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Basketball opens up winter tournament

Boys’ basketball lost to Esperanza HS with a score of 54-64 at El Rancho HS on Nov. 29.

The away game brought the two teams together for an exciting and intense matchup, despite the final score not being in Wilson’s favor.

Head coach Willie Allen discusses how he feels about the outcome of the game today, and about the rest of Wilson’s games this week. Even though he is disappointed with the results of the game, he is confident that his players will have no trouble with the rest of their match-ups throughout the week.

“I [am] pretty sure we will win [on Wednesday]; I am very confident that if our boys played anywhere near the way they played against Esperanza, we should blow them out,” Allen said.

Captain Eric Gurrola (12) explains how hard the team had been training for this match and asserts that this was a great learning opportunity for the players.

“We practiced every day over Thanksgiving break building up to this day, and we also watched film from the team we were playing against,” Gurrola said.

Additionally, senior Nick Valencia appreciates how much the team has grown from this game.

“We are never happy after a loss, especially when the difference was only ten points, but I think we did grow as a team and hopefully can use this experience moving forward,” Valencia said. “I felt we improved as a team, moving the ball and getting everyone involved while also being aggressive on defense.”

Lastly, Valencia shares what he believed to be the most intense moment of the game.

“The most intense moment of the night was when we cut their lead to 5 in the fourth quarter, and we had stolen the ball but could not score on the possession,” Valencia said. “Although we did not score, it was a fun part of the game where there was lots of excitement.”

The Wildcats will retake the court three more times this week, concluding on Dec. 3.

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