BY CHAD DANIELS-ROSENBERG
PRINT SPORTS EDITOR
The Lightning varsity basketball team finished its season with a 15-11 overall record and 6-2 district record, coming in first in the division.
Senior Ross Udine was disappointed at not winning districts or a state championship, but said he still thinks it was a successful season for the Lightning.
“I think the season went great,” Udine said. “We didn’t accomplish our two main goals but overall we had a very successful season and it was a lot of fun.”
Ross and his twin brother Max were both captains for the Lightning this season and have been playing together since they can remember.
“It’s weird that I won’t play with him ever again ‘cause we have been playing our whole lives together, but it was a lot of fun,” Ross said.
Ross will be playing for NYU next year and hopes to add to the team and help them win. Max, along with three other seniors, will not be continuing on to play basketball at the collegiate level.
Head Coach Jason Looky said that despite the disappointing end to the season, the team did everything right throughout the entire season.
“We had some big wins during the year, a little disappointed that we could not pick up our fourth straight district title,” Coach Looky said. “I thought we competed and we did things the right way on and off the court, so overall I am very satisfied.”
Max said that the team became closer throughout the season and individually everyone improved as well as the team’s chemistry, which showed with big wins toward the end of the season and in coming in first in the district for the regular season.
“Even though we didn’t accomplish our main goal of winning districts, we all got better individually and as a team as well,” Max said.
Junior Zach Levine said a high point this season was beating rival Western in front of the Bay crowd.The Lightning won 62-50.
“The best memory from this season was being able to beat our rival Western on our home floor on senior night,” Levine said.
As the only junior to start most of the games this season, Levine knows he will be stepping up next season for the departing seniors and understands the responsibilities.
“My goals for next year are to win the district championship and take Cypress the furthest they have ever been before,” Levine said. “I’m going to be the best leader that I can be and put our guys in a position to succeed.”
Coach Looky said that he has big expectations for next season, but knows this will only be accomplished with good example by the seniors on and off the court.
“My expectations are to compete for a district championship and try to go as far as we can in the state tournament,” he said. “That’s our goal every year, but doing it the right way, with good academics and leadership from the seniors.”
The Lightning fell to Western in a game that would be the second to last game of the season and which decided seeding for the playoffs. It then lost to Coral Springs in the following game, ending its season.
“As a senior you are trying to take your team farther then ever before and we weren’t able to do that,” Ross said.
Max said he was frustrated with the losses but knew the team played well throughout the season.
“I was disappointed but looking back at the season, it was a lot of fun and I loved playing for our school this year,” he said.