Boys’ basketball dominates season

Wilson Bailey and Jack Bray

The boys’ basketball team is aiming for an SPC title after defeating 18 out of the 23 teams they have played this season. Juniors Jackson Peakes and Brian Gordon led the Mavs during all-SPC guard Charlie McGee’s absence before winter break.

At the start of the season, morale was high while the team competed against Lamar on Dec. 3. The Mavs jumped out to a fast start, leading at half-time. 

“Every year we play Lamar, and even if we are the better team, everyone expects us to lose. We just went into the game with nothing to lose,” McGee said.

Matthew Hensel
Gordon’s stats per game.

In the last three minutes of the game, Lamar fought back, but the Mavs maintained the lead and finished with a 67-63 victory on the road. 

“A lot of the guys on the team were here last year, and they went through some bad collapses and some bad losses, so they kept their poise,” McGee said. “Composure was key.”

The Mavs also dominated the Vype tournament on Dec. 26. After beating Nimitz High School 67-60, Peakes was approached by Vype, a sports media group that sponsored the tournament. In his interview, Peakes, who scored 31 points in the game, warned other teams not to underestimate the Mavs.

The Mavs will play a home game against Episcopal on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m.. Now, with McGee back in the lineup, the team hopes to capitalize on their momentum and win a championship.

“Without Charlie, we’ve really had to grow as a team, but now with Charlie back, we’re like a three-headed monster,” Wilson said.

Matthew Hensel
Peakes’ stats per game

For the seniors, these last games serve as an opportunity to leave their legacy on the program. 

“We have a chance to compete for a championship,” McGee said. “We have one of the best teams that we have had in a really long time. For the seniors, this is our last go at it—this is where we have to give everything we have one last time.”  

Come out and support your Mavs tomorrow!