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Boys basketball starts season with a victory against Los Altos

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The Bruins boys varsity basketball team started off their season with a close 60-58 win against the Los Altos Eagles on Nov. 25.

According to Coach Anthony McGilvery, the team had one goal in mind for their first game. They wanted to win. But many of the Eagles were taller than the Bruins, so they had to focus on pressuring and defense.

“That was the only way we had a chance,” McGilvery said.

The game started off with both teams neck and neck with the scores staying the same until 10-10. Then with some loud encouragement from McGilvery, the boys began to push and take a lead.

Freshmen Fredge Arthnin Ramos and Jiovhani James Toledo, scored three-pointers left and right, giving the Bruins a 5 point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Throughout the second quarter, the boys increased their lead to eight points. Ramos struck again with two three-pointers towards the end of the second quarter to wrap up the first half with a 4 point lead for the Bruins.

The Bruins continued their streak into the third quarter with senior Christopher Clark scoring 9 points in the first few minutes. SCHS peaked their lead to 15 points at 47-32.

The Eagles attempted a recovery during the fourth quarter. Los Altos began to chip away at the lead the Bruins had made from the first three quarters, making the score 58-52.

With 16 seconds left, the scores were only 4 points apart. Then the Bruins’ fouls added another point to the Eagles, coming to 58-55. At two seconds left, the Eagles’ fouls added two points to the Bruins’ scores. The Eagles used a last throw to make a final three-pointer as the buzzer blared loudly, leaving the score at 60-58.

“We almost lost our cool in the end,” Jovanovic said. “But we closed it out well.”

Even with the mistakes made at the end of the game, the team is sure that they will make their way through the challenges ahead of them.

“Our personality is to go forward,” McGilvery said. “So it will be fun to watch them grow.”

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