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Varsity boys basketball loses senior night game to Menlo

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Varsity boys basketball loses senior night game to Menlo

Team co-captain Rohan Desikan (12) runs with the ball. Rohan was one of 14 seniors honored at the joint varsity boys basketball-cheerleading senior night on Feb. 19.

Team co-captain Rohan Desikan (12) runs with the ball. Rohan was one of 14 seniors honored at the joint varsity boys basketball-cheerleading senior night on Feb. 19.

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Team co-captain Rohan Desikan (12) runs with the ball. Rohan was one of 14 seniors honored at the joint varsity boys basketball-cheerleading senior night on Feb. 19.

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Team co-captain Rohan Desikan (12) runs with the ball. Rohan was one of 14 seniors honored at the joint varsity boys basketball-cheerleading senior night on Feb. 19.

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The varsity boys basketball team lost 42-55 in a league game against rival Menlo School on its senior night at the Blackford campus yesterday.

The boys honored senior team co-captains Rohan Desikan, Elijah Edgehill and Evan Lohn, senior players Prithvi Gudapati, Amar Jain, Raghav Jain, Dhanush Madabusi and Jonathan Yiu and senior team managers Emma Doherty, Shilpa Repakula and Darius Yohanan with personalized posters, bouquets of flowers and a ceremony before the game.

“We had a couple ups and downs, but overall we did pretty good. Obviously there are things we can do better,” Elijah said. “Senior night was amazing. I’ve never seen that many people in this gym. I had a lot of fun, I’m pretty sure my teammates had a lot of fun, and I’m a bit sad that the season’s over.”

Emma, one of five managers of the team and of three senior managers, commented on what she will most miss after the season is over as well as how she felt the team played at game time.

“I’ve been doing this for four years now, and I can honestly say that I’m going to miss being in this gym every Friday and watching such great guys play,” Emma said. “Menlo’s a really big rival of ours, so I was hoping that we’d win. Personally I wasn’t too happy with the score and the ending of the game, but I’m really proud of the boys, of their season and of this game specifically because I know they worked hard, and at the end of the day that’s all we can really count on.”

After the first quarter, the Knights led at 18 points to the Eagles’ 17. The teams entered halftime with a score of 21-32 and finished the third quarter at 27-45, with Menlo leading after both quarters. In the final quarter of the game, the boys scored 15 points to the Knights’ 10.

Varsity boys basketball head coach Butch Keller discussed the team’s objectives for the game as well as the impact of this match being the seniors’ last league game with the team.

“We held them to the score that we wanted to hold them [to]. That was the game plan, to hold them in the low 50s, which we did, but we shot so poorly it just didn’t make a difference,” Keller said. “It’s devastating to lose eight seniors. There’s no way around it. It’s every coach’s nightmare to have that many seniors on the team, but on the other hand it’s good because you’ve got people that have been with the program, so it’s a mixed blessing to have eight seniors. We’ll look totally different next year.”

The boys’ last league game against Menlo, on Jan. 26, was a 49-66 loss.

Jordan Goheen (11), power forward and center, spoke about Menlo’s strengths and his thoughts before the game.

“Their transitions offense are really strong. When they get the rebound, they get out really fast defensively,” Jordan said. “Last time, we also lost [to Menlo] by a large margin, so I knew coming into the game that winning was going to be a challenge.”

Justin Jia (11), point guard and co-captain of the team, discussed the importance of celebrating senior night.

“Obviously, we wanted to win, but this night being senior night, our main priority was to have fun and to celebrate the guys that have committed to our program for so many years,” Justin said.

The cheerleading team, which held its senior night concurrently with the basketball team’s, celebrated seniors Eliot Gruzman, Naomi Molin and Rachel Renteria with flowers and placards.

“It’s pretty cool, since I’ve never been on a school sports team before,” Eliot said. “The crowd had a lot of energy, but the results of the actual game could have been better. It’s a little bit upsetting that they lost on senior night, but it happens.”

The game today brings the Eagles’ league record to 4-10 and their overall season record to 12-12. The team now prepares to play its first CCS playoffs game on Feb. 23.

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