Boys’ hoops plays in district tourney

Konur Oyman, Staff Writer

The boys’ varsity basketball team concluded the regular season on somewhat of a low note, losing to Master’s Academy on Senior Night on Friday and finishing with a losing record at 12-14.  Basketball for the Cats though is not yet over as they look to succeed in the postseason.

The Cats will take on Astronaut in their first district tournament match tonight at Cocoa High School. The Cats are 1-1 against the War Eagles this season.  Led by senior guard Scott Adams who had a 19-point game in the first matchup, the Cats won in a 50-38.  But in their second encounter with the War Eagles  — this time without Adams on the court due to injury — the Cats lost one of the most lopsided games of the season 70-48. According to Coach Tony Riopelle, there are three keys to winning tonight’s game.

“First, we need to limit the touches of numbers 15 and 23 for Astronaut,” he said. “They hurt us last game by hitting eight threes between them. Second, we need to rebound and third, we have to limit turnovers, especially against their press.”

Even though Adams remains injured, the Cats still have loads of talent both offensively and defensively, but seeing what happens when they play without Adams cannot be comforting.

The boys’ varsity basketball team ended their regular season on a low note, losing to Master’s Academy on senior night 55-47.

On Friday, the Cats concluded their regular season against Master’s Academy with a 55-47 loss.

They were lead by senior guard Anthony Wattwood who had 14 points, three assists, five rebounds and three steals.  Another notable contributor was senior center John Bond who had 12 points and six rebounds.

”We played well except for the second quarter,” said Riopelle of the period during which Master’s Academy went on a 16-7 run from which West Shore never recovered.