Boys’ basketball perseveres through rough season

Team pushes for improvement


Henry Harper

Senior Derric Standifer goes for a heavily contested layup in the game Feb. 16. Park lost to Cooper 64-56.

Talia Lissauer

With half of the 2020-21 season behind it, the boys’ basketball team reflects on its work. While the team is having a rough season, junior Cameron Delorme said they are learning and bettering themselves through each loss.

“It’s not going the best. We definitely need to win some more games, but despite all the losses we are improving little by little, which is all that matters,” Delorme said.  

Determining if the team is having a good season is based on more than the record, according to assistant coach Wayne Lott.  As of Feb. 17, the current record is 2-8.

“As we go, we are going to get better and this is just a strange season, but the kids are working together to try to make a successful season,” Lott said. “It is not always about the wins and losses; it is about the kids getting better.”

While he believes wearing a mask is necessary, Delorme said the mask mandate is negatively contributing to the teams playing ability. 

“(COVID-19 restrictions) have impacted the season in a big way because it is really hard to breathe in the masks when you are playing and you have to keep them above your nose. So it is tough to catch a breath when running up and down the court,” Delorme said.

Moving forward, junior Trevor Piehl said he hopes the team will come together to play collaboratively.

“Just being together more as a team and playing more as a family (is what we need to improve on),” Piehl said.

Because the season was delayed due to COVID-19, Lott said the team lost valuable practice time, which has left less time for the teammates to get to know each other on the court. 

“Normally we start earlier and we can get more practice time in now. Everything is so condensed. It takes a while for the team to be cohesive,” Lott said. “Everyone is dealing with it (so) we have to deal with it too.”