On Monday, February 8, the South County Vipers boys basketball team kicked off their season. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding this season some of the players were excited to finally get back out on the court, including senior Luke Schumacher. “The best part of being able to play basketball this year is the ability to put the jersey on one more time and have fun with the guys on the court.”
The first quarter kicked off and the Crusaders took possession, but it wouldn’t be long before the Vipers attacked. Grant Marshall knocked down a three and Will Ross had a statement dunk to put the Vipers up 5-0. At the end of the first, it was all tied up 9-9.
During the second quarter, Grant Marshall picked up where he left off hitting two more three-pointers. At the beginning of the third quarter, it was 30-24 in the Vipers favor. The fourth quarter was the final grudge match and LuHi tried to chip at the lead, but Grant Marshall hit another three. The Vipers ended up taking this game 48-41.
Coach Graven had some final sentiments about the game. “The game against LuHi was an eye opener. We didn’t play well, but credit to LuHi for playing the way they did. The way we played was partly due to them, but the other part was us knocking off some first game rust.”
This is not all the Vipers have achieved in conference play. Recently on February 13, they picked up a win at Calvary shooting a red hot 60% from the three-point line as a team. The score was 67-53, and Luke Schumacher scored 22 points. On February 18, the Vipers picked up another conference win against Tri-City. The score of that game was 61-24 and they also claimed the MSM traveling trophy. Luke Schumacher led the Vipers, once again scoring 20. The Vipers have started 5-0 in the MSM conference with recent wins over Lincolnwood and Edinburg. Coach Graven has confidence in his team, noting, “The sky’s the limit. Their potential is very high.”