Bulls Basketball Reflects on Season and Looks Forward to Next Year
By Krish Chinai
The Boys Varsity basketball team had many ups and downs over the course of their year, and their season sadly ended in the North Coast Section (NCS) semifinals against Urban. They finished with a 15-14 record overall, going 7-7 in MCAL play. After losing several starters and key role players last year, this team had many new faces and players with much greater responsibility. As a result, the returning members of the team will use this season as a learning opportunity heading into next year, where they hope to accomplish much more.
Junior Henry Feinberg says that this past season was “a rebuilding year,” and that next year the Bulls will “have more team chemistry, won’t have to spend so much time on the little things, and can move to the bigger aspects a lot quicker.” Junior teammate Connor Jackett agrees, and adds that this season “was our first real year all playing together. It took a while for us to get chemistry because we had never really played together before.”
Former Branson varsity basketball coach and current history teacher Jonas Honick was a close observer of this team throughout the year. He points out that “they graduated four starting seniors last year so they maybe had only 10 or 12 points per game returning, so they had to redefine themselves. It takes time.” Honick also mentions that the Bulls should “remember the pain of that defeat against Urban in the NCS semifinals and work hard in the offseason to make sure that doesn’t happen next year.” This past season aside, the Bulls do have a bright future ahead of them as many key players will be returning. Honick says, “they have two really good offensive players back, their two best players, I would argue, Henry and Connor. That’s a good foundation to build a strong team around.”
In terms of next year, Henry and Connor both agree that their goals are to win NCS, MCALs, and make the NorCal tournament. If all goes according to plan, those two, with the support of returning players and incoming players from the JV squad, will return Bulls basketball to its historically dominant form.