Sweat plus sacrifice equals success

Boys basketball team hopes to push for wins after midseason standings


Senior Tyler Mohrbacher looks for open teammates to pass the ball to in an intense game against New Brighton on Jan. 14.

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Pushing through the season, the boys basketball team currently has a 5-10 record. The team this season consists of 11 varsity players, which are swapped out at various times during games. After losing valuable seniors from last year’s season, the boys are working their hardest in best efforts for a successful season.

Coming back from winter break, the team traveled to Carlynton on Jan. 3 to face the Cougars and fell 60-51. Four days later the team faced Keystone Oaks on home court, and after a back-to-back game, the team fell 80-75. The next day, the team regained their strength as they successfully grasped a win at South Side 74-65.

“We feel like at this point in the season we should have won a few more games than we have, but there is a lot more basketball left to be played,” coach Jeffrey Griffith said. “And we are going to make some things happen because we have a group of guys that come out and play hard every night.”

On Jan. 10, the team traveled to Avonworth to take on the Antelopes and fell 76-71. However, a game on Jan. 13, the team defended home court against the Rochester Rams and with an overwhelming victory, the team came through with a final result of 87-35.

Traveling to New Brighton, the team took on the Lions, as the student section wore “black out” themed attire in support. After an intense game, the team fell to a close 70-67. On Jan. 17, the team hosted North Catholic where the boys eventually fell 88-43. Moving forward, the team then hosted Seton LaSalle on Jan. 21, where the team once again faced a loss 64-61. From the teams most recent game on Jan. 22, the team traveled to Riverside to face the Cougars. After a lot of dedication, the team faced another loss 61-47.

Despite the losses the boys have faced, every game is filled with supporting fans, ready to cheer for the team. The student section creates themes for every game, in which several students attend to show their support.

“There is an excitement around Freedom basketball right now, because these guys are fun to watch.  We have the best student section in Beaver County for a reason; our games are exciting,” Griffith said.

The team is also preparing strategies to rise above other teams, in hopes of having more successful results for all of their hard work and dedication.

“Almost every night, it comes down to the last minute.  We have also played in 2 overtime games and had a great comeback win against South Side recently,” Griffith said. “We are going to finish the season strong by winning more of these close games.”

Finishing out the season, the boys will travel on Jan. 31 to square off against Keystone Oaks. On Feb. 4, the boys will host Avonworth, followed by hosting Quigley Catholic the next day. The last game of the season is scheduled for Feb. 10, where the boys will face Western Beaver.