Peninsula Basketball Begins Season
• Palos Verdes Peninsula High basketball is back and ready to follow up their CIF run from last season.
The Panthers made a deep run in the playoffs after finishing the Bay League with a remarkable 7-3 record.
Head coach Ryan Quinlan is determined to get his young team ready for league play later this season. Peninsula graduated 10 seniors last year, leaving younger players to take on bigger roles this season.
The Panthers may be young, but have talented upperclassmen on the court, such as junior point guard Won’ya Singleton and senior forward George Babek.
Babek is one of only three seniors on the roster and has taken on a leadership role this season. He knows practice is the key to winning games. ‘’In practice, when we are not playing well, I always try to motivate all of my teammates to go harder.”
Peninsula has began the season 2-4 in non-conference play, but is coming off a big home win over Price High school in front of a loud Panther crowd.
The Peninsula student body, also known as ‘’The Zoo’’, is always sure to provide a boost for the home team.
Said sharpshooter John Skoblar, ‘’It was really cool to play in front of the Zoo, and I feel like it brought energy to the team to go out and get the win.’’
One of the stars of the game was sophomore forward J.D. Plough. Plough had his way with Price, dropping 28 points. This was Plough’s first varsity game, and he said the biggest differences between JV and Varsity basketball was ‘’definitely the size and talent of the players and the game is a lot faster.’’
The Panthers face a tough Bay league schedule this year that begins with Mira Costa on Jan. 9.
The Panthers have two big matchups against crosstown rival Palos Verdes on Jan. 23 and Feb. 8 that may be must wins for a chance at the CIF playoffs.
The Panthers may be young and inexperienced, but they are loaded with talent and are taking on this new season with a fearless attitude.