Boys basketball shoots for playoffs

Junior Michael Koroly is seen dribbling past Washington's Zahmere Robinson en route to a huge victory over cross-town rival Washington.

Celeste Van Kirk--Observer Reporter

Junior Michael Koroly is seen dribbling past Washington's Zahmere Robinson en route to a huge victory over cross-town rival Washington.

After losing all of their starters from last season, the boys basketball team is in a rebuilding year. The team, despite having only two seniors, is looking for a quick turnaround to get back into the playoffs.

The team currently has a record of 5-5 (2-1 section) with Jake Hancher, Mike Koroly, Dylan King and John Correll as captains. The two seniors, Correll and Hancher, look to help this young team get back to the playoffs and build a foundation for future teams. Despite being young, the team believes that replicating the success of past teams will not be a problem.

“We have to fight through the growing pains, and realize how hard you have to play to compete at a varsity level as well as playing together and building on each other’s strengths,” stated Senior Jake Hancher.

The team participated in two tournaments this winter, with the games counting toward their record. The first tournament for the boys was at Canon-Mac High School in the beginning of December, and the last tournament was over Christmas break here in the main gym. In the Canon-Mac tournament, the boys finished 0-2. In the tournament at home, the team lost in the finals to Canon-Mac after winning its first game.

The team has had two comeback wins so far this season, both on the road. The most recent of them was on January 2, when the Hillers came back to defeat town-rival Wash High. However, the biggest comeback was defeating Montour 71-68 behind a buzzer-beating three-pointer from junior Noah Johnson. The Hillers, who went into that game as underdogs, stunned the Spartans in a true thriller.

“It was one of the best experiences of my high school career. It was a big game against a big rival and we wanted to beat them really bad, so beating them with a buzzer-beater was icing on the cake,” commented Hancher.

The team’s biggest rival is Montour, and beating your rival is one of the best parts of sports. While this task is easier said than done, the Hillers have the talent to pull it off.

“I would like to say the team and I believe we are going far this season, and will continue to fight and compete for our school and Hiller pride. I would like to give a shout out to the cheerleaders and Hiller Hooligans for all the support this season so far and into the future,” added Hancher.

The boys’ basketball team is in the right direction to get back to the playoffs. With the right practice and preparation, the team will have success and win games on their road to another playoff appearance. Be sure to go out and support the boys in their next home game, January 22, against Montour!