By Massai Walker, Staff Writer
The Verbum Dei High School varsity Eagles basketball team had a dominating 74-37 win in league play against Bosco Tech High School on January 15. With the win on Wednesday night, the Eagles improved their league record to 2-1 with wins over St Monica High School and Bosco Tech High School for a 5-7 overall record.
This is the best start of the season for Verbum Dei since the 2007-2008 season, when Verb started the year 7-5 under then-Head Coach Ronald Quiette.
“We executed the game plan Coach [Donley Minor] gave us,” said Amir Sevier. “Our goal was to set the tone first and dictate the flow of the game.”
Coach Minor’s goal for his first year leading the Eagles is to build a new culture.
“Got to find some culture,” said Minor. “Create an actual base, create an actual foundation over here, and hopefully that will lead to wins.”
Although Verb took the 37-point win, starting forward Ty’Jon James suffered a broken wrist. According to the Mayo Clinic, the recovery time for a broken wrist is 8-10 weeks, so it is highly unlikely that James will return to play for the Eagles.
On Friday the Eagles squad will take its talents to Downey for a league game against rival St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy (PMA), 7851 Gardendale Street.
Heading into the Friday night showdown, PMA comes into the game with a 2-1 league record and a 14-5 overall record. St. Pius is coming off a 59-52 victory over Mary Star of the Sea High School. Friday’s game is a battle for the second seed as the loser will drop to 4th place in the Santa Fe League standings. A lot is on the line for this early league game showdown.