Although basketball has never been amongst the most victorious of MAST sports, this year’s team shows great promise. Whether or not it is the return of second-year head coach Chief Allen Joseph or the rise of junior Alfredo Hiller to the position of captain of the team, MAST basketball is hungry for victory.
Hiller said what makes this year different is more discipline and better communication.
“We needed to pass the ball more, and now we have figured that out.” Hiller said.
“I was flabbergasted with this honor. I do not expect to let my teammates down, and I am ready and qualified to rise to the challenge.” Hiller said on his promotion.
Rising star junior Alon Adulami has high hopes for this year’s team.
“I believe Chief Joseph has honed his skills as a coach now that he has a year of experience under his belt. Also, with many new additions to the team, the talent of the future looks promising. Honorable mentions to freshmen Diego Torres and Lazaro Yanes,” Adulami said.
“The difference between this year and last year is night and day, this year is day,” Joseph said, despite the defeat.
There are plenty of good things to take away from the loss.
“They put way more effort into this game than they did last year. And honestly they played so much better. I am proud of them,” junior and second year manager of the team Sofia Sellar said.
With a tough schedule on the road to open their season, the boys hope to get off to a strong start. They began their season with two losses against Terra Environmental Research Institute on November 17 and against Monsignor Edward Pace High School at their respective home courts.
They also lost against Immaculata-La Salle high school in what was the tightest game so far this season, with a score of 43-38. The game saw great performances from junior Patrick Blanco and Hiller.
Joseph has high hopes for this years’s team.
“I think this year we have a legitimate chance to compete,” Joseph said.