The Wick Stays Lit

School spirit had a strong presence throughout St. Luke’s on Friday, January 13, in anticipation for the two basketball games versus SLS arch-rival, Brunswick.  Boys JV Basketball was set to battle Brunswick JV at 4:00 pm, and the Varsity game followed at 6:00 pm.  The Sentinel spoke with the head of the Sixth Man , Dan Kagan, before either game had started. He was very excited for the games to start, along with many other members of the Sixth Man. When asked about the games, he said, “Let’s see how the night plays out.”

However, the night was not in St. Luke’s favor.  The Boys JV team got off to a slow start.  After losing the jump, they allowed Brunswick to score 6 points before  scoring any points themselves.  The first SLS player  to score was freshmen Kevin Florio, who hit a 3-pointer.  St. Luke’s defensive play was lacking at first, until senior Luke Osherow came in and set the tone on defense. Junior Jacob Henne helped provide an offensive spark, going 3-5 from the 3-point line. TJ Simpson, Jack Tekin, and Ron Holland all helped the Storm offensively and defensively; however, it was not enough to beat the more seasoned Brunswick team.  According to Coach Miller, “rebounds and turnovers were the keys to today’s game, and they beat us in those areas.” However, it seemed the student body was proud of the team’s effort.

Senior Adam Connolly gives it his all during the Varsity game

The Boys Varsity game was much closer in the beginning of the game.  Sophomore Sean Cullinane claimed the first points of the game, draining a deep 3-pointer.  St. Luke’s went up 9-0 early in the first half, only to let the Brunswick offense go on a 20-5 point run.  The first half ended with both teams neck-and-neck, the score 17-21 in favor of Brunswick.  However, the second half showcased Brunswick’s superiority.  St. Luke’s had just 13 points on offense in the second half compared to Brunswick’s 30. The final score came out with Brunswick on top, 51-30.

The St. Luke’s Varsity Basketball team lost multiple seniors last year, and this year there are 3 freshmen and an eighth grader on the team.  “This is a rebuilding year”, said senior Adam  Connolly .  “We have seen huge improvements over our last 2 games versus GFA and Masters, and I think we will continue to improve everyday we are out on the court.  We all just need to buy into Coach K, and I think that everyone is staring to realize that now.”

Coach K agrees. “I do see a lot of potential in our team”, he told the Sentinel,”but the one thing you can not teach is experience.”  The St. Luke’s Boys Varsity team will continue to improve throughout the season, and look to go to work against their next opponent:  King.

Noah Daniel, Contributing Writer 

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