SJCA boys basketball team looks to end regional title drought

Boys optimistic as they approach regional play

William Van Lannen

The boy’s varsity basketball team improved to 8-5 but suffered a defeat in overtime against Martin Luther by a score of 72-68.

The boy’s varsity basketball team currently sits 5th in the Metro Classic Conference behind Martin Luther at 7-4 in conference play. The boy’s varsity basketball team played Saturday at Wilmot in a non-conference game. Wilmot entered the game against SJCA at 10-5 overall (7-4) in conference play and 4th in the Southern Lakes Conference. 

Junior captain Andrew Alia who recently passed 1,000 points was optimistic about his team’s fortunes: “So far we’ve been playing pretty well together as a team… other than the two games we dropped in the final seconds, we’ve been executing well.”

The Lancers will look to finish the season strong before the playoffs begin February 16. They will find out soon who they have in their regional bracket. They will look to end their 20-year drought without a regional championship. 

Junior Jacob Ashmus who decided to come back to the game is glad he made the right decision: “After not playing my sophomore year, I realized how much I missed this game. I am so glad to be playing again and having fun with my teammates. This year is a little different but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the game.”

The seniors are glad to go out on a winning team with a great attitude. “It has been a difficult year for all of us but I am so glad to be able to play my final year and enjoy playing with these guys because they are like family to me. I am grateful to be able to play my final year of basketball,” said senior Max McCarville.

The boy’s basketball team will look to continue their run of form and finish the season strong before the start of regionals on February 16. The Lancers’ last regional championship came back in 2001, and they’re looking to end that 20-year drought to cap off a memorable year.