Defensive changes key to success

BOYS BASKETBALL: After a 2-2 record at the Bosco Technical Institute Tournament, the Brahmas prepare for their upcoming season games.

Ingrid Chan, Staff Writer

Although the Diamond Bar High School boys basketball team has yet to begin its regular season, the players are currently spending much of their time intensively training for the upcoming games.

In the offseason, the boys practiced every other day. However, with league games quickly approaching, the boys returned to practicing two hours every day, only taking a break when they have a game.

“It’s going pretty well so far, we have a lot of little kinks to work out, but it’s going pretty well,” head coach Henry Frierson said.

The team participated in the Bosco Technical Institute Tournament last week, ending with a record of 2-2.
The Brahmas lost the first two games and won the last two. The boys lost to La Serna 53-49 and Gabrielino 54-47, then defeated Rosemead 69-58 and Mountain View 79-37.

“I thought we did okay. The first game probably was the closest game we had, the second loss was just because we were up against a better team flat out,” Frierson said.

Frierson said that the team’s top priority for this season is to strengthen the boys’ overall skills and create good habits when playing, preparing not only for this season, but for the following season as well.

He also said that the team is working to develop its defense, one of the team’s weaknesses.

This year’s captains are seniors Evon Shubin and Peter Valencia, along with juniors Tyler Tang, and Malik Corey.
After last year’s graduations, only four seniors are left on the team. But Frierson believes the future is promising as many of the younger players have displayed great talent, including freshman Ethan Galang, who performed well during the Bosco Tech Tournament.

“I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the next two or three years as the players coming in are really, really good,” Frierson said.

The annual White Out game against Walnut will be played on DBHS court on Jan. 6. The first league game is on Jan. 8 against Ayala.