Ben Sax – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS boys basketball team finished the season with a record of 24-5.
Basketball coach Jeremy Schiller felt his team had an amazing year.
“We had an amazing season. Twenty-four wins and four losses with one of the toughest schedules in Florida. We went undefeated in our district for the third year in a row. We won our district championship for the third year in a row. We went 15-0 with an average margin of victory of 27 points per game vs Sarasota and Manatee County.”
He added, “We had an opportunity to play in some of the biggest tournaments in the country and in front of tons of college coaches. Our players had an amazing experience this year and they were an amazing group to work with. They definitely maintained our tradition of excellence.”
LRHS lost to Hillsborough Riverdale in the regional quarterfinals. According to an article by East County Observer, “This was the first home loss for the Mustangs since December 2015.”
Schiller said, “Riverdale played a great game and had a great game plan. We, unfortunately, were not at full strength. In the playoffs, you have to be healthy and playing at a high level to beat the top teams. We battled, but missing players due to injury and illness made winning tough. And Riverdale made a few more plays than we did to win.”
Schiller believes his team will rebound from the loss.
“One game will never define our program. We focus on all the amazing things we accomplished and our journey together. Our program has never been about wins and losses, it’s about relationships and experiences and the brotherhood that our players have developed together.”
Looking back on his years with the graduating seniors, Schiller could not be prouder of his players, “The class of 2018 was special. Four straight 20-win seasons, and 94 wins 21 losses overall during their career. The class of 2019 and 2020 have huge shoes to fill and I believe they will step up.”
After the success of 2017-18, Schiller is very excited about next year.
“I am excited about what next season holds for our program,” said Schiller. “We return ten varsity players, and our junior varsity (JV) team was really good. In those ten returners, we bring back our leading scorer from this season, and three starters. We are looking forward to seeing who steps up into new roles as we look to keep our tradition of success going.”
Mustang senior looks back on four successful basketball years
Bella Sellmer – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS boys’ varsity basketball team made it to regional quarterfinals this year, and senior Damien Gordon was a big part of making that happen.
Gordan has been on the LRHS boys’ varsity basketball team since his freshman year.
“I have been playing for the Lakewood Ranch varsity team since my freshman year and have enjoyed it,” Gordon said.
Gordon began playing basketball at around age five. His basketball career has lasted almost 13 years.
Gordon started playing basketball because his whole family did while they were in high school. He wanted to continue this tradition and has been playing ever since.
Gordon said, “Basketball is fun and that is why I continue to play it.”
Besides playing for the LRHS varsity basketball team, Gordon has also played for clubs and even taught the sport to others.
Former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson has been Gordon’s biggest inspiration since he was a little kid.
Gordon does plan to continue playing basketball and has a scholarship to St. Petersburg’s Eckerd College, where he will continue his basketball career.
Eckerd is a division two college in St. Petersburg and Gordon is looking forward to attending it.