost to Salesian 66-45 but bounced back in its next game to beat DeAnza 68-40. Monte Vista, its toughest pre-season rival won easily 65-24. “I think that as the season goes on, we will improve. We’re a young team, but that makes us hungry to win state,” said Ellis.
The record is strong as a new team and, more importantly, the players feel they have developed chemistry over this pre-season and prevailed 63-58 in their first O.A.L game against Fremont Wednesday.
The team has had to overcome many challenges over this new season including losing Head Coach Brandon Brooks recently, the two seasoned players. Brooks was replaced by JV coach Edgar Jackson.
“As long as everybody builds their confidence , we should have an alright season,” said junior Trevon Silas.