WHS boys basketball has gotten off to a hot start in Marmonte League competition, improving its league record to 2-0 with a 65-59 overtime win against the Newbury Park High School Panthers on Wed., Jan. 10.
“We knew this was going to be an adversity game,” said head coach Kyle Kegley. “We are taking this week one game at a time, and we were fortunate enough to go 1-0 tonight.”
The Panthers started off hot, getting in front early in the game. However, the Warriors grabbed the lead going into halftime, and the score went back and forth until the Warriors dominated in overtime.
Guard Deon Francois ’18 tied the game with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter with a layup to force overtime, and he led the Warriors with 14 points.
“This win means a lot to not just me, but my team,” said Francois. “Everybody counts us out, and we are coming for the Marmonte League championship—just know that.”
While Francois fueled the Warriors’ offense, Albert Zhang ’18 controlled the paint once again with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks.
The Warriors now await their home matchup with the Agoura High School Chargers on Fri., Jan. 12. The Chargers are coming off a 59-47 win at Thousand Oaks High School against the Lancers.
They will have to face a motivated Warrior team on Senior Night: look for Francois, Zhang, and Justin Surmani ’18, the Warriors’ sixth man, to get extra minutes on the special occasion. However, Francois doesn’t want to change the game plan.
“[We will] play exactly how we normally play,” said Francois. “That’s our game—and feed Albert!”