Boys basketball team finishes strong, barely misses playoffs

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Boys basketball team finishes strong, barely misses playoffs

Junior Tyler Borgman defends the ball while surrounded by competitors from Fort
Cherry on Jan. 24.

Junior Tyler Borgman defends the ball while surrounded by competitors from Fort Cherry on Jan. 24.

Junior Tyler Borgman defends the ball while surrounded by competitors from Fort Cherry on Jan. 24.

Junior Tyler Borgman defends the ball while surrounded by competitors from Fort Cherry on Jan. 24.

Carly Kusich, Features Editor

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After several months of action, the boys basketball team has concluded their 2018-2019 season with positive feelings and high hopes for the future. Although a few of the year’s games hadn’t looked their best earlier on, the team improved as the season went on and found more success closer to the end. In comparison to the few years prior, the team has overall brought more victory to Freedom.

“I think the team has shown tons of growth this season. We went from having less than five wins combined the previous two years to having eight total wins this year and missing the playoffs by one game. Although we came short on a few goals, we have shown what the Freedom Basketball Program has the potential to do and this season shows that the future is bright for the underclassmen,” junior Noah Spanos said.

The boys reigned triumphant when facing off against Fort Cherry on Jan. 24 and Riverside on Jan. 25 at home, winning 65-84 and 60-61 respectively. Soon after, they traveled to Carlynton on Jan. 29, from which they came home with a success. Subsequently, the team hosted Keystone Oaks Feb. 1, who defeated them 73-67. Two losses followed this: Avonworth on Feb. 5 and Quigley on Feb. 6, both of which were away games.

The boys’ final two games both had them coming out victorious, allowing them to come out of the season with a strong finish. On Feb. 7, they vied with Canevin at home court. Several days afterwards on Feb. 11, they hosted Western Beaver, against whom they won 45-62. Throughout these final eight games, the team had a favorable record of 5-3.

Not only was Feb. 11 the final game of the season, but it was also the last game for the team’s two senior players Noah Yeck and Steven Leasure. Despite the pair being two of the team’s strongest players, the boys they’re leaving in their wake maintain high hopes for their teamwork in seasons to come.

“Our team has great chemistry after this season, and although we will lose one of our leading scorers and our main role players, other guys have a chance to step up and many players have shown they are ready to take on that role,” Spanos said.

In the finalization of their 2018-2019 season, the boys team has plenty of experience to prepare for the next.

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