Boys Basketball picks up 2 big wins

Despite playoff loss, boys basketball team feels season was a success.

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Despite playoff loss, boys basketball team feels season was a success.

Mason Hurley, Multimedia Editor

The boys basketball team put up a lot of points and won two straight games over the weekend.

The Highlanders beat Seneca Valley 81-63 on Friday, and went on to beat Shaler 74-55 on Saturday. The wins moved the team’s record to 3-4.

Sophomore James Wesling and junior Connor Gitzen scored double digit points in both games, and freshman Bezaleel Abdul scored 20 against Shaler.

Junior Nicholas Petrilli commended all three players for their efforts, as well as senior Connor Lavelle and Gitzen for their work rebounding.

“Bez played very poised and controlled the tempo.” Petrilli said. “Wesling brings so much energy because of his shooting ability, and when he’s confident he’s a dominant player.”

Petrilli said the team is energized after their decisive wins.

“It feels good to have back-to-back wins against two very solid teams in Seneca Valley and Shaler,” Petrilli said.

Petrilli noted the importance of fixing some of the small mistakes that the team has been making.

“We need to get rid of some mistakes like unforced turnovers if we want to get to the next level,” Petrilli said.

The team faced an uncertain start due to the winter sports shutdown that took place at the opening of the season. But Petrilli said the team has been able to bounce back from adversity.

“I feel that we have taken steps forward as a program, and have handled adversity well,” Petrilli said.