The boys basketball team game season started in early December.
Varsity’s first game was in the beginning of December. The boys had a major victory against Big Foot Union High School, winning 77-56.
Now, in early February, varsity is towards the end of the season, and have won over half the games they played.
Phillip Jones, varsity coach, has been coaching basketball since 1978. This is his fifth year coaching at Shorewood.
Matt Jones, special education teacher and Philip’s son, coaches the JV team. Nick Phalin, recreation department supervisor, coaches the freshman team.
“My boys are great, but sometimes tough to work with,” Matt said.
“I would have to say my favorite part is the games; it’s kinda like a chess match. [The other team’s] coach is trying to do something to us, maybe they’re pressing us and I have to counteract that or find a press breaker; or [if] they’re fast breaking, we have to slow it down … or I’ll fake them out,” Phillip said.
There is only one thing Phillip dislikes.
“I hate when my players don’t come to practice,” Phillip said.
As the years progress, the team improves phenomenally, according to Jones. For the past five years, they have won at least one more game than the previous year.
“We are progressing,” Phillip said.
They have about 22 games each year. Last year they won 13 and lost 10. This year they hope to win even more, which Jones thinks is easily achievable.
Kevin Taylor, senior and varsity co-captain, has been playing basketball for over 13 years. Taylor loves scoring but hates all the running.
His other teammates said that he and his co-captain, Kenneth Odom, senior, are very motivational and that they keep the team in line.
“It’s a lot of leadership; you cannot break down or anything. It’s like you gotta control the team and make sure no one is doing stupid stuff,” Taylor said.
“I love being captain; I play a huge role, but the guys have to listen to me, even when I’m being dumb,” Odom said.
Taylor said he was very excited for the season, but frustrated with the slow start.
James Euing, sophmore, is new to the JV basketball team.
“It’s fun being with your friends, but I hate the running aspects of it,” Euing said.
by Mira Soldon and Abby Herbert