Varsity basketball positive, eager about new season

Jake Perez, Staff Reporter

The 2018 varsity basketball season has begun, and everyone around the team is excited about where they can go this year.  

After a couple big wins, as well as a couple close losses, expectations are high for the remainder of the season.  

“I think we can win every game on our schedule,” said Coach Billy Pitcher.

While Lake Park is only 1-2 in conference thus far, there are certainly many reasons to believe in this team after the first few games.  One big reason has been the play of junior guard Luke Sgarbossa.

Sgarbossa opened up the season by averaging 19 points per game, while shooting 58 percent from the three point arc in the Wheaton Academy Thanksgiving tournament.  His performance over the week earned him all-tournament honors, and helped Lake Park reach the championship game.

Lake Park also showed why they could have a great year with a crucial triple-overtime win over St. Charles North.  Sgarbossa led the way in this game with a career-high 31 points, and junior Trevor Montiel made a huge play as time expired to get a bucket and win the game.  

This victory showed the overall grit and winning mentality of the group.

“Our team has not given up in any game.  When we get down by any deficit, we fight our way back and make it a close game,” said guard Joey Czaja, junior.

The game at St. Charles North certainly exemplified this persistence, and surely Pitcher and his staff hope this game was a sign of things to come for the team.  

Also, it is clear that Pitcher believes in the mental makeup of his team, and when asked for one word to describe his group, he responded with “unselfish”.  

Overall, this year’s basketball team has many players with different skill sets who cheer on their teammates and care most about team success, which makes the team fun to watch and gives them a chance to build something very special by the end of the season.