Cleaning Up the Courts

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Cuba Rushford’s boys varsity basketball team has just finished their season with a 13-8 record. During the season the team had many wins and losses, but they prevailed and proved that they were cut out for the playoffs.

The Varsity season started off with a bump in the road because of a loss at home to Prattsburg Central School. However, the season quickly turned around at the Ace tournament held at the Portville high school gymnasium. There was really only one formidable opponent for our varsity team and that was Archbishop Walsh, but they were no match against Cuba-Rushford because our team was hungry for the first place in the tournament. The varsity boys brought home a trophy for their hard work in the tournament. This isn’t the only tournament the team won that season either. Houghton college hosted a tournament that included Cuba-Rushford, Bolivar Richburg, Fillmore, and Whitesville. Our boys basketball team had a nice win against the Wolverines, and they advanced to the finals against the Fillmore Eagles. The final game of the tournament against the eagles was a hard fought battle, but Cuba Rushford came out on top with another win and another plaque to but in the trophy case.

Later in the season our boys team traveled to Prattsburg to try and beat them after the big loss. The whole game was a just how it was invented to be. The game was original, hard fought, and just an all around hustle game. Sadly our team racked up a loss in the column, but that did not stop them for the rest of the season. Another hard loss was against Hornell. At one point in the game Cuba Rushford was down by 20 points. Our started did not give up and came back within 1 or 2 points with under a minute left on the game clock. Hornell took the reigns and controlled the game at the end, and they came out on top. The Cuba Rushford boys varsity and the Genesse Valley boys varsity team were competing to win the league at the end of the regular season. The teams tied for the league at the end of the season. Many people did not think Cuba Rushford boys varsity basketball were going to the playoffs, let alone the second round. The first game was crazy with the boys being down on the score board and having a technical foul against them. At the end they persevered and showed everyone their true colors. Sadly in the second round of playoffs they took a hard loss to Cal-Mum. All throughout the game the opponent was in the lead and at the end of the game they just ran away with the lead. At that point our boys varsity basketball season was put n hold until next season.

I was a part of the varsity boys basketball team, I played as a guard. Overall I feel like the season was pretty good, especially if you were apart of the team because of the team chemistry we have. This team was like a second family to me. We all mess with each other like brothers, and we always push each other to work harder everyday. Ben Seigal, one if the captains for the boys varsity basketball team, thought we were pretty parallel with the boys varsity basketball teams before ours. When we played well together we were “a heck of a team,” and we were a pretty formidable opponent. I agree with that statement one hundred percent. There were games where we would be in foul trouble and give up, so the other teams took advantage of that and beat us. Other games we were all feeling it and would just run up the score on the other teams we were matched up against. Unfortunately this was Ben’s last year playing basketball for Cuba-Rushford because he is going to college, but he said that we were “a great group to have for my senior year.” My coach, Carl Holmes, stated “we met the expectations and we should be proud of our accomplishments.” Coach Holmes is really proud that “we were the highest ranked sportsmanship team in Allegany County boys basketball.” That title is voted on by other coaches, and is determined by how our fans, coaches, and players act.

The boys varsity basketball team showed the doubters that they could make it to the playoffs, but they were cut off short in the second round. It was a terrific season anyway, and I would like to thank our seniors Ben Seigal, Colton Saulter, Dawson Sanderson, Tucker Rouse, and Trevor Smith for playing varsity basketball and being great leaders.

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