Boys basketball team comes into the season with high hopes

Junior Jamal Anderson goes up for a lay-up last season against Marlboro

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Junior Jamal Anderson goes up for a lay-up last season against Marlboro

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  The boys basketball team has high expectations this season, coming off a 20-6 record last year. Even though the Rams lost four key seniors in Okoye Taylor, Khalil White, Denzel Danzy, and Luke Schlaifer, they still look forward to big things this season.

  Those four seniors played a key role in the Rams’ success last season, and in order for the Rams to have that same success, more returning players have to fill in the roles.

  “We lost four players that individually played a huge role each in a different way, so this year we will have to each step up and fill in the void, whether it’s our position or not, for the better of the team,” senior Johnathan Derose said.

  Even though the Rams lost four seniors they are not using that as an excuse. The game plan is still the same for the Rams. They plan to come out strong defensively and set the tone for the rest of the game.

  “The game plan is pretty much still the same, we just had to fill in spots from those graduated. But our defense this year will be key, and that’s what we’ll need to win,” junior Jamal Anderson said. Anderson averaged three steals a game last season.

  Senior Marquis Flagler has the same winning mindset coming into the season as he had last year.

  “I believe we’re going to continue what we started last year, but also a little bit more we want to win in our new division and also make a deep run in MCT’s and the state tournament,” Flegler said.

  It is a long season and the Rams are also aware that they may face challenges as the season progresses.

  “In my opinion the teams that will give us the most challenge will be Notre Dame, it’s always a tough game with them, Nottingham just because of their talent, and Hunterdon Central because of their size,” Derose said.

  An advantage that Hightstown has over most teams in Mercer County is home court advantage. The Rams student section comes out in full force in every home game to cheer on the boys basketball team and the players use that to their advantage.

  “We’re a tough team to play at home, and our crowd definitely plays a huge part in that. The more energy we get from the crowd, the better we play,” Anderson said.

  There is no secret between the Hightstown vs. Notre Dame rivalry, and the players are aware of that and up for the challenge.

  “We play Notre Dame twice in regular season now, so if we fall short the first time we will bounce back for the second one,” Derose said.

  Not only are the players hungry for more, but the coaches are, too. The Rams players and coaching staff hope to build on what they started last season.

  “They’re hungry, and we are too. They don’t like how last year ended, and neither do we. We’re striving for big things. They expect a lot out of us, and we’re up for the challenge,” Anderson said.

 The Rams hold their heads high heading into the 2016-17 season and are looking forward to the challenges they may face.

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