The Pacifica’s Boys Basketball season has come to an end, and now it is time to reflect on an overall disappointing season.
Rewind to exactly one year ago. The Seawolves, ranked 11th in their division, had just upset the #2 seeded Brethren Christian in the elite 8 and were on their way to the school’s second CIF Final Four. Now, 365 days later and in the present, the season is over and the team was one spot short of making the playoffs.
The season started promising, with a complete Seawolf squad that was projected as a top 5 team in the division. After starting the season 0-2, the team won the next 2 games against Villanova Prep and Mary Star, and things seemed to be clicking. Unfortunately, whatever momentum Pacifica had was short lived, as the team was hit hard by major obstacles. Leading scorer Luke Nuslein became ineligible and the injury bug consumed the Seawolves for the rest of the year, with the team consistently missing 3-5 players every game due to injury or other illnesses. This resulted in a lackluster 7-16 record
Yet, through all of the turmoil, the team managed to keep playoff hopes alive with a convincing 61-22 victory over Glendale Adventist in the final regular season game of the year, but fell just one team short of reaching the postseason. In my opinion, this Pacifica squad had just as much potential to reach a final four as last years, but the injuries that led to a lack of team chemistry on the court prevented them from reaching that potential.
The Seawolves future is bright however, as Pacifica will return most of the roster for next season. The ups and downs of this season reminded me of the quote: “The night is darkest right before the dawn,” and I believe that dawn is right around the corner for Pacifica basketball.