Johnson, Tough Defense Carries Boys B-ball to Over Tech Prep
Written by Adrion Doobay, Junior Writer
Photographer: Bacilio Bencosme
The Hillcrest Hawks Varsity Boys Basketball team improved to 2-1 with a 54-50 victory over Pathways in Technology Early College High School on December 9.
In an intense game for both schools, Hillcrest prevailed over Pathways in its home gym by playing tough defense. With a mix of both juniors and seniors on the team, the team played phenomenally, hitting 3-pointers, assisting teammates and playing defense.
The team was led by Tohn Johnson who scored 22 points and added 7 rebounds. Randolph Anderson added a double-double by scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. James Okor added 13 rebounds, and Justin Clarke led the team with 6 assists in the win.
According to Clarke, he stated, “Our motivation and ambition was the cause of the team’s win. We trained more and we played more cooperatively as a team. The long drills really motivated the team to never give up and keep trying.”
Coach Brett was really rough on the team during the game, but he was satisfied with the outcome. The team’s goal is to make it to the playoffs and play for the championship. The team’s good start is a great sign for a successful season.
The team is attempting to make the playoffs for the second straight season. Last year, the team finished with 8 wins and 6 losses, but won a first round playoff game. The team is looking to build on their success from last year.
The only way for the Hillcrest Hawks to reach their goal is to keep practicing and training which they do daily. The basketball team practices every day before and after school. They team practices in the morning together from 7AM to 8PM and after school from 3PM to 4PM.
To be in a basketball team takes a lot of effort and ambition. Players need to run mile long laps, work on game plays, and build up their stamina. Dedication is what is needed to be on the team and every player who played in that game showed their hard work and dedication. In the long run Hillcrest High School took the lead and beat the opposing team.
Hillcrest has games remaining against Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, and John Adams before the Christmas Break. Go out and support the team!
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