By Adam Buczkowski
The crowd roars with excitement as the ball flies through the net. The Clay basketball team is ahead. Then the last buzzer sounds and Clay wins the first game of the season. This is a big moment for the team because it is their first game together.
The Clay basketball team is very important to the students of Clay and the players. “Playing with my friends and having fun” is the favorite part for Drew Seelig, point guard and shooting guard for the seventh grade basketball team.
Three weeks in and the team’s record is 1-5, but they know that they could bounce back.
Andrew Jones, point guard, said that they have to fix the small things in order to win more, but Seelig said, “I think I need to shoot better and as a team we need to play better defense.”
The team thinks that if they are able to limit the points that the other team can score then they will win more. They also believe that they will end up with a record above .500 (.500 means to win just as much as you lose). If they can get above .500 after a rough start after losing 5 games in a row it would change their season.
Quinn Murphy is a center on the team and is 5’9”. He and Andrew Jones claim to be the dynamic duo. With Murphy getting many assists in the first game and Jones scoring 12 points and leading the team to their first win. When asked about the experience Murphy answered, “It is a lot different because of the environment that we play in.”
Jones and Seelig both played for pups, a travel basketball team for Carmel, before Clay. The differences Andrew said, “The team and game environment is different and the competition is harder.” Then Seelig said, “A little more nerve wracking because there are more people coming to our games.”
Seelig said there is nothing he doesn’t like about basketball at Clay, but Quinn has one major issue. The home games are at 5:00 or 5:30. Students and Staff should come out and support your Clay Trojans.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.