A season in review: boys varsity basketball


Mduduzi Hlatshawyo (left) sizes up Menlo-Atherton’s Ryan Roberts (right)

Daniel Wang, Staff Writer

A lot can happen in the course of a basketball season. Team chemistry will grow or diminish and player morale will increase or decrease. However, the goal of every team every season is the same: to win the championship.

At the beginning of the season, the Carlmont varsity basketball team looked very good indeed. Led by scorer Michael Costello along with a deep bench, they were definitely a force to be reckoned with.

In Carlmont’s 12 preseason matches, Carlmont went 11-1, with a lone loss coming from Half Moon Bay.

In their 11 preseason victories, Carlmont outscored their opponents by an average of almost 15 points.

Carlmont carried their winning ways into the regular season. They beat Capuchino, Woodside, and Hillsdale by 25,17 and six points respectively.

Then, the season changed within a few days.

After the three win-streak in league, Carlmont fell short to Menlo-Atherton and Burlingame.

After the loss to M-A, Low said, “You hope that the kids will find the loss as motivation to work hard tomorrow.”

Even if the Scots did work hard, it didn’t show.

The 3-0 start to the season and 11-1 preseason ended up with Carlmont finishing in the middle of the table for PAL, behind Mills, Sequoia, Burlingame, M-A, and Aragon.

“It’s tough to keep the kids motivated after losing over and over again,” Low said. “This is a senior team, so next year there will be a completely different roster, and hopefully the sophomores have the mental toughness that it takes to win PAL.”

Next season, the Carlmont varsity team will try to improve their 6-6 league record with sophomore additions including point guard Joseph Rodriguez and center Oliver Surovell.

[/media-credit] Mduduzi Hlatshawyo (left) sizes up Menlo-Atherton’s Ryan Roberts (right)