Mid-season form only three games in?
It might be true for the boys basketball teams at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA), as the varsity team has begun the season undefeated after its opening two weeks of home games. The middle school holds .500 record after two games.
Under first-year head coach Tim Wilson, the middle school and varsity have officially debunked the myth of struggling under a new leader. But the player’s have been more than subservient and workable in the early portions of the season, according to Wilson.
“The greatest strength of both teams is their work ethic. The other strengths are reflective of our core values,” he said, speaking of being conditioned athletes, cooperative teammates and competitive sportsmen. “They have and continue to exemplify each of these in their efforts both at practice and during the game.”
And there have been numerous games for those values to appear in.
The varsity (3-0), not being spared any mercy in opponents, have taken down the Boys Home (76-56), Westover (60-37) and Parkway (51-22) in the season’s early goings and are only gaining steam.
After a season of continual jaw-dropping performances, Matthew Bowden has picked up right where he left off in the outset of his junior season. After 42 points in the home-opener against the Boys Home Nov. 10, he followed that up with another mirror-imaged 42, highlighted by his perfect, 24-24 clip from the free-throw line against Westover Nov. 13. Bowden dropped 25 points, eight rebounds Nov. 16 against Parkway.
“I’m proud of the effort and heart that they’ve shown as a team,” Wilson said. “We’ve started well, but we have a long road ahead of us.”
The middle school (1-1), despite a runaway, 35-7 victory in its matchup against Parkway Nov. 16, its game three days before against Westover wasn’t so extending.
A back and forth game eventually gave way for the Bulldogs to have the last crack at victory, splashing home a field goal with the Knights having only four seconds to counter. CHA’s attempt smacked off the backboard, off the front of the rim to hand over a loss in its first game of the season.
Regardless, with Thanksgiving break on the horizon and the next games over a week away, both teams — working together — have adequately prepared themselves for a rigorous season, through good and bad.
“They’ve shown that they are definitely capable of accomplishing anything they set their minds to,” Wilson added, with a condition, “as long as they are willing to work hard, stay humble, and be honest with themselves.”