Boys’ basketball doing well despite player injury
This has been the best year in ARHS boys basketball history since the 2003 state championship, with 20 wins and 3 losses. This year’s squad had a lot of weight on its shoulders and, as of last week, the team has had 7 wins and 4 losses.
Sitting at number two on the preseason rankings, Amherst and the rest of Western Mass had high expectations for this year’s team.
Exactly how far the Hurricanes would go in the postseason partly depended on play from the dynamic duo of star forward Devonte McCall and athletic guard Meikyle Murray.
However, in a recent game against Chicopee, Murray suffered a knee injury and was taken to the hospital, which will prevent him from playing for the rest of the season.
Luckily, another key part to having a great season is a reloaded roster including young talent such as Kaheem Campbell along with returning floor general Tajahn Joyner.
Also, returning players, Will Budington, Lanre Thomas, and John Bella-Hunter will be expected to contribute big for the team. Senior Captain Devonte McCall, said it will be hard to fill the shoes of the seniors from last year who brought the Hurricanes to the Western Mass Championship.
“This year’s team is young and very athletic,” said McCall. But their goals remain the same as last year’s team. McCall hopes to “win Western Mass and get to the state championship game.”
Personally, McCall is interested in pursuing college ball and trying to make a career out of his love for the sport. “I’ve been balling since I was young, trying to get a scholarship and earn some money,” he said.
The team usually practices six days a week. The players have great chemistry given that most of them hang out together outside of basketball and school. You can often catch them usually grabbing a slice at Primos before practice.
Some key matchups this season will be against Putnam and Chicopee who each boast a Super 7 player of Jake Midura and Tyonne Malone.