Crespi Carmelite High School

Crespi Basketball: Hoopin’ in the New Year

With a State banner hanging in the gym, Crespi will be the team to beat this season. The boys will continue to be a strong team. After winning State last year, the boys are working harder than ever to get another ring on their fingers.

On Jan. 4, the Celts took a tremendous home win over the Knights of St. Francis with a score of 69-44. The Celts made it look easy the whole night, with the help of their amazing coaching staff. The Celts went on the road on Jan. 6, to take on the Wolverines of Harvard Westlake in a nail-biting game. The Celts and the Wolverines were never more than seven points apart. The game ended up going into overtime with a score of 64-64. Both teams knew this would come down to tricky plays and smart moves and with 2.1 seconds left, the Celts called a timeout to discuss their next move. With 2.1 seconds winding down, sophomore Brandon Williams took his shot, making the final buzzer of the game in a Crespi win, 77-75.

The Celts only lost a few seniors last year, so there will be many familiar faces on the court. Senior De’Anthony Melton has committed to the University of Southern California and has been a key player for the Celts this season.

Being a small school in Encino, Calif., Crespi has had all eyes on them since the beginning of preseason. Their days have gotten longer and the three-pointers have gotten stronger. Coach White and the Crespi fans are more excited than ever to keep up with the Celts this season. As of Jan. 7, the mighty Celts are ranked no. 9 in the state, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Celts will continue to take on the Cubs of Loyola and the Eagles of Chaminade next week.

If fans cannot make it out to the game, they can follow Crespi Athletics on Twitter. If students would like to come and support in the Crespi Cabana, you can follow them on Twitter as well.