Lancers took a loss to sadly end their 2022 season

Junior Manuel Chavez tried to tie the game but as the ball touched the rim, it fell out and the Lancers lost against Dana Hills High School for round 3 of the CIF Playoffs,  with a score of 63-60.

The Dana Hill game was another game where the boys had another down to the last minute game. The suspense and anxiety in both the players and the fans were outrageous.

Even though the boy’s season was cut shorter than expected, there were many positives to come out of this season.

Chavez broke a school record for the most 3- pointers made in a season.

“Even though I broke a record this year, that doesn’t mean I’m stopping here,” he said. “Next year, I will come back better. I will become faster. Although this last loss was rough on many of us, I will take this as a valuable learning lesson to never take anything for granted.”

The Lancers ended with a record of 23-7.

Senior Alejandro Chavez scored 14 points in his final basketball game.

“Basketball was always my sport,” he said. “I was very sad when that buzzer buzzed because that was my last time wearing an Amat Lancer across my chest. I am not playing baseball this year, so that was the last time taking a Bishop Amat jersey off. This was hard for myself and the team, but I am very excited for the next chapter of my life.” 

The Amat key players on the court said they were proud of their overall performance, even though there was a negative outcome. Most of them were sad, but they took this as a lesson for the future.

Senior Ben Shaw led the Lancers with 17 points.

“One thing I learned is that the better team doesn’t always win. In basketball, everything is to the last second,”  he said. “It was hard for a lot of the team, including myself, because it was my last time playing on the Bishop Amat court. I’m ready to take on the next chapter in my life and play in college.” 

This day also marked the last time for many seniors, including Shaw, Alejandro Chavez, Shaw, Christian Griffin, Atom Ramirez, Anthony Gallego, and Caleb McNiel- Tyler.

Even the players on the bench fought to cheer on their team, even though they did not get that much playing time.

“Even though I was on the bench, I was happy that this team was able to go as far as we did,” Gallegos said. “I am happy to end my senior year of playing one of my favorite sports. This is the last time I will be on the court because I will play football in college. Happy to have ended my last basketball season with my brothers.” 

Throughout the season, the team motto was “tougher together,” and it is agreed by the boys that they upheld this.