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Whittell JV boys b-ball wins pair, improves to 8-0

Anthony Gentile
Whittell JV guard Connor Huber dribbles up the court in the Warriors’ win over Excel Christian last Saturday. Huber led Whittell in scoring in their victory at Smith Valley the previous night.
Courtesy Boyd Dangtongdee |

The Whittell junior varsity boys basketball team notched a pair of comfortable victories last weekend to continue its undefeated start to the season. The Warriors won at Smith Valley 57-23 last Friday and returned home the following day for a 70-40 victory over Excel Christian — wins that extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.

“We are fortunate to have good players at both the varsity and JV levels,” Warriors JV head coach Matt Bryant said. “The future of Whittell basketball is in good hands, and we are proud of these young guys and what they are doing on the court.”

Against Smith Valley, nine different players scored for the Warriors en route to a 34-point win. Whittell relied on full-court press and transition offense to run past the Bulldogs.

Guard Connor Huber led the Warriors with 13 points on Friday and forward Caleb Moretti added 10. Moretti and forward Peyton Galli provided an inside presence against Smith Valley, while Nick Buchholz and Genaro Mena performed well sharing the point guard duties.

In its win over Excel Christian, Whittell turned a big halftime lead into a lopsided result. The Warriors’ pressure defense helped them race out to a 47-22 advantage after the first half, and they went on to deliver a 30-point victory.

Moretti scored a game-high 21 points on Saturday, and was one of three Warriors in double figures — guard Sam Berry added 13 and Mena finished with 10. Eight players scored for Whittell against Excel Christian.

“We have a few players on the team who have never played basketball, so it’s sometimes interesting what happens on the court,” Bryant said. “But they are learning to compete hard and learning what it takes to win — it’s important for young players to know how to do both.”

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