February 3, 2012 > Warriors complete explosive season
Warriors complete explosive season
Submitted By Candy Alcosiba
It has been a long journey for the Fremont Christian Warriors Junior High boys' basketball team this year ending with a historic milestone. Placing second place in the Bay Area Christian School Athletic League playoffs - the best the school has done in over 13 years - left the team with a strong sense of satisfaction, pride and accomplishment. "We attribute our success to the hard work at practices which took us a long way into the games," said Captain Matt Ricafrente.
Led by Coach Pastor Glenn Pon, Warriors confidence rose as they progressed nearly undefeated throughout the season, only losing one game to rival Redwood Christian. That loss sparked a fire in the young Warriors, inspiring them to claim the division championship title.
As the season ended, the Fremont Christian faced three consecutive division games, two of them against their toughest opponents. Under tremendous pressure, the Warriors never relented. Following two strong wins, they once again faced Redwood Christian.
With one minute left in the game and trailing by two points, Head Coach Pon called a time-out while assistant coach Jason Wan drew up an inbound play. The play was executed with precision and finesse, resulting in a basket by Captain Edgar Alaniz which tied the game. A few seconds later, the Warriors fate was sealed as Alaniz drove the lane and scored to put Fremont Christian on top for good... the division champion title belonged to the Warriors. "We had good team chemistry from the start and were rewarded for our efforts." Co-Captain Joshua Ramirez said.
The victory gave Fremont Christian the top seed and a first round bye. In the second round, the Warriors faced off against Achiever Academy and took charge early on; final score 46-24.
Third round, a final four game, was against a highly skilled Contra Costa team from Antioch. Trailing most of the game, the Warriors never gave up. "We knew we had to give it all we had and leave it on the court." Kyle Alcosiba said. Down by seven points with less than two minutes left in the game, key three-point baskets were made by Matt Ricafrente and Bharat Nair followed by field goals from Alcosiba and Alaniz giving the Warriors victory, 41-40.
In the final championship game against Valley Christian Dublin, the Warriors played with determination and spirit. At one point, trailing by 18 in the second half, the Warriors turned up the heat. Ricafrente, who scored 10 points, and Alcosiba who scored nine points, closed the gap substantially. Although the Warriors lost 45-35, they walked away as winners.
When asked what made the Warriors shine this season, coach Pon said, "We have talented players that work hard; they came together as a team and played competitively - the FCS junior high basketball team accomplished one of the best season in years!" Evidence of this extraordinary effort was apparent throughout the season; all members of the team worked hard and brought their expertise to every game. "While most teams had one or two players that they relied on, we had plenty and played together as a team - we always had a couple of options." Alaniz said.
The success of this team will be savored and remembered as one of the best Warrior basketball seasons in history.