Boys basketall picks up after successful year

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Peter Fisichella – Mustangs Ahead

2018-19 basketball team
The 2018-19 Mustangs celebrate state success.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the Summer rain turns to the Autumn breeze, Mustang basketball is starting a new season. Tryouts were held for the boys junior varsity (JV) and Varsity teams on Nov. 4 and 5, and the rosters were announced on Nov. 6.

Last year the Mustangs finished second in the state, losing the championship final to Blanche Ely High School.

Practices will be held six days a week unless there are games on weekdays.

Basketball coach Jeremy Shiller said, “Some weeks we will cancel some practices for load management, but other than that we will continue to work on a six-day schedule.”

Shiller has high hopes for the season and wants both the JV and varsity teams to go far.

“We want to improve with the group of guys we have right now. We have a talented group of guys and obviously for varsity the goal is to win districts and even the state championship,” said Shiller.

Shiller also said that he looks to not only improve his team, but himself every year.

“Even though we had success last year we are always looking to improve. I have talked to college coaches and other high school coaches throughout the years, and there is always room for improvement for me as a coach,” said Shiller.

One of the best parts about the basketball season are the home games, and coach Shiller emphasizes that showing up to the games is the best thing that students can do to support.

“We have quite a few great home games in store and getting support from the students would be the best way to help us out. The students making a good environment is vital to making home games as good as possible,” said Shiller.

If Mustangs have any questions about basketball, they can ask Coach Shiller in the gym.

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