Boys find success in return, faced with challenges


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Sophomore Alex Kim drives into the lane looking to score in a matchup against Ontario High School last season.

After months of delayed schedules, Diamond Bar boys basketball is back on the court with 16 players, achieving three consecutive wins that put the team 3-0 before a COVID scare put the season on hold.

On April 10, the team narrowly defeated Ruben High School, 50-48, when junior Dylan Stout hit a game-winning layup, bringing home the team’s first victory this season.

“We got a lot of good players… another junior named Jaden Ponce who’s a good shooter, a few sophomores like Dior [Brown], Malcolm [Bell], and Alex Kim who are all good players and keys to the team,” Stout said via email.

The second game was on April 13 against Don Lugo High School. The Brahmas came out victorious in this home game, 86-70. Later, the third consecutive win came from a matchup with San Dimas High School where the Brahmas won by a hair with a score of 55-53. 

“The games are going good overall. We are currently 3-0, and even though we are winning the games, there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” sophomore Alex Kim said via email.

Their success was put on pause on April 19, though, when the coach informed players that two players on the San Dimas team tested positive for COVID-19 right before the Brahmas’ upcoming game against Charter Oak High School. Though the team was informed a week later that it was actually a false positive, team members were in isolation for several days. Because of the hold, the Brahmas missed out on two games–one with Charter Oak, and the other with South Hills High School. Their practice schedule returned to normal on April 23.

We got news from their coaches saying two players tested positive on the Varsity and JV teams,” sophomore Malcolm Bell said via Instagram. “So both of our teams had to get tested again and quarantine for 10 days and then on our last day we found out that their tests were both false positive tests.”

The varsity team will play their delayed fourth game of the season against Walnut High School today.