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Winter 2018 Sports Report: Basketball

Friday, March 30, 2018

Girls Varsity

This was a tremendous season of growth for the girls varsity basketball team. Many of our players were new to basketball and from the beginning were dedicated to building their fundamentals. We are proud of the way our players were able to improve their individual technical skills such as dribbling, shooting, and passing but also improved collectively as a team. They deepened their understanding of the game and honed their defensive skills.

During the final third of our season the effort and execution on defense paved the way for the team to climb from 6th to 4th place in three games. In the quarterfinals the Blazers beat Edlin with a gritty performance to advance to the semifinals. During the semifinal game against the # 1 seed Browne Academy the girls came back from a 15-point deficit to come within six points during the last four minutes of regulation play. We walked away with remembering a life lesson: Never EVER give up! Thank you players and parents for a great season!

- Coach Bethany McCoy

Boys Varsity

The Blazers had an eventful and successful season. Led by Coach EJ with assistance from alumnus and alumni parent Jon Ustun, the boys varsity team grew tremendously over the course of this basketball season. They began with individual skills that developed with time. Ultimately the skills of each player merged cohesively to create a phenomenal team.

Fundamentals such as shooting, passing, and defense were essential for our season, and each Blazer learned how to bring their skills to the forefront and benefit each game. They not only deepened their understanding of basketball, but also learned a number of different defense systems, offensive plays, and created a strong press defense which led to a number of turnovers and points during vital games. A major strength of this Blazer team was the element of quick decision-making and ball movement—skills that developed from the beginning of the season and which, by the final game, were clearly evident in the team’s ability to move the ball and play as a Blazer team. Coach EJ is very proud of this!

Burgundy took third place in a tough season closer vs. ACDS; and the 8th graders have “passed the torch” to the next generation of Blazers. Thank you players and families for a fun, dedicated, and overall great season!

- Coach Emily “EJ” Jonas ’03

JV Boys

The boys JV basketball team concluded a fine and rewarding season with a very close victory against Congressional, a game decided in the final exciting minute. After building a small lead in the first half, Congressional came back to take the lead in the third quarter. The team rallied behind scrappy team defense to pull out a close win and finish their season undefeated. They deserve to be very proud of their team play!

- Coach Jon Ustun ’75

JV Girls

The junior varsity girls basketball team was comprised of primarily 6th graders who were dedicated to learning the game. The team put in a lot of hard work learning the rudimentary skills necessary for team and individual success. They learned basic offensive strategies and executed an active 2-3 zone defense. Each player contributed to the team’s success and played a role in every game by utilizing their strengths on the court. By the end of the season they were calling out plays, running a basic fast-break offense and playing with passion and pride. We hope that everyone will continue playing basketball next season!

Go Blazers!

- Coach Bethany McCoy