Boys Basketball, the “Comeback Team”

The Varsity Boys Basketball team recovered from a slow start and persevered for a strong finish to the season, winning eight of their last 11 games to make the fourth straight WPIAL playoff appearance for Boys Basketball. In a must-win game on the road against Propel Andrew Street, the Bears were down 16 points in the third quarter. Making a comeback with the team phrase, “one bucket at a time, one stop at a time,” senior Malik Potter put the Bears ahead, with just five seconds left, to win the game.

Featured as an East Feature Athlete and averaging an impressive 30 points per game, Malik saw much success this season. He was selected for the premiere all-star game in Western Pennsylvania, the Roundball Classic, and for the WPIAL All-Section team. Other standout contributions came from senior Dorian Epps who averaged more than 10 rebounds per game, sophomore Danny Sentner who set a career high for points in a game, and sophomore Tyler Perry who reached double-digit rebounds in several games.

Despite a tough 66 – 57 first-round playoff loss, Coach Jordan Marks believes the Bears have much to celebrate. “In my years of coaching, I am proud to say that this group was the best I’ve ever coached,” says Marks. “They often dug down deep and found the determination to never stop playing like they could win. Their unselfishness and willingness to do what was best for the team was motivation for me to never give up on them.” Given the growth of younger players, and the lasting impressions left by senior players, the team looks ahead to what’s sure to be a promising 2017-2018 season.