With the new season just beginning, Boys Basketball has had a turbulent start, but they powered through. This year the boys have had a great deal to adapt to, such as having players, Ian Douglas and Elijah Johnson injured, Jarrod Bradley taking a year off coaching, and getting new coaches Dave Odell and Oliver Wheeler.
“I really enjoy our coaching staff this year, they like to improve players individually,” said team co-captain, junior Christian Widmer. “Me and some other players have been coached by Dave before, he has always helped us out on the sidelines, so it made a pretty smooth transition.”
At their game against Arroyo Grande, on Wednesday December 13, Arroyo Grande beat San Marcos with a close score of 57-54.
“We have a fantastic group of guys but, it’s been a little bit of a struggle,” said new coach Dave Odell. “We’re trying new techniques, we’re running a motion offense and learning to play a really good pressure defense, it’s a new style for even experienced players, some of our games haven’t been as pretty as others but I think we’re going peak at the right time.”
“Even with these last tough losses, we’ve learned a lot in these games,” said co-captain, junior Bryce Ridenour. “We look forward to playing the Dp game, to win.”
Despite their struggles, the boys have had a successful run so far in the Carp Tournament. They won both games on Friday December 14, and Saturday December 15. During Friday’s game against the Carpinteria Warriors the Royals beat the opposing team 49-40. In the third quarter the Carp Warriors were leading the game, but the Royals came from behind, and during the fourth quarter they gained a six point advantage. Team co-captain Christian Widmer scored a three-pointer, ending the game with a nine point lead.
“We have a lot of great players and balance on the team,” said team co-captain, senior Kevin Hempy.
Other Royals players who performed well in the Carp game were Uriel Hurtado and Bryce Ridenour, they both scored a total of nine points each, more than any of the other players in this game.
On Saturday boys basketball played against Channel Islands and they won 63-54, leaving them at 7-4 in the season. Kevin Hempy scored an astounding nineteen points and Uriel Hurtado scored an impressive seventeen points. All players gave their all and made San Marcos proud.
Make sure to wear red and come support boys basketball, Friday December 21 in the Thunderhut as they take on Dos Pueblos High School.