The first home games for frosh boys basketball took place on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15. On Friday the Bucks came from behind to beat North Valleys, 40-34. Lowry finished the weekend with another league win over Truckee, 43-26.
Freshman basketball tryouts were November 17-19; where coach Jake Evans chose a group of kids who were ready to take on their first year of high school basketball.
Although not many games have taken place, coach Evans is proud of the gains the players have already made.
“We’re a lot better than we were from day one,” said Evans. “Which is a good thing for a coach; seeing that improvement in a couple weeks. It’s gonna be cool to see how far they’ve come in February.”
Of course, there’s always room for more improvement. Evans pointed out certain aspects that he hopes to emphasize on the players.
“We’re a little bit raw in some areas right now, like ball handling. Handling pressure is another big thing I’ve seen. We (the team) turn the ball over a lot when we get pressured. Also rebounding,” said Evans.
Point guard/shooting guard Iysis Arriola agrees with coach Evans on the certain techniques that need to be worked on. Arriola also mentioned improvements he’d like to see the team accomplish.
“I’d say our team is doing good so far. We just need more communication and confidence,” said Arriola. “What I need to work on is ball handling and encouraging my teammates.”
Both coach Evans and Arriola are looking forward to an outstanding season.
“I’m not really going to put an emphasis on wins or loses right now, but hopefully we’re winning our games by the end of the season,” said Evans.
Arriola stated, “My hope for the team is to have an outstanding season; no matter what.”
Overall, coach Evans is pleased with the team. He has no doubt that the boys will be ready for JV by the end of the season.
“We do a lot of cool things in our program like going and practicing with JV every once and awhile. They’ll be ready for it (JV), no doubt,” said Evans.