By TYLER CASHMAN
From December 25 to December 31, the University High School (UHS) boys basketball team traveled to Orlando, Florida for a five day tournament. After three hard fought games, the team placed third overall.
After months of planning and fundraising, the tournament finally became a reality. Players stayed at the Coronado Springs resort.
The first game that the Trojans played was on December 27 against Letcher High School, from Kentucky. Though the Trojans trailed during the first three quarters, they outscored Letcher 28-19 in the final period, pulling ahead to secure the victory with a final score of 76-72. Joey Sfreddo (Sr.) played a fantastic game, shooting 67% for 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists.
The semifinal round was played against Bishop Hendricken High School, the state champions of Rhode Island. UHS was not able to keep up with their high octane offense, and the team lost 63-92. Kiron Dey (Jr.) scored 17 points along with 6 rebounds.
UHS’s final game was against James River High School (JRHS) from Virginia. UHS clinched third place with a 70-62 win. The team easily outscored the opponent 48-18 in the first two periods. Though JRHS attempted a comeback, it was unable to break the strong Trojan defense. Justin Wu (Jr.) contributed greatly to the win, scoring 30 points on 10 threes, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Sfreddo, who was crowned MVP of UHS for the tournament, said, “We had the time of our lives in Orlando and made unforgettable memories.”