Boys basketball falls short at Regionals

Dylan Pangrazio, Sports Editor

Joliet West boys basketball Joliet West boys basketball moves on to regionals versus Neuqua valley and Romeoville. Joliet West makes the playoffs after a good regular season going 17-11. The starting 5 for the playoffs included Shelton Gayton, Toby Onyekonwu, Justus McNair, Skylar Crudup, and Aruis Yancey.

This team of superstars from the town of Joliet, is looking great but can improve and can they live up to the hype.
What happened in regionals and why did it happen? The Joliet West basketball team will handle the attention and pressure to “Always keep working for sure, these guys are like family and this is what we love to do. I think every year we can and will improve,” said sophmore basketball player Justice McNair.

This statement shows how well rounded this team is, they know even after tough loses and great wins they can always improve. Joliet West beat Romeoville but fell to Neuqua Valley after a hard fought game that would end their season.

We also asked how they played and why, “I feel we played well, but we didn’t get the small things done 100%of the time,” said McNair. The team knows what they need to work on for the next season and will only amaze you. Joliet West basketball head coach Jermey Kreiger was very proud of the team this year. He stated that, “Yes, the season was a success. We don’t usually judge our season by the record, but rather did we grow and develop. We improved in many areas and at one point won 8 consecutive games.” He continued, “We won the conference and placed three players on the all-conference team with one of the individuals being the overall MVP.” This reflects how he is always proud of the team and will always support them.

Krieger also states how the playoffs have been a learning experience and they will take this new knowledge into next year. “It was much shorter than we wanted. We fell short against a strong and disciplined opponent. It was a valuable learning experience though,” stated Jeremey Kreiger. With this attitude and commitment joliet West looks ready for next year already.

The team has a bright future with the young stars in Justice McNair and Jeremiah Fears that is only going to get
better and overall benefit the team. If you haven’t gone out to watch the Joliet West basketball you are missing out. Be ready for next year.