The DSA boy’s basketball team had a great and proud season this year, ending with a 14-13 overall record as well as finishing with a 500-percent league record. This helped the Dragons finish third in their division as well as qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.
Along with the record, the Dragons are also proud of many players who were noticed throughout the season. Nati Asfaw was a First All-Division Selection, Tyrell Hampton made Second Team and Kemani Wilks, Damani Wilks as well as Tylan McNeal earned Honorable Mention.
This season, there were many moments that shaped the team and players into what and who they are today. In fact, the Tarkanian Classic tournament was a great learning experience for the Dragons. There, they went 2-2 and competed against high levels of competition, which made each game very important. The team also defeated Valley High School on their Senior Night to send the seniors out with a win on their final home game. In addition, there were many other great moments of the season.
“Although we fell short of our goal of making the State Tournament, we did qualify for the playoffs and were playing our best basketball at the end of the season,” Head Coach Tyler Ehrke said. “As a coach, beating Chaparral High School was a proud moment.”
The Dragons faced the Cowboys on the road the second game of the season where they fought a tough and close battle and walked off the court with a 56-53 victory.
Coach Ehrke is proud of the boys and all their hard work this season on and off the court.
“It was a fun season with the kids playing hard all while maintaining good grades and staying focused in the classroom,” he said.
This year, there are no seniors who are planning to play basketball at the collegiate level. However, a few players will be continuing their athletic careers in other sports. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
Next season, the Dragons expect to have another great season. To make that possible, they plan to play a full summer schedule. Coach Ehrke said this can help the players and team grow as a program and improve individually.
Great work this season, Dragons, and good luck next year!