By Isabelle Chen,
The DHS men’s varsity basketball team pulled an 86-80 victory over the Laguna Creek Cardinals on Break the Record Night, Feb. 1, 2013. A total of 1266 fans showed up to cheer on the DHS team, defeating last year’s record of 1122 people.
It was a game that had everyone on the edge of their seats until the last seconds: though DHS ended every quarter at least six points ahead, it was never a runaway. Within the last three minutes of the game, the Cardinals twice came within one point of Davis’s score—but DHS did not let them take the lead.
This year, Student Government decided to try something different for the game: “silent night,” in which the DHS crowd remains silent until the tenth point is scored. Junior C.K. Hicks scored that point.
“It was awesome, [and] definitely brought a lot of energy,” Hicks said. Since he was shooting a free throw at the time, he felt a little bit nervous under the anticipation of the crowd, but remained focused.
“Right when I let go of the ball, I knew it was going in,” Hicks said with a smile.
Senior James Kilkenny is happy to have won his last Break the Record Night at DHS. He also believes that the “silent night” idea worked well.
“We came out slow, ‘cause there was nobody cheering, but it came out well in the end,” he said.
Men’s varsity coach Dan Gonzalez had confidence that the team would succeed.
“The guys were awfully excited knowing they would have a big crowd,” he said. “They play better when there’s a big crowd.”
Gonzalez named four players that had a particularly positive effect on the game’s outcome: Brett Bloomfield (“he was Mr. Hustle tonight,” Gonzalez said), Kevin Sorensen, Brandon Strong and Hayden Russell, who scored 26 points—the most out of all his teammates.
The Blue Devils have two games left until the end of their season. Gonzalez hopes to end the season on a high note by doing something the DHS basketball team hasn’t done since the 1990s: winning the league.