Boys basketball loses for the first time this season to Damien High School

Amelia Scharff

The boys basketball team lost to Damien High School 62-55 at home Thursday, ending the team’s undefeated streak. Although the team’s Mission League games have not started yet, the team’s preseason record is 3-1. 

Much of the team’s difficulty came from struggling to score on the offensive end and not protecting the rim during transition defense. The Wolverines struggled in the first quarter as they were down by eight points, and they stayed behind the rest of the game. By the end of the first half, the squad was down by 12 points. 

Although the team was playing “catch-up” for the entirety of the game, the Wolverines managed to have a successful third quarter in which they outscored the Spartans 14-7. However, their fight in the second half wasn’t enough to overcome their poor performance in the beginning of the game. 

Shooting guard Adam Hinton ’21 attributes the loss to the squad’s poor performance in the first quarter, and he said that he hopes the team can focus on the more minute details of the game in the future. 

“We got punched in the mouth, and we didn’t do anything about it,” Hinton said. “And we never fully recovered from that first quarter. It’s the little things like jumping to the ball, making sure to come together on switches, close-outs, getting to the midline and communication [that we have to work on].”

Center Landon Lewis ’22 said that despite the loss, he is still hopeful going forward in the season. 

“I think this year we have a promising team full of talent and it will be uphill going forward,” Lewis said. “I think next game we will play together and play hard.” 

The squad looks to continue its season at Notre Dame Dame High School on April 7.