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Boys basketball is ready to enter the season with a slam dunk

Boys basketball works hard to adapt to the changes for the upcoming season.
Tyler Nguyen
Shooting for Victory: Boys basketball lines up for the shot for their OATV debut. (Photo by Tyler Nguyen)

Shooting for the win in the 2023-24 winter season, OA boys basketball is ushering in high expectations for their upcoming games. Led by team captains juniors Gabe Chaparro and Elijah Spessert as well as senior Andres Badillo, boys basketball hopes to come back stronger than ever despite a rocky preseason record.

Boys basketball played a multitude of preseason games which included both losses and wins. Though the preseason record wasn’t as clean as they had hoped, varsity was still able to grow their plays and team chemistry during these games. 

“We learned a lot of new concepts on offense and since it’s a relatively new team, it was great build[ing] more chemistry with all the other teammates.” Matthew Shen, a freshman on varsity, said.

After placing fourth in the 405 league during last year’s season, the team is more ambitious than ever to place high this year. Besides reaching CIF playoffs and placing second in league, boys basketball holds numerous goals for their season. They plan to achieve these by strengthening their mentality during games as well as boosting confidence in their athletic abilities. 

“…don’t worry about the mistakes and just move on.” head coach Paul Thavornach said. “The self-confidence piece and winning for the team is going to solve a lot of the issues that we have.”

The team also hopes to build their team chemistry so that it would transfer to their games to come. Bonding events such as the team trip to Catalina Islands in December helps the team get closer and work better as an athletic team.

“Once a year, we try to take the boys out for a team bonding trip. We want the boys to get out of their element and build their team chemistry as well,” said Coach Thavornach.

Team bondings like these are especially important for a new team. The lineup for this year’s season also shows as a new change that the team would have to adapt to. As a result of the majority of the starting lineup graduating last year, the new lineup is to be younger than usual. 

“I’m the only senior in the starting five, so it’s a very young team. But I feel confident for what we have built and [continue to build] because these guys are getting the experience they need and they’ll be confident in their upcoming years.” senior captain Badillo said. 

With lots of anticipation riding on their performance for certain, special games that would be played during the season, boys basketball continues to practice hard, growing stronger as a team and as athletes. 

“Our homecoming games will be important. Whitney is going to be great [to play], especially because we beat them last year. We have to beat them again,” said junior captain Chaparro. “[So} come out to boys basketball and watch and have fun.” 

Starting in the summer and continuing through preseason, boys basketball has been putting in their time and effort to make this winter season a great one. With lots of hype for the games as well as the excitement of the sport, boys basketball is sure to rise to the expectations.

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About the Contributors
Audrey Lee
Audrey Lee, Staff Writer
Audrey Lee is a freshman joining the Gamut as a staff writer. She joined Gamut with a love for literature, wanting to experience what it is like being a student journalist. She is also very excited about Gamut events like Secret Santa and the OCJEA competition. One of her favorite pastimes is reading, with Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand as one of her favorite books of all time. She is also passionate about volleyball and has even earned a spot on the Oxford Varsity volleyball team. Despite being one of the youngest members on the team, she feels like there is no barrier between her and her upperclassmen teammates; something that she loves about this team is that they are all very encouraging and they let her know that she can make an impact in the team regardless of her age. Besides practicing volleyball or reading, Audrey tends to be active in the OASIS club and hopes to join more clubs this school year.
Tyler Nguyen
Tyler Nguyen, Staff Writer
Active zucchini bread hater and morning showerer, Tyler Nguyen is a sophomore writer on staff, excited to write and tackle journalism competitions. Despite his self-diagnosed declaration of being “obnoxiously loud,” Tyler is an understanding, open-minded, and overall chill guy with a lottery-winning smile. Coincidentally, he compares himself to a lottery wheel, and whether it’s because he’s adventurous or indecisive, we’ll never know. With future aspirations of going into physical therapy, he currently plays tennis and commits to the gym. On campus, you might see him with a camera taking photos for the Gamut and pursuing his passion for photography. Outside of campus, you’ll find him volunteering with his signature Tyler Smile™. Whether you’re looking for an easygoing guy to strike up a conversation with or a dude with a dog named Bella, Tyler’s got your back.
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