Senior Send Off: Boys Basketball Seniors Take the Court One Final Time at Home

Adam Kunin, Staff Writer

The Trojans took on Beckman High in the final home game of their season on Jan. 24. Though it was an unfortunate loss for UHS, with a final score of 64 to 72, it was also a night to recognize the six seniors who poured in many years of hard work and dedication to the program. Seniors Kasra Benhamjou, Brandon Kang, Ethan Lee, Ryan Lee, Andrew Lim and Alex Pritchard all hit the floor for their Senior Night, and afterward, they reflected on their high school basketball careers in one nostalgic highlight reel. 

One special experience that came to the team’s mind was last year’s playoff run, as it was filled with many exhilarating games. Playing in these games provided many seniors with memories they will cherish after they leave UHS. 

“My favorite memory was beating Woodbridge twice last year,” Pritchard said. 

The Trojans pulled out a victory in a nail-biting game against Woodbridge last year, in which they outlasted the Warriors 59-58 to send them to the CIF playoffs. 

“My favorite memory playing for UNI was when I made the game-winning shot in my first CIF game junior year,” Lee said. 

Lee swished a crucial three-pointer to secure a road win against San Marino in the first round of the CIF playoffs. 

Additionally, in their time playing for UHS basketball, these seniors have taken away many valuable lessons.

“From these past four years, I’ve learned to always trust myself and the teammates I play with,” Lee said.

Many of the lessons these seniors took away can also be applied to many aspects of life, not just basketball. 

“I’ve learned how important it is to be willing to adapt to new situations and to always remain ready and prepared for an opportunity,” Pritchard said.

As their time at UHS wraps up, these seniors remain optimistic about the basketball program’s future. 

“I think this year has been a great learning opportunity for all our younger players, who will return next year with more experience and have a lot more success than this season,” Pritchard said. “I’m really excited to see how all our young guys improve and perform next year.”

Looking forward to next year, the Trojans will have to rely on some of the younger players, such as sophomore Isaac Evans. However, from the strong chemistry and bond the team has formed this season, UHS will remain as a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. 

“There are a lot of young guys on this team and in the future, I know that if they stick together they can become a top team in our league,” Lee said.