Posted On: 02/23/18 6:00 PM
At your traditional public high school, especially one with strict enrollment guidelines, it’s sometimes tough to produce 20-win seasons year-in and year-out as program-changing type players only come around every so often.
That was the case with Los Alamitos high this season. The Griffins turned in 20-plus win seasons each of the last four prior to this season as they completed their season at 10-18 with a first-round playoff exit at the hands of Corona Centennial.
Though Los Al struggled this year, there were a couple bright spots that shined through, including sophomore Kevin Kent.
The 5-foot-6 point guard played in 16 games in an injury-riddled season, averaging 6.5 points and two assists a game while displaying a high basketball IQ and mid-range shooting ability.
“This year has been a learning experience for me because we’ve had a lot of ups and downs,” said Kent, who played on the freshman team last season. “It will help me become a better leader and hopefully we can get more wins next year.”
Kent moved in and out of the Griffins starting lineup due to head coach Eddie Courtemarche’s search to find the best lineup to put wins on the board, but Kent said that it felt good to see his hard work come to fruition.
“I worked really hard over the summer and it feels good to be playing on varsity,” he said. “This season was a great experience.”
Kent mentioned that he’s unsure of which club program he will play with this spring and summer, but does have a clear vision of which aspects of his game he will be working on the most.
“My ball handling and mid-range shooting are my biggest strengths right now,” he said. “I need to work on making the right plays and decision, get my teammates more involved more and just get my body stronger.”