Basketball Takes On Palisades In Anticipated Match

Samuel Laxamana, Reporter

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Boys’ basketball, 15-6, anticipates a solid game against the 7-7 Palisades today at home.

Coach David Galley said that the game will be tough and that they have several “really good shooters, and they’re fundamentally sound and well-coached.”


“We hope to be able to defend well,” he said. 

Galley said that the Dolphins are talented.

“Palisades is always already good at their strengths,” he said. “They shoot the ball well, they make the baskets.”


As for weaknesses, Galley doesn’t think there’s a whole lot. 


“Hopefully, we can be fast and press them and turn them over,” he said.

Even though Palisades has great shooters, senior Akitoa Nakano, a captain, said that the Gondoliers are much more talented and will be able to outwork their opponent.

“Pali is a solid team with great shooters, but we’re not afraid of anyone,” he said. 


The Gondoliers need to grab as many rebounds as possible and limit turnovers against the Dolphins, Nakano said.

“These two factors will win us the game,” Nakano said.

The team has a strong mentality this season, but could Improve on a few things, Nakano said.

“I think we could’ve done a better job rebounding and chasing after loose balls,” he said.
“Right now we’re focused on playing team ball and trying to win one game at a time.”

Currently, the Gondoliers are 7-0 in league play and are currently tied for first place.

“We’ve had a pretty good little win streak going,” Galley said. “So I think the competition is high. We’ve had a tough last five games—it’s just going to be a grind.”

Even though the Gondos are rolling through its competition so far this year, Nakano thinks they still can’t underestimate any team they play.

“Our 7-0 streak is great, but we don’t take any team lightly,” he said. “We just play the best we can every game.”

The team defeated University High 66-49 last Wednesday.