Sweat drips down the boy’s forehead, running slowly down his face, past his chin as it trickles down his focused expression, eyes targeting the hoop in front of him. The rough, coarse skin of the basketball feels comfortable in the player’s hands. He raises the ball up to his face, his concentration focused on aiming the ball until the swish of the hoop is heard. He calmly takes a breath, holding it in and drowning out the noise of the crowd. The player shoots the ball, soaring through the air until it lands peacefully in the net and the noise of the crowd backs the joy within the player’s depths.
The JV and Freshman basketball teams finished their seasons with astounding success at the tournaments they competed at as well as the various season games with all the teams achieving at least more than 15 wins.
The JV Blue team finished their season on February 8, 2019, with a record of 16-12. They played at 3 tournaments over the course of the season, the Naaman Forest Tournament, the Creekview 9th/JV Tournament, and the Jesuit Christmas Tournament. At the Naaman Forest Tournament, they finished with a 1-2 record beating McMillan. At the Creekview JV Tournament, they finished with another 1-2 record beating Colleyville. At the Jesuit Christmas Tournament, the final tournament for their season, they were able to go 2-1 beating Highland Park and Grapevine after a loss to Plano West.
The JV Gold team finished their season on February 12, with a record of 19-9. They also competed at 3 tournaments over the course of the season, the Naaman Forest Tournament, the Southlake Carroll Tournament, and the Jesuit Holiday Tournament. In the first tournament, they went 2-1 beating both South Garland and Frisco Liberty, only losing to Plano West. In the Southlake Carroll Tournament, the JV Gold team played 4 games going 3-1. They beat Flower Mound Marcus, Keller, and Plano East and only lost to Duncanville. At the final tournament, the Jesuit Holiday Tournament, the JV Gold team went 2-1 beating both Sachse and Wylie and only losing to Plano West.
The Freshman Gold team finished their season on February 12, with a 22-6 record. The Freshman Gold team also competed at 3 tournaments over the season. At the Plano East Tournament, the freshman team went 3-1 beating Flower Mound, North Crowley, and McMillan and only losing to McKinney. At the next tournament, the Creekview 9th/JV tournament, they went 2-1 beating Richardson and Colleyville Heritage and only losing to Prosper. At their final tournament of the season, the Jesuit Christmas Tournament, the freshman team went undefeated beating Wylie, Shepton, and Clark.
The Freshman Blue team ended their season on February 12 with a 20-6 record. They competed at 3 tournaments, with two of them only having one game. At the Plano East tournament, they lost 33-61 to Duncanville. At the Mesquite tournament, the freshman team lost to Mesquite Horn 33-67. At the last tournament of the year, the freshman team went 1-1 beating Wylie but losing to Clark. However, this tournament record doesn’t tell the entire story of the team’s season as they secured multiple victories against various teams including McMillen, Allen, Shepton, Prosper, Clark, both McKinney and McKinney Boyd.
Both the JV teams and Freshman teams seem to have very promising prospects to display over the next couple of years. Stay tuned to The Roundup for more updates on the Jesuit basketball teams!