QV Basketball Team Excited for Playoffs; Reflects on Season
By: Rebecca Graham
The QV varsity boys basketball team has finished their regular season and is preparing for playoffs.
“For our playoff game, in terms of our opponent, we received a bye,” says Coach Mastroianni. This means they earned time off by being one of the top four teams, giving them a longer break in between the last game and the next game.
Although meant to be a reward, it comes with the downside of a large break. To help with this, the boys have been playing in multiple scrimmage games.
“We’re used to playing a lot of games. We are trying to stay sharp late in the year,” says Mastroianni.
Staying sharp for playoffs is important, but so is the buildup to it. “[It’s been a] really good season, in terms of really good team play. [Our team is] a really great group of guys who work hard every day, representing our school and QV athletics the right way,” says Mastroianni.
“We play in a really competitive league and a lot of really good teams,” he adds. Rightfully so, the team boasts a score of 9-3. “Our basketball team is representing the school in our authentic program at a very high level. They’re a great group to coach,” adds Mastroianni.“The first playoffs games are always difficult especially when you have a layoff because it's a little different than the regular season,” says Mastroianni. “There’s a little bit of an adjustment always in the beginning of those games. Hopefully once we go through that initial part, we find ourselves and continue to play the way we have been. We’re hoping to keep playing for a while.”
QV senior shooting guard KC Johns says the team has a plan for the adjustment period. “We are going to have a couple practices before the game, and we are just going to game plan and figure out what plays we want to run and what defenses,” says Johns.
Johns also has a personal game plan. “To prepare, probably before the game I will get a good night’s sleep, and then just wake up and play, and just trust my teammates that we’ll be able to get out there and get a win.”
The team is familiar with the playoff events. “The last three years we made it all the way to the championship and we played at the Petersen Events Center…[it was] a lot of fun,” recalls Johns. “The only problem is that we lost all three times so hopefully this year we win.”
The other WPIAL 4-A schools have met their match. Johns is keeping an optimistic outlook. “My biased prediction is that we are going to win WPIAL and also win State.”
At the time of publication, the team is preparing for their first playoff game versus Belle Vernon Area High School on Saturday, February 22. Check out quakerquill.org for updated articles.