Men’s Basketball and Mental Toughness

Effort and energy: the two things that are expected to be brought to every game and every practice.


Izabel Lippman and Jayden Brown

Last year, Men’s Basketball was one of the many sports that faced the harsh reality of a season cut short. With an abbreviated season, the team had limited games and practices, but still managed to win a CCS title. As we begin to return to normalcy, with six of last year’s seniors gone and a lot of new, young energy on the team, the program is eager to kickstart the season.

Through last year’s shortened season, the Men’s Basketball program maintained the same priorities and expectations. Some elements the program values are mental toughness and competitiveness. All of the players come to practice ready to push each other’s limits and make each other better. The coaches consistently use phrases like “next play” and “we love adversity” to encourage the players to keep pushing through tough games and any obstacles they may face while playing. Varsity Head Coach, Tim Kennedy, says, “We expect our players to bring effort and energy to every practice and game. These are two attributes that we can control and we expect our players to bring this to our defense, our rebounding, and the way we sprint the floor.” 

The Men’s basketball team has had a strong first couple of weeks, winning their first game against Alameda 61-43. The road ahead mean facing top competition in the WCAL, with the likes of Bellarmine, St. Ignatius, and St. Francis. Junior, Eric Brown says, “We have a lot of goals for the rest of the season and hopefully we keep up the energy and continue to improve all the way to CCS and beyond.”