MAST basketball has taken a new turn with the inception of a junior varsity team. Coach Matthew Romano is excited to lead the boys on their first season ever.
“Our goal this season is to win as many games as possible and to represent MAST with pride,” Romano said.
The team is led by captains freshman Robert Delillo and sophomore Blake Miller.
Notable players on the court include freshman Jaylen Bishop and sophomore James Acosta. Romano appreciates their efforts on the court both for their leadership and their talent.
“James drains buckets; Jaylen goes hard in the paint; and Robert leads on the court. Blake is my player to watch and adds an essential amount of skill to our game,” Romano said.
The junior varsity team currently has a record of 1-9, but they do not let this record bring them down. They focus on each game individually and strategize around each separate game.
The addition of a junior varsity team gives MAST basketball a direction they did not have before. By including a junior varsity team, MAST basketball players gain experience that they can take when they move up to the varsity team.
With regard to the boys’ varsity team, they have another year of experience under their belt and are looking to use this experience to compete against the biggest of rivals. The change is already visible on the court with the chemistry between the players being one of their biggest assets.
“The Miami Springs game was a really good game because we had excellent teamwork and everyone was able to play,” senior Alfredo Hiller said.
“Our biggest rivals this season were probably Terra Environmental Research Institute. We lost to them 54-46 in one of our closest games this season,” coach Allen Joseph said.
The eight point loss to Terra Environmental Research Institute was not the team’s only close game. The December 7 Miami Edison Senior High School game was a tight one too.
The team’s captains seniors Jordan Oria and Alfredo Hiller are important players and are working to help the team improve their 1-14 record. Junior Jake Norton is one of the team’s new and upcoming players, and is notable for his hard work on the court.
The team’s first victory came against Scheck Hillel Community School with a 50-46 score.
Both MAST basketball teams are working hard to represent MAST the best way they can. With notable players and excellent teamwork, both teams look to expand on their growing experience and make seasons to come more exciting than ever before.