- The Sword & Shield
Spartans honor senior basketball players
Spartans honor seniors
By DYLAN SIEGEL, Staff Writer
February 3, 2020
Tuesday night, the Spartans rolled over John Carrol, winning 70-37. While the win was the goal, the biggest part of the night occurred before the tip off even took place. Seven seniors were honored for senior night, including guard Paulson Wright, guard Bo Barber, forward Rayven Turner, guard Graham Matthews, guard John Brown, guard Colby Blackwell, and guard Mac Swoger.
“It [senior night] is special to us, but at the end of the day, we gotta go out there and do our job,” senior guard Graham Matthews said.
Coach Davis admires the mentality this senior group has developed.
“What has stuck out about this senior class is the leadership they have shown in their hard work and unselfishness. They set the tone daily in how they prepare for practices and games and have shown the younger players the importance of accepting their individual [roles] and putting the team first,” Coach Davis said.
The current junior class has big shoes to fill next year.
“The seniors always have a great, positive mindset and are always providing great energy for the team,” junior guard Will McIlvaine said.
Even through an unprecedented year, the Spartans have surpassed expectations all season long.
“I’m most proud of how they [the seniors] stepped up earlier in the season when we were going through some adversity and challenged the team to be better and continue to grind and not panic. That showed the maturity of this senior class and I’m blessed to be able to coach them and have them lead like they have,” Coach Davis added.
The seniors have set the tone for the team all season long, and the entire Mountain Brook High School community will miss them.
Following the game, senior Rayven Turner received his first offer from the University of Mobile. Additionally, Turner is a nominee for AL.com player of the week.