Tech’s Boys Varsity Basketball team completed their first four games of the regular season, giving good insight as into their performance in the coming season. Currently, the team’s record stands at two wins and two losses within the Brooklyn A4 league.
Both of the team’s victories have gone down to the wire; they claimed their first victory on the road against Wingate Educational Campus with a score of 60-58. The boys followed up that tight win with another victory at home, beating Prospect Heights Campus 68-64.
Following those first two exciting battles, the team has suffered three consecutive losses, losing by an average of nearly 20 points per game in those games. Despite this rough patch of the season, the team remains optimistic, believing that their most difficult stretch of the season is behind them, as they were faced by some of the strongest teams.
When asked if the team could bounce back, team leading scorer and Point Guard Zachary Nedell ’19 responded with, “Of course. Losses will help us get better for the end of the season where it counts.” In its next game, the squad will face the currently undefeated Canarsie Educational Campus, who has control of the top spot in their division.
This season, we should expect for the Engineers’ offense to flourish. In their first game, Willem Nielsen ‘19 scored 23 points, draining seven threes. Nielsen led the charge in the next game, dropping 22 points on six makes behind the arc. The team has scored 60 or more points in three of the five games and hopes to maintain its powerful offensive attack for the rest of the season.
As basketball is a sport that relies heavily on teamwork, the team’s chemistry could play a significant role in its strong offense. “The team chemistry is good, really good. We’re all close,” Nedell said. While there are bright spots amidst the losses, the team recognizes that they need to improve on the glass. The senior added, “We’ve got to rebound better, for sure,”. The current lack of rebounding can be attributed to the group only having one true Center in comparison to seven Guards.
Overall, the squad is optimistic about its potential. Since 2015, Tech’s Boys Varsity Basketball team hasn’t finished a season under .500, with it coming in second place in the Brooklyn A4 league in two of its last three seasons. As long as the team survives this early stretch we look forward to seeing the players’ action-packed offensive as they get further into the season.