Varsity boys basketball wins two quarters in season’s second scrimmage


Isabella Lo

Bowen Xia dribbles through Aptos High School defenders at the varsity boys basketball team’s scrimmage on Nov. 19. Point guard Bowen Xia (10) made multiple two pointers in the second quarter.

by Isabella Lo and Katerina Matta

Boys varsity basketball won two out of four quarters against Aptos High School at home on Nov. 19. 

Aptos started strong in the first quarter, scoring the first six points and ending the quarter up 16-11. In the second quarter, the boys responded with several strong plays including a three pointer from shooting guard Kevin Zhang (11) and multiple two pointers from point guard Bowen Xia (10), outscoring Aptos 15-6, ending with a 31-17 lead at halftime. 

Team manager Rishi Cherukuri (12) identified reducing turnovers and making their free throws as a team focus for their upcoming games, pointing to the first and second quarters as examples of areas of improvement.

“[Scrimmages are] just practice,” Rishi said. “The more practice the better. It’s mostly [about] how you can improve. It’s the beginning of the season, so they need to get back into the game.”

In the third quarter, the Eagles once again took the early lead, with co-captain Abhi Namala (12), setting the tone by drawing a charge on the first play. Kevin also added to this lead, hitting two threes early in the quarter. Later on, Matthew Chen (12) hit a tough shot, getting fouled and making his free throw. 

Assistant Coach Eric Lee noted the team’s improvement in energy throughout the scrimmage. 

“They competed much better this game than they did against Oak Grove in our last scrimmage,” Lee said. “They had more fight in them, and we had more energy.”

Although the team lost the fourth quarter 2-13, Abhi highlighted the team’s overall improvement and his high hopes for the rest of the season. 

“Our defensive intensity was really high until the end, but we were going at it 110% for three quarters,” Abhi said. “I’m looking forward to this season. I think Harker basketball is at its peak right now, so I’m looking forward to winning the league as a team this year.”