Starting off with a 12-8 record on the season, men’s basketball is looking to push harder later in the year.
“We’re pretty battle tested at this point in the season,” head coach Justin Mathes said. “Overall I’m proud of the way we’ve started the season. We showed our youth and inexperience at times early, but we’ve played a lot of close games.”
Webster Groves has a history of good men’s basketball with four State championship titles, the most recent being in 2018,.
Senior Quinton Nehring isn’t worried about how this season compares.
“Previous years have set the bar high for our team, but we look to make our mark this year too,” Nehring said.
Although last year had a record of 22-4, already a three-loss difference, Mathes is leading the team to find different successes.
Mathes said, “One of the strengths of this year’s team is our balance. We have five players averaging over nine points per game, and that’s a testament to our depth and unselfishness. It’s a great weapon because it makes us hard to scout when you can’t key on one guy.”
“I think our best basketball is still ahead of us,” Mathes said.
Even with some difficulties getting back on its feet after the coaching change, the team seems to have many high points, as well as high hopes.
“Our expectations haven’t changed, we still expect to compete for a conference title and peak in March during playoff time,” Mathes said.
“The best part of the season so far was that we continued our tradition of beating Kirkwood,” Nehring said.
Also notable is 6 foot 4 inch junior forward Luke Maupin.
“What I’m most proud of is that this group has shown the work ethic to match their goals. They’re working hard every day, and as long as we do that we’ll take our chances,” Mathes said.
The next game will be against Parkway South on Thursday, Feb 6 at 7 p.m.
This will be Elise Keller’s third year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.
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