KHS Boy’s Basketball took on Memphis Academy of Health Science last night, and narrowly took the victory with a 66-65 final score.
Senior Shooting Guard Marco Love said the win was special for him because it was his last first home game as a Falcon.
“We came out early with confidence and discipline,” Love said.
Head Coach Erik Buggs said the game was very close against a team that will likely go on to play in the state championship.
“The only message I had for the team was to keep playing hard and trusting one another,” Buggs said. “They had been preparing all preseason for moments like this.”
Buggs says the team’s hard work and determination led to the ultimate victory over MAHS. It wasn’t a perfect game, but the team worked through the mistakes.
“We had several mistakes that were made throughout the game, but they continued to play hard and fight through to come out victorious,” Buggs said.
The team has put in much effort in both conditioning and training, he said. Buggs attributes the dedication of Coach Jones to the conditioning of the team as well. Buggs said the athleticism of the team has increased drastically.
“We have had great practices and the guys have been very attentive to details to help with game preparations,” Buggs said.
Love also said there has been a lot of work leading up to this season and last night’s win.
“We’ve prepared for this season by working hard on and off the court,” Love said. “We (seniors) have been building our chemistry since 9th grade.”
Buggs said there is no one individual that he could pinpoint as the leader in last night’s game, but the win truly was a team effort.
“Everyone who hit the floor had major contributions,” he said. “This team has set high expectations for themselves. They have worked harder than they ever have, and we feel that we are ready to put together a successful season. We just have to continue to take things game by game.”
Buggs said the team really enjoyed the crowd support, and they’re looking forward to having the continued support throughout the season.
Love says that he expects to continue on the winning road they set last night. Love says he’s most looking forward to their Jan. 29 game against Bartlett as well as winning their district.
“I expect my team and myself to have the confidence and mindset of winning against any team we play,” Love said.
The Falcons will take the court at home this Friday night, Nov. 16, against Oakhaven High School. The coaches and team hope that everyone will come show support for a team driven to success.