Boys’ basketball snatches strong league win against Notre Dame 63-56

Lucas Gelfond

Boys’ basketball beat Notre Dame 63-56 in its second league game of the season.

Although the Wolverines finished the first half with a strong 30-15 lead, their lead slipped to ten points at the end of the third quarter and continued to fall in the fourth.

Boys’ Basketball Program Head David Rebibo mentioned that while he thought the first three quarters were strong, the team could’ve tightened up toward the end.  Rebibo says he hopes to improve upon the mistakes in the future.

“[We want to try to] just mimic those kinds of traps and situations,” Rebibo said. “Obviously the crowd noise and things like that on the road are something that you can’t mimic, but with time we’ll gain experience, get better from it and hopefully learn from our mistakes.”

Rebibo praised the team’s frequent passing and defense, with the exception of some missed defensive cues.

Forward Mason Hooks ’20 cited the team’s relative inexperience as reason for their weaker fourth quarter.

“I think experience will help it a lot,” Hooks said. “We’re a pretty young team, I’m in my second year, Johnny [Juzang ’20] is in is second year, everyone else is pretty much in their first year playing varsity basketball, and we’ll get better as we play more.”

Hooks also praised the team’s communication in passing and defense.

Forward Brase Dottin ’20 said that the team’s youth forces it to focus more on composure during games.

“As a young team, I feel like we can get out on teams in the first and second quarter but in the fourth, as a young team, we have to make it a priority to stay composed and not get into the crowd and what the other team is doing,” Dotin says.

The team is now 14-2 overall and 2-0 in league. The team plays Alemany at home Monday, a team they most recently beat 72-64 in the CIF State Playoffs.