During Winter Break, Redwood Boys Varsity Basketball team triumphed as tournament champions in Bakersfield at the Garces Memorial Holiday Hoops Challenge. They went 3-1 in the tournament and 3 of our seniors came back with All-Tournament Recognitions.
McRoberts said, “We came together as a team and the captains really helped lead the team.”
The first game was a 92-39 win against Rosamond on December 27th. Lead scorers included Ryzek McRoberts, ‘18, with 21 points, Drew Stogsdill, ‘18, with 19 points, and Nathan Treece, ‘18, with 15 points. As a team, Redwood had 7 total three-pointers and a high percentage of free-throws along with field goals plus layups.
Treece said, “In the first half we weren’t playing our best, but by the second half we pushed on the gas and tried to keep our energy for the next game.”
The second game was a 77-70 loss against Foothill on December 28th. The team struggled to score, having only two players in double digits, but still took the loss with good sportsmanship and motivation to bounce back and get a win the next day.
On December 29th, Rangers won 93-60 against rival, Mt. Whitney High School. Redwood had a great start in the first quarter with a 29-9 lead. From there, they continued to play as a team and defeat the pioneers with the help of many free throw attempts and the ability to play well as a team.
LaDre Aguilar, ‘19, was confident that it was the “teamwork that made the dream work” and without it that wouldn’t be as successful as they are.
By this time, Redwood was pumped to play Foothill again in the championship game, to come back from their loss and prove it wouldn’t hold them down. Redwood ended up winning with a score of 79-69. McRoberts, Treece, and Stogsdill helped lead the team, each of them scoring into the double digits. After the game, McRoberts said, “We wanted to prove to them that we were the better team in the end.” Aguilar said, “I wanted to come out with a lot of energy and have better defense.”
When the team found out the three leaders of the team won All-Tournament, they were proud and showed their appreciation towards their seniors. Stogsdill, McRoberts, and Treece had a high average points per game and proved to be big contenders from Redwood High School. Treece said, “It feels good being recognized for the hard work I put in, and I hope to use this boost of confidence to work even harder during the rest of our season.”