Boys Basketball Struggles Down Stretch; Loses 9 of Last 10 Games
By Adrion Doobay, Junior Writer
The Hillcrest Boys Varsity Basketball team ended their season by losing their last game to John Adams 72-40. The team ended the season with a record of 4-10.
Although a 4-10 game ratio was not what the team was aiming for, they will strive to work harder next season.
The Hawks started by winning 3 of their first 5 games, but the season took a wrong turn. They lost 7 of their last 8 games to teams such as Franklin K. Lane Campus 68-49, Springfield Gardens 74-42, and Far Rockaway Educational Campus 62-51.
Although The Hawks suffered many defeats, they managed to subdue other teams such as Jamaica High School and Pathways College Prep. The Hawks defeated Pathways twice this season, but Richmond Hill and Jamaica were defeated just once which sums up their 4 wins.
Although the boys did not play as expected by their friends and coach, their hard work and determination will motivate them to keep going. “Coach Brett is not a quitter,” said Tohn Johnson. Johnson led the team with 15.6 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, and 3 assists per game. He believes that Coach Brett will keep on mentoring the team and put the Hillcrest Hawks back on top. This season was a bit of a setback for the team, but they will use this experience as a learning tool for the near future.
Two year Hillcrest Varsity star James Okar played phenomenally this season. Okar scored a total of 103 offensive and defensive rebounds this season. Okar’s rebounding totals were second on the team.
The success of the JV Boys Basketball team leaves Coach Brett with optimism for the future of Hillcrest Basketball. “Clearly Varsity did not do so well this year, but we left at least 8 players in 9th and 10th grades and we want JV to succeed so they can continue for the next 2-3 years,” stated Coach Brett.
Just because the Hawks suffered a major setback, this season does not mean they will stop working hard. Although they were not on their A game this season, The Hawks will be sure to bring it next season.