Boys’ Basketball holds off Indians for first win


Dean Stewart

Juniors Chris Mikulas and Jake Dimond go for a block in a district game against Cocoa Beach.

Led by an emphatic performance from their front court, the boys’ varsity basketball team trumped their district rival Edgewood in a 55-47 road win, recording their first regular season victory.

Both recording double doubles, junior center Jake Dimond and senior forward Sam Lack led the way for the Cats with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 points, 13 rebounds, respectively.

Lack, who is also the team’s captain, attributed their victory to their late game offensive execution.

“We finally got off the schneid and got ourselves a win. We put in extra effort in the second half and even though they tried to come back we were able to hold them off,” Lack said. “Overall our offense looked much improved and we will try to build off of this victory.”

Varsity coach Tony Riopelle was also impressed by the boys’ play, and says the team’s overall efficiency and their tenacity on the glass led to the victory.

“We rebounded extremely well, recording 40 boards.  We also didn’t turn the ball over too much with only 12 turnovers in the game,” he said. “We followed the defensive game plan and our big men really executed well.”

The Cats will next travel to Space Coast Junior/Senior High School to take on the Vipers in another district game and they hope to improve on their 1-3 district record.

Riopelle views their next contest against the Vipers as very important for their post-season hopes.

“It’s a district game against we are 1-3 against district teams. We are tied for 5th place right now with three other teams but if we win against Space Coast we will be likely to finish 5th,” he said. “Finishing in the top five is our goal for the season because that would give us a much more manageable first round game in the playoffs. I’m optimistic.”