Boys Varsity Basketball · Boys Varsity Basketball vs Mason, 12/20/19

The Lansing Eastern Boys Basketball Team Improves to 2-1

After a 13 point victory, the Lansing Eastern boys team improves to 2-1 overall, and 2-0 in conference play. The team didn’t shoot as well as usual, but had a tremendous game defensively by holding Mason to 36 points on the night. Coach Jones challenged the team to improve their defense, and the team answered the challenge by turning up the defensive pressure. Senior guard, Tracy Holbrook finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds shooting 55% from the field and senior forward, Ta’Vonne Conner-Aikens finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds shooting 63% from the field. Other contributors were junior guard, Jalien Bowles with 7 points and junior forward, Willie Curtis who had 6 points. 

Player Interviews: 

Ta’Vonne Conner-Aikens: 

Q: How do you feel about the double-double tonight? 

A: I felt pretty confident in myself. I was nervous at first but got over my jitters.

Q: What was your mindset coming into tonight? 

A: Come out strong with energy and make sure I was controlling the tempo of the game.

Tracy Holbrook: 

Q: Another productive night shooting 55% tonight. What has caused you to be so productive? 

A: Practice, Practice, Practice!!! I’ve been working on my shot lately and my teammates have been pushing me to step up and execute.

Q: I heard you were guarding #3 in the second half, what was the adjustment that you made to hold him to 5 points in the second half?

A: After he had an amazing first half scoring 20 out of their 23 points, I knew I had to take him away. I started harassing him and making him uncomfortable when I was guarding him. I was pushing him around and getting in his head when he didn’t have the ball. My teammate Henrik Jones also helped out late in the game by denying him the ball. 


Content written by Terry McCord