Boys still undefeated in district basketball

Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Tuesday night the LRHS boys’ varsity basketball team defeated district opponent Sarasota High School by a final score of 85-41.

LRHS separated from the Sailors early in the game and never let off the gas.

junior christian perez scores
Junior Christian Perez scores for the Mustangs

LRHS head varsity basketball coach Jeremy Schiller commented on the game, “I was really proud of the fact that we stayed locked in and engaged. We really separated from Sarasota early on, and it can be challenging to stay focused for the entire game when that happens.”

Schiller also thought that all 13 players came ready to play and help the team.

During one of the first plays of the game, LRHS junior Jaden Jones stole the ball from the Sailors and then proceeded to throw a lob pass to junior Christian Shaneyfelt who slammed home the alley-oop play.

Shaneyfelt agreed with Schiller, “It is always good to beat a district opponent. I think everyone on the team played well and it should be a good confidence booster for the team heading into the final part of our regular season.”

This game put the Mustangs’ overall record to 13-5 and 7-0 against district opponents.

The next game will start at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and is away against Palmetto High School.

LRHS has not lost a district game since December 2014 and will look to keep that streak going against Palmetto.

“I think that everyone on our team understands the importance of taking every team seriously,” said LRHS senior Joshua Young.

Young also stated that the team is focused on keeping the district win streak going.

Mustangs say fans are key to success

This past weekend the LRHS boys’ varsity basketball played two games. The first was against the Braden River High School Pirates, and the second was against the Vero Beach Indians. 

Last Friday, LRHS took on rival Braden River High School Pirates in a district game at home. 

It was a closer game than the Mustangs would have liked, but the energy from the student section helped the Mustangs capture a win. 

“The energy from the student section was indescribable,” said LRHS senior Logan Higgins. “Not only does the student section provide us with so much energy during the game, but they also distract the other team from the game.” 

LRHS head varsity basketball coach Jeremy Schiller agreed with Higgins, “I think our student section has been phenomenal all year. I don’t think the Braden River game was different than any other game this season.” 

Schiller also believes that the boys get a true home court advantage due to the student section. 

The Mustangs defeated the Pirates with a final score of 52-39. 

The next game was on Saturday against Vero Beach at Charlotte High School. 

After suffering a bone bruise injury, the night before, LRHS was without starting junior guard Christian Perez. 

The Mustangs fought hard during the game, coming back from a double-digit deficit and bringing the game within one possession late in the fourth quarter. However, LRHS could not complete the comeback falling to the Indians with a final score of 52-48.

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