Boys basketball dominating start of season


Samuel Ford

Senior, Cody Williams making a massive dunk with the win against the Boulder Creek Jaguars, 89-55

D1 boy’s basketball championship team is off to an undefeated start of the season. The boys undefeated 7-0 which is the best start the boy’s basketball team has had in all of Perry history. They have been beating teams by almost 30 to 40 points a game, and are ranked 17th team in the nation after starting off with a perfect season, and they are working towards winning back-to-back championships. At the last tournament, they played Eastmark, Desert Ridge, Corona Del Sol, and Casteel. After,beating each team by a large margin Senior, Cody Williams, won the Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament. 

ESPN class of 2023 top 100 basketball player Cody Williams stated,“it feels really good. We worked really hard in the offseason and all summer long, and really all the credit goes to Coach Duane.” The team is really excited about how the season is starting which brings them closer and makes the team chemistry higher. “We all know each other for like four years and winning games just makes it better which also helps us a lot on the court with being unselfish with the ball and has helped us with our start to the season.” With the boys having really strong chemistry as a team and most returning from last year’s championship win, boys basketball really credits their success to Head Coach Duane and has them playing fastball and capitalizing on great opportunities. With that coaching, the boys are averaging about 79.1 points per game, and have them seeded as the second-best team in the state.

In the boy’s current streak, the boys competed in the “Welcome To The Jungle” tournament taking first. After Williams was named MVP stated, “It was nice, but it’s really more accolades towards the team and all the coaches.” Williams credited most of his testaments to his teammates and how everyone on the team is unselfish, noticing he was having a good game. So they created open looks and great shots for him to take, which is another collaboration to the team’s success. 

The boys have another big tournament coming up called the “Hoophall West” which has a bunch of teams from all over the nation come to compete. Williams said that the team is ready and prepared, “making sure that we take care of the little things and be solid as well as stay calm on a big stage like that and limit turnovers and pretty much go out and ball how we ball.” As the boys hope to keep their streak going, they really focus on their fundamentals and are unselfish with each other.

Boys basketball is amped for their season and has made it their goal to try to go undefeated for the rest of the season and as well become the first team in Arizona to be back-to-back champions.