Boys’ basketball shoots for success

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courtesy of Central Athletics

Grant Hutcherson, senior, leaps through Stevenson’s defense to make a basket.

Improving to a 3 and 1 record after beating Glenbard East, the boys’ basketball team continues its successful season. With only one loss to Stevenson, the top ranked team in the state, and three double digit wins against non-conference opponents, Central is in a good position to continue its wins. Players are confident in the season so far, living up to the high preseason expectations, being ranked number nine in the state by the Chicago Tribune.

“We have a lot of talent and play very well together as a team,” said Conor Johanessen, senior and varsity player. “We had a rough first half against Stevenson but came back to play much better basketball in the second half. Other than that, we’ve had a great season so far, and all of the guys are really giving it their all.”

With strengths ranging from defensive ability to shooting percentage, Central is in good shape to make a deep run this year. With all five starters being seniors, the experience will continue to be an asset for this basketball team.

“We really have a lot of experience this year, which helps a lot,” said Neven Mulc, senior and varsity player. “Many of these guys have been in these situations before, and it really shows.”

The conference opener was held against Downers Grove North on Saturday, Dec. 6 at home at 6 p.m. The Red Devils played successfully with a win over DGN.

“If we continue to work hard, practice well, and stay healthy, we have a really good shot of going far this year,” Johanessen said. “There’s nothing stopping us.”