MVHS boys basketball strings together impressive wins before sub-state
During its three-game home stand to finish the regular season, the Mill Valley boys basketball team continues to show signs of improvement, making them a contender in the postseason.
That trend continued Friday when the Jaguars took care of business against Bishop Ward in a 59-47 victory. For Mill Valley it was a night of off-the-radar players stepping up to secure the victory.
The most crucial player for the Jaguars was sophomore Nick Friesner, who posted a game-high 16 points that also included four 3-pointers.
“It was good to see Nick Friesner get some shots to go down,” coach Justin Bogart said. “He’s been struggling lately, but he’s also been working on his defense.”
Another surprising Jaguar to showing vast improvement is junior Kyle Kain. Mostly a role player, Kain seized the opportunity on Friday, knocking down three 3-pointers as a part of his 12-point total.
Mill Valley’s most stable player of the year, junior Nathan Stacy, also showed some resilience. After being virtually shut out in the first three quarters, Stacy came back with 11 of his 13 points in the final eight minutes.
Having so many players with different roles on the team produce has allowed the Jaguars (12-8) to put them into better position for postseason play.
“First and foremost, everyone knows what their role is, and those roles have changed as the season has gone and we’ve had some players get fewer minutes,” Bogart said. “Everyone has been unselfish. Selfishness will break up a team real fast, and these guys are all unselfish. They understand what the bigger picture’s all about.”
The Jaguars’ confidence grows more and more each day, but nothing helped more than the 77-62 upset of Lansing last week. Shooting 67 percent from the field and executing the game plan proved to be the perfect recipe for a season-changing win.
“I think it was great for us to go out and compete like we did,” Bogart said. “I think our kids were very confident going into that game that we were going to be able to execute, and that was really the key.”
As the Jaguars move their attention to sub-state, they realize that they’ve put themselves in a position to succeed.
“Over the last week our kids have realized that, if we execute we can beat anyone we play,” Bogart said. “We’re going to give anyone a run for the money, and we could find ourselves on the right end of the score at the conclusion of the game.”
The 12-8 Jaguars possess the No. 1 overall seed in their sub-state bracket, and will host Wyandotte (4-16) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. Visit shawneedispatch.com and follow @shawneedispatch on Twitter for updates and scores.