Boys’ basketball tries to turn season around

The Hawks are off to a rough start but hope to turn the season around in the second half.

The University High School Varsity Basketball team is up and running.

The UHSSE Varsity Basketball team’s most recent game was held on Jan. 19.

It was a tough game against CREC Academy of International Studies and lost 60-54.

“The season has been challenging for us so far and not where we are hoping to be. After graduating nine seniors that have played a lot last year, we had to find players to fill those spots and take on greater responsibility,” said Coach Alfredo Cardona. “We have two wins and eleven losses, we have not lost hope or given up on our goals of making states. But we understand it’s a tough road ahead and will continue to work at it daily.”

On Jan. 31, they have a road game against Parish Hill.

“The season has gone not as I have expected,” said Jaleel Jaggroo ´23.  “My goal is to win more games and to make states. A thing our team needs to work on in order to be successful is pass the ball and not be selfish and work on our defense.”

“One of the surprising players would be our freshman Nasir Boyd who leads us in scoring,” said Coach Cardona. “Malik Rich [‘24] has been our best rebounder and Makinton Dophin [‘23] has been our most consistent outside threat.”

Dophin can also agree with Jaggroo with the season not going as expected.

“I feel like by now we would have won more games and picked it up but I feel like we have a lot of hopes for the future,” said Dophin. “What our team needs to be more successful is to have more effort and to also work on the defense.”

The next seven games will let the team know if they are going to be contention for state playoff.