Mavs cling to lead with clutch play

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Austin Mormando, 12, fakes a Salina Central rival during the Dec. 6 game. The boys’ team broke its four-game losing streak on Jan. 3, defeating Circle 53-50. Photo by T. Mitchell

by Austyn Esser, Gabby Buckner and Christian Eck

South varsity boys’ basketball team grabbed a victory against Circle on Jan. 3 with a final score of 53-50 after overtime. Practice continued over the 19-day winter break in preparation for this particular game and to keep the team focused.  

“Practice was needed,” Micah Kiser, 11, said. “I would have asked coach to get in the gym if it wasn’t open.”

After losing four previous games, they went into this one with high hopes.

“We all came in knowing this was our game,” Kiser said.

Despite the fact that school was out of session, South students showed up in the stands to support their team.

“A good amount showed up,” Alex Hohler, 11, said. “They came to support and cared.”

South stood its ground when they went into overtime and attained a clutch win courtesy of Kiser’s much needed three-pointer. 

With approximately 14 games left in the Varsity season, there is still room for improvement according to Wes Phillips, 11.

“Maybe hustling more,” Phillips said.

Austin Mormando, 12, fakes a Salina Central rival during the Dec. 6 game. The boys’ team broke its four-game losing streak on Jan. 3, defeating Circle 53-50. Photo by T. Mitchell

This early in the season and with only one win tucked away there is no room for slacking.

“We just have to keep working hard,” Hohler said.

The next game is away and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Clearwater on Jan. 6.