Boys’ basketball gets new schedule, hopes to start success


After a winless season in 2014, the boys’ basketball team started the 2015 season with a win against Conniston, hoping to start a playoff caliber season.

“Even though we are a smaller team, I think we have the talent to get to the playoff,” Ruben Navarro, seventh grade forward said.

Although Navarro thinks they could get to the playoff, Jaylen Sanders, seventh grade guard thought they needed to improve to get there.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, but at the end of the day, I expect our team to show up and make good things happen,” Sanders said.

While some think the problems are in the game plan, others said the issues are the fundamentals on the floor.

“We need to pass the ball more,” Thomas Clement, eighth grade guard. “We also need to work better as a team and box out to grab more rebounds.”

The main story of this season was their joining of a new division in the county. This season’s opponents were Conniston, Jupiter, Duncan, and Howell Watkins.

“Walking into a new division is a new challenge for us. We have not seen some of these teams before, they have not seen us. All we can do is show up and play the best we can to represent our school the best we can,” Sanders said.

Clement thought that the new schedule could help the team win more games.

“I think we can win some more games this year and win some games with the new schedule,” Clement said.

And they did. After an eight year losing streak, the Stars broke through to beat Conniston 30-23 on the road in the season opener. Jaylen Sanders led scoring for the Stars with 13 points as Thomas Haynes added six points and Gabe Hudgeon chipped in five. Isaiah Robinson made his Bak debut with clutch basket in the fourth quarter and Jaylen Thompson and Thomas Clement held back a ferocious late comeback by Conniston.

“This was a complete team effort and we are very proud of how our boys played,” Douglas Battle, head coach said.

The Stars next challenge was another road game against Jupiter, which they lost 50-6. Their next game was their first home game against Independence.

“We need to work on locking them down with our full court press. We gave up a lot of easy fast break points yesterday [against Jupiter],” Navarro said.

Sanders believed that the Stars were prepared for the new schedule and felt confident that they could win.

Sanders said, “Going into these games against new teams, we cannot expect to win with the mentality that we are going to lose. We have to have a fighter mentality and believe that we are going to win. This new schedule is a challenge for us to overcome and I am looking forward to the journey.”