After a horrible season two years ago and a decent season the year before, the Mustangs’ boys varsity basketball looks forward to improving from last season.
Unlike last season, the basketball team will be playing in the De Anza League, which is Division One in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, coach Shawn Hook said. Managing to place second and JV placing first has allowed the team to play in an upper league.
The team is also close with one another as they took a retreat up to Ukiah for team building efforts.
“I think [that] we are looking pretty good, our team chemistry is great and [the] team bonding trip to Ukiah definitely brought us close,” senior Frankie Guerrera said.
Despite being in an upper league, Hook and the rest of the team look forward to bringing about a good season and making it to CCS again.
“I just want the juniors to give everything they have and [that] we make it [in]to CCS so the seniors can leave as winners,” Hook said.
Their first game, which is with Terra Nova High School, will be HHS’ third meeting with the school. According to Hook, both teams scored a victory with HHS making an amazing comeback in the second half of the game last season.
“We were down by like 20 and we came back. This year we are going to do the same,” senior Justin Yi said.
Senior Eric Sathy is the captain of the basketball team this year and is hoping to have a good year as well.
“I look forward to the friday night games and I hope we make it to CCS this year,” Sathy said.
With much to look forward to in the season, each athlete on the team had different aspects of this season they were most looking forward to. Yi stated that he looks forward to Senior Night and looking to get some play time this year.
“The Fremont game is one game I look forward to most,” Guerrera said.
“We want to play the best so Los Gatos, Palo Alto and Cupertino are the top teams in the league, so definitely those,” Hook said.
With a team bond stronger than ever, the Boys’ varsity basketball season hopes to pull off a great season in an upper league.