Following a 5-17 season in 2011-12 and a 5-16 campaign last season, the Covenant Christian boys’ basketball team came into this year with a goal of progress. The Warriors achieved that goal.
Covenant finished the season 10-13 and won a pair of sectional games over Cascade and Monrovia, before falling to Speedway in the sectional final.
“I thought that it was a good season for us,” Covenant coach Scott Flatt said. “We do an end of the season sit down with the kids and the responses were good from them. They were disappointed with some of our close losses down the stretch. We obviously would have liked to have been on the other end of those, but those are always fun games to play. From the input I got back from the kids, they really enjoyed the season and that’s what it’s all about, enjoying the journey of what a season brings.”
The squad loses three seniors, including leading scorer Trevor Johnson, who was injured in the sectional semi-final.
“We’re going to have to find a way to replace Trevor and his scoring,” Flatt said. “He averaged 17 points per game for us and I think that he averaged a charge taken per game. Those little things are huge for us.”
Covenant also loses inside force Cody Owen.
“Cody has been a good rebounder and a solid post defender for us,” Flatt said. “We’re certainly going to miss him as well.”
Between Johnson, Owen and fellow senior Ben Tucker, Flatt credits the seniors with the turnaround this past season.
“The three seniors showed great leadership this year,” Flatt said. “We had a rough season last year and we just lacked some unity. This group really (brought) some unity back to the team. They enjoyed playing together and I think that’s a tribute to the seniors pulling everyone together.”