Road to Winter SPC: Boy’ Basketball


Jake Nyquist

Senior Risher Randall takes the ball down the Liu Court during their final home game of the season, Feb. 4. The team defeated John Cooper 49-47.

Matthew Neal, Staff Writer

After consecutive SPC titles in 2011 and 2012 and a second-place finish last year, the seniors on the boys’ basketball team hope to finish their Maverick careers where they began: first in SPC.

“We’re preparing for SPC by working hard every day to get better for the tournament,” senior Jim Mace said. “We all knew that losing Yusef [Chabayta (’13)] and Kory [Haywood (’13)] would be hard to overcome, but our senior experience has really helped us overcome losing guys.”

The team is seeded second in South Zone with a 14-12 record.

The team won their last game of the season against Houston Christian, 54-53, after a buzzer shot by captain Justise Winslow, Feb. 7.

“It was an incredible game. The team fought so hard and never stopped believing that the game was in reach,” Winslow said. “I made the winning shot, but there’s no way I’m in that position without my teammates. [Senior] Risher [Randall] made an unbelievable three-point shot off the glass. This win really embodies our saying, ‘Team Is Everything.’”

Boys’ basketball plays its first game at SPC against North Zone’s third seed, St. Mark’s, at 12:00 noon in the Metro Gym at Houston Christian, Feb. 14.