2013-2014 First Team
First Team Basketball 2013-2014
The First Team basketball team finished the season with a 3-10 record. However, the record does not give justice to the overall success of the season. As with many teams, the main goal for the season was to get better. Our main focus was making good decisions both offensively and defensively, running the fast-break, and never taking a possession off. All-in-all there was a lot of good that came from this season.
The season started with two tough games against Scarborough and Gorham. In both games we held leads going into halftime. The first win of the season came against Massabesic on December 13th, 2013. The win acted as a huge boost as the team headed into a tough stretch of games with a huge Westbrook team, athletic Marshwood team, and Windham who plays on a regulation collegiate floor. All three games played down to the wire, but never ending in our favor.
Heading into the second half of the season with Portland, South Portland, and Deering all back-to-back-to-back, our goal was to remain competitive and work hard no matter what the scoreboard said. Games like these are always the toughest to get excited for, but our team played through the doubts and worked hard from tip to final horn. In this timeframe we also took a couple tough losses to Thornton and Scarborough which easily could have gone either way. In both games we took 10 point leads into half, but could not hang on long enough.
Two major highlights came during the second half of the season as well. We picked up our second win over Massabesic, and our best game of the season with a win against a very good Cheverus team thanks to a game winner in the final seconds of the game from Nick Scavuzzo. Another highlight happened earlier in the season during our Marshwood game. With less than five minutes to play the team battled back from being 14 points down to the final shot—although the shot didn’t fall, this game showed that the First Team was a team that just would not quit.
I truly enjoyed working with this group for the last three seasons. I have learned a lot from them and I look forward to watching each of them develop over the next few years both on and off the basketball court.