After starting 0-2 last week, the Galileo boys varsity basketball team needed to get a win to stay in the playoff hunt. However the week didn’t start off well as the Lions lost to the Lincoln Mustangs on Tuesday, January 16th (60-42), but finally won their first game against Burton (52-41) at Galileo on Thursday, January 18th, bringing their league record to 1-3.
Against the Mustangs Galileo came out slowly. Part of that could have been due to the team missing starting center, senior Ben Pate. However, the team fought back, down only 5 point midway through the second quarter. But once again, the third quarter for Galileo was their undoing, throwing turnovers and not getting back on defense, while Lincoln expanded their lead and handily beat the Lions. “We had a tough loss because we had a lot of turnovers, and we need to cut that down,” said junior power forward Kevin Sheehan.
Looking for some confidence in themselves, Galileo came out strong against the Burton Pumas making sure they took the lead from the beginning of the game. The Lions played well defensively, keeping Burton from scoring. They also made Burton turn the ball over, leading to a number of Lion fast break points. By the half Galileo lead the Burton by double digits and they finally met one of their goals, winning the score after every quarter. “My teammates played really well and I feel like our defense as a team is coming together,” said guard Ryan Huang.