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Basketball Celebrates its Seniors

Justin Raab, Staff Writer

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With just four games remaining on the regular season gauntlet, the Jesuit Tigers basketball team has arrived at their senior night this Tuesday. Currently boasting an 18-2 record and ranked #5 in 3A, the Jesuit Tigers look poised to make another run back to the FHSAA Final Four. Despite receiving great help from underclassman Thierry Moliere, almost all of the team’s success must be accredited to this year’s graduating seniors. Making up half the team and almost the entire starting lineup, the 2017 seniors are the biggest reason for this strong year of basketball from the Tigers.

Leading the way is Stevie Darst, the team’s most talented player and emotional leader. Darst recently reached 1000 career points last week, a feat only few Tigers have accomplished. Coach Neal Goldman could not have been any prouder of his senior guard, saying: “It’s very well deserved. He’s dedicated, works hard year round, and is a great example of what we look for in a basketball player for this program.”

Darst is supported by Tyson Dunn, another standout basketball player. In 2016-2017, Dunn is averaging 10.3 points per game, fourth-best on the team. Also contributing this season is Matt Gomez, who, despite playing limited minutes, has been a very strong supporting player on the Tigers.

Perhaps the biggest breakout player this season, Lucas Uzdavinis has emerged on the scene as a consistent member of the starting five. Averaging 11.6 points per game, Uzdavinis currently ranks second in points scored among the team. He also averages 4.3 rebounds per game, second amongst the Tigers. Other contributors include John Matthew Roberts, who has played in all but one of this season’s twenty games.

With just four games left in the regular season, Coach Goldman and the Tigers look to honor their great seniors, as well as start a run towards a state title. Goldman says that this senior class is “tight-knit and shows true brotherhood.” He also says that they exhibit great team leadership and have done a phenomenal job creating a positive team atmosphere with the underclassmen.
The Tigers host Brooks-DeBartolo Tuesday night and Robinson later in the week. They close out their regular season schedule with rivalry week games at Berkeley Prep and Tampa Catholic. With a great group of seniors and numerous underclassmen contributors, expect Neal Goldman’s group to go far once again in this year’s playoffs.

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