BMHS Pridetime Reporter
The upcoming McMahon basketball season has high expectations, which brings along a lot of preseason hype.
I recently sat down with varsity shooting guard Paul Andy Louis on what we could expect from him and the Brien McMahon team.
Paul started his Mcmahon basketball career as a sophomore. “ I started playing varsity basketball my sophomore year, the coach saw something in me after a JV home game, and he offered me a spot on the varsity roster". This year he wants the team to play their best.
“I have to work my hardest I have to set a good example for upcoming seniors, but I need to work on developing my leadership skills, and I plan on doing that by playing my hardest out there and showing a lot of effort.” was the response after being asked how much harder he’d have to work considering he’s now a leader.
With the New Coach could bring along many issues, but For Paul, these issues won't be evident. “I and the coach have gotten to know each other pretty well, we went out to eat and to the movies off the court, he seems to know what we’re capable of and he pushes us to do better, and to play for the guy next to you.” Paul stated.
On the court, the coach has brought along many new ideas and plays to the team. “The new coach brings opportunities to the team, he’s a good coach you know, and I think this new transition is good for the team because we’ll learn new things to win the hopefully bring in a State Championship,” said Paul.
Paul stated, “ The team’s goal for this year is to play for each other, play team basketball, become brothers, and to succeed on and off the court”. When asked why he believes this goal will be reached Paul responded “I don’t believe we have a choice this goal needs to be reached, we need this goal to happen and these attributes in order to win games” Paul responded.
Paul describes himself as a mid-range shooter, and a fast player as well. “My role on this team is to get us to communicate on defense and do what I do best which is taking it in the whole” Paul states.
“The best memory I have was when I scored 30 points against Trinity, this is my favorite memory because in that moment on the court nothing mattered to me, my mind was clear, and I saw what an effective player I can be when I have great teammates to handle and pass the ball”
Pridetime Reporter: Chris Clemens
On December 13th the Brien McMahon girls basketball team opened their season with a win over the Darien Blue Wave by a score of 46-38.
The Senators were down at half by a score of 20-10. But in the second half, the Senators turned it on by the outscoring the Blue Wave 36-18.Senior Shaniya Mesilen led the way with 11 points and junior Michelle Perea also added 10 points to the winning effort.
“It was awesome to go out there and get our first win in our first game especially since it was against Darien who we lost to in our first game last year .”[Bryanna Perez ‘19]
The turning point in the game is when Shaniya Meilen had 9 points and Michelle Perea had six in the fourth quarter that really gave the senators the breathing room they needed to pull away with the win.”I believe that played a key part in the win today was that even when we were down at half we never gave up, we wanted to come out firing in the second half and that is exactly what we did.”[Shaniya Mesilen’18]
The Lady Senators will look to keep the momentum going on Friday when they travel to Fairfield to take on the Fairfield Warde Mustangs at 7 pm.
BMHS PrideTime Reporter
2016-17 record: 15-8 (overall)
Coach: Darrick Eason
12/15- Ansonia (Scrimmage)
12/29- Holiday Tournament (TBA)
De 2016-17 record: 3-17 (overall)
Coach: Derek Sellers
Angelica De Lo Santos
2/2- New Cannon
2/12- St. Joseph
Coach: Patrick Bradley
Coach: Joe SantaLucia
BMHS PrideTime Reporter
With the basketball season starting up, the main goal for this year is to get to state championship. To prepare for this season, the boys worked offseason by playing fall basketball or worked out with personal trainers. But this year many changes were brought upon the team. Boys Varsity head coach Ken Dustin stepped down and new coach Derrick Eason will be taking over. PrideTime Reporter Kelete Sherald sat down with Xavier Rojas (‘18) and Saikwon Williams (‘19) to talk about how they feel about the new changes.
Xavier Rojas (‘18)
Kelete: Does playing under a new coach affect you?
Xavier: "Yes because it’s a whole new system. Our goal is to make sure that we can adjust to the system because in the end, we all want the same thing and that's a state title."
Kelete: Do you miss Coach Dustin? Does him resigning have a huge effect on you?
Xavier: "Yes, I had a very close and personal relationship with Coach Dustin and him leaving was huge. Fortunately, he still gives me pointers and advice to help me out with my game."
Rojas has been playing under Coach Dustin since 9th grade. This year, which is his last year of high school, he has to get use to a new coach which can be hard for any player in their senior year to do. “If we all stay together, I don’t feel like this will affect us one bit. In fact, I feel like this will bring us closer together and form that brotherhood on and off the court,” says Rojas.
Saikwon Williams (‘19)
Kelete: Going into your junior season for basketball, does having a new coach affect you at all?
Saikwon: "No, not really. I'm just focused on the same thing as last year and that's growing as a basketball player and helping my team go far."
Kelete: Do you think you will miss Coach Dustin?
Saikwon: "Yes, Coach Dustin was more than a coach to me. He was a mentor. He was someone who helped me achieve on and off of the court."
Kelete: Do you think you will be able to adjust to a new coach? Do you think you’ll be able to adjust to a different system and game plans?
Saikwon: "Well, last year was different because I had a role to play and we had seniors that could score the ball but this year I feel like it’ll be more of a team game than just us depending on one player to do everything."
On Monday, December 18th, boys basketball will be facing Waterford at Waterford High School at 6. Xavier Rojas and Saikwon Williams are ready for the season. The only thing they know is trusting the process.