Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS boys basketball team returned home from the Kingdom of the Sun tournament and then headed out to New Orleans for the Allstate National Sugar Bowl tournament.
LRHS played in a total of three games during the New Orleans tournament.
The first game was against Silsbee from Texas. LRHS beat Silsbee 74-56. The next game was against Bishop Loughlin from Brooklyn, New York. The Mustangs fought hard but ended up losing 56-31.
The final game of the tournament was played against Christ School from Arden, North Carolina. The game was tight the whole way but a last second push by Christ School let them capture a 54-52 win.
Overall the Mustangs played a lot of basketball over the break against high level opponents. The team grew on and off the court and are now better prepared for the state playoffs.
“I thought these two tournaments were really good for us as a team,” said LRHS junior Keon Buckley. “We played some tough competition and matured as a team which I’m hoping will help us later in the season.”
Head coach Jeremy Schiller agreed with Buckley, “I think anytime you challenge yourself it’s a great time to grow. Not just playing hard opponents, but also dealing with the traveling aspect.”
While there were a lot of high-level games that got played in New Orleans, the team also had some time for fun activities.
The team got to walk on the field at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, visit the World War II museum, and get beignets at Café du Monde.
LRHS senior Logan Higgins commented on the New Orleans experience, “It was amazing to be able to experience New Orleans with some of my best friends. It was an awesome thing to do during my senior year.”