I couldn’t be more proud of this group of guys. Although it is difficult to swallow two extremely close losses our guys did everything we asked of them. They put together their two best team defensive efforts and committed a season-low 8 turnovers against Bridgeport. Unfortunately, Bridgeport shot 90% from the free throw line, in contrast to our 50% and that proved to be the difference.
As the sting of the losses has begun to subside our guys have a lot to be proud of this season. There were little expectations for this group of guys with only minimal varsity experience and a last-minute brand new coach. But it was exciting to see a group of individuals come together and gel into such a cohesive unit. And as they began to rely on each other they began to experience success. I am so proud of our 5 seniors: Jesus Sanchez, Olegario Orozco, Jesse Russell, Salvador Leyva, and Paul Toolson. This group will be remembered as the team that jumpstarted the Manson Boys Basketball Program. Their effort, competitive drive, and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the team have motivated the younger guys to achieve even greater heights.
It was an honor to coach this team and I want to thank all the parents and community members who got behind this team.
Notable Stats: Paul Toolson: 14 points; Jesus Sanchez: 4 points, 4 steals (incredible individual defensive effort); Alex Vanderholm: 8 points, 12 rebounds; Salvador Leyva: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals