Down to the Wire

Boys’ cagers have chance to finish .500 with victories in final three games


Kayla Estrada

Rising over the Alvarez defender, junior Adrian Cardenas makes a 3-pointer in the Trojans 60-42 win. The victory earned the Trojans a split with their rivals and kept them in the hunt for the playoffs.

In the 2021-2022 season, the varsity boys’ basketball team finished in 5th place with a 4-8 record in the league. This year the team looked to compete in the Gabilan Division and hoped to finish in the top three.

The team started the season strong, going 9-3 in the preseason, but league has proved to be tougher. Through nine games, the team is at 3-6. They finish the season with games against Hollister, Palma, and Monterey. They beat Hollister and Palma and lost by one at Monterey, so they have a shot to finish at .500 if they run the table.

“If we win out and finish at 6-6, I believe we have a really good shot at being top four in our league and earning an automatic qualifying spot to the CCS playoffs” Gil said. “If we finish below .500, then we are in the same situation we were last year where we’d be a qualifier because of our over .500 pre-season record, but it depends on who else in D-1 qualifies, then it would be up to the committee.”

Gil said the keys for this week were to get everyone healthy again. “We lost a huge contributor to our team in sophomore Kike Jacinto during Wednesday’s victory over Alvarez, sprained ankle,” he said. Gil was hoping to have Jacinto ready for the final three games. Although contributions from Adrian Cárdenas, Greg Cabrera, and Sammy Gil-Silva have been instrumental the entire year, along with the play of their big men – Austin Henry, Jesus Maciel and José Cruz. “Our success comes when they all score in double figures and our bigs play well,” Gil said.