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Warriors ready to make playoff push

Robert Aguirre, Sports editor

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Basketball season is now nearing an end here at Bishop Noll with the playoffs now coming afoot. The Warriors are ready to make a run.

This season hasn’t exactly been the best for the Warriors, going 8-13 this regular season, but 6-2 in conference. Don’t let this record fool you though, the team hung in there with lots of big schools with lots of talent.

“When we play as a team, make the extra pass, and play with a high IQ, I believe we can hang, if not, beat any team that we’ll face,” said senior Alec Hewlett.

Many of the Warriors losses have come from five points or less. Seniors Jason Barker, Myles Whitfield, and Alec Hewett are prepared for sectionals and are ready to lead the team.

“Even though we have had a rough season, I expect the team to go into the postseason with a mindset that anything can happen and also with the mindset that once sectionals starts nobody’s season record matters,” said Whitfield.

The boys will kick off sectionals on March 3rd against Gary Roosevelt at Roosevelt. Last season the Warriors knocked out powerhouse Thea Bowman in sectionals, but will not have to face them this season.

“Definitely going to be River Forest. Every game is going to be a struggle, but River Forest is hungry and want to get us back from last year and from earlier in the season,” said Barker on who he believed would give them the biggest struggle.

For these three, losing a game will mean that it’ll be their last. Whitfield, a varsity player since his freshman year had this to say about being a senior, “As a senior it means so much to me to go out with a bang so that I know that my senior year I will have something to remember.”

Although Hewlett and Barker have not been here as long, they have made a big impact on the team with their time here at Noll.

“I transferred to Noll to get a better education and to play basketball. Every game I play could be the last of my career, so I will leave everything I got on the court. It’s a meaningful game to me and something I’ll hold onto for the rest of my life,” said Hewlett.

Barker, who transferred to Noll his junior year from Mount Carmel, has never played in a sectional. “I’m giving it my all every second I’m on the court,” said Barker.

Not only will this be the last ride for the basketball seniors, it’ll also be for the seniors who lead The Tribe. The boys want to see everyone there at the games on their ride to state.

“Bring energy! We feed off of your energy. Just be wild, go crazy and have fun. Make funny chants and come deep. Don’t just sit and watch get involved in the game. The fans can also be a deciding factor of a game,” said Barker.

Come and and support these boys in their final games. Show some school spirit and be the best you super fan section in the region.

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