After a tough start with back to back road losses at Clarkstown South and Putnam Valley, the varsity boys basketball team won their home opener against Valhalla. The games at Putnam Valley and Clarkstown South were not the best performances by the team but they were only losses by a slim margin. However, during their home opener against Valhalla the Trojans hit their stride. Behind stellar offensive play from Michael Bucci , Jake DiGiansante, and Sam Brandeis, as well as excellent defensive play from Alex Feuerstein, the Trojans defeated Valhalla for their first win of the season.The team, which has benefited by added chemistry from having three games under their belt, hopes these winning ways continue comparable to the success of last years team.
Expectations are high for the Trojans despite losing 6 seniors from last year: Kyle Mak, Austin Lavitt, Matthew Jaffe, Matthew Dubin, Freddy Heller ,and Brandon Hamlet. The six seniors were essential parts of the basketball team as they were the leaders on the court and during practices and on the bench. Their skills on the court will be missed as much as their leadership off of the court.
The captains have their work cut out as they aim to fill the shoes of their predecessors. The captains this year are Sam Brandeis (Senior), Garrett Hughes (Senior) and Jake DiGiansante (Junior), the last of which has just returned from an ankle injury. All three figure to have a major role on the team this year as they will be needed to replace the presences of last year’s captains.
The upcoming schedule contains a December 13th away game at Westlake High School, and back to back home games against Clark Academy and Tuckahoe High School on December 19th and December 20th, respectively. Come and support for the team at 4:30 on Monday (The 19th) and 6:00 on Tuesday (The 20th.) The JV basketball team will also being playing after the monday game and before the Tuesday game. So come out and support the Blind Brook Basketball program. Go Trojans!