JV basketball drills and kills to prepare for upcoming season

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Freshman and center Matt Reiley elevates to win the jump ball for Carlmont in a 2013-2014 season game.

Alisa Takahashi

Freshman and center Matt Reiley elevates to win the jump ball for Carlmont in a 2013-2014 season game.

With the junior varsity (JV) basketball season gearing up, both players and coaches are excited to see what’s in store with this season’s opportunities.

JV players believe that this early on it’s hard to tell how the season is going to play out, but everyone is hopeful that it will be a good one.

“So far, we look great. Everybody has been working hard in practice to get to where they need to be,” said Josh Welman, the JV coach.

Basketball season is still in the early stages of tryouts, and cuts have not been made yet. The JV team has been practicing skills such as ball handling and speed that will help them win their games.

“We are practicing the basic fundamentals of the game as well as conditioning ourselves so that we can run up and down the court with ease,” said sophomore Ryan Geronimo.

As well as working on the core aspects of the game, the JV basketball team is also practicing their teamwork.

“We need to learn how to play together as a team as well as how to play both ends of the court as one unit no matter who we are playing,” said sophomore Matt Shen.

The players believe it will take some time for the JV basketball team to develop the skills they need to succeed, but if they continue showing the enthusiasm in practice that they have had for these first few weeks, then they will be more than ready by the first game.

The JV basketball team is practicing hard for their first tournament, which will start on Dec. 2.

The tournament will be a chance for the team to showcase what they have been working on, and to practice what they have been working on in a game setting.

“Everyone is excited, and [we seem like] we’re focused. [We’re] ready to play,” said Geronimo.

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