PerspectivesAthletics, Varsity Boys, Girls Hoops 2014-2015

Perspectives Athletics, Volume 5, Issue 2
By Barry Temkin

The Perspectives Leadership Academy/High School of Technology boys basketball team finished with a solid 14-12 overall record and a particularly impressive 8-2, second-place mark in the Chicago Public League White South conference.

Senior captains Darian Whiteside, Treyson Johnson and Charles Griffin led the way for head coach Curtis Strong.

“The progress these young men made over the course of the season, not only as basketball players but as young men, is amazing,” Strong said of his team.

The PLA/Tech sophomore team was 15-9 behind sophomores Bartee Taylor, Derrion Lockett, Lashon Gist and Kavonte Cole and freshman Jackie Crawford.

“Through the ups and downs the team continued to play hard,” sophomore coach Curtis Williams said.

The Warriors freshman team built a strong 19-10 record, including a seven-game winning streak, with leadership from Tyvon Jones and Michael Daily.

“This team was a bunch of kids who never played on a team and came together to push one another to have an outstanding year,” freshman coach Antonio Reese said.

The Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy/Joslin boys team was 13-13, which included a runner-up finish in the Lisle Thanksgiving Tournament and third place in the ICCP/Westmont Holiday Tournament.

Head coach Waybon McConnell’s top contributors included sophomore DeAndre Lightfoot, freshman Marquan Williams, senior Kameron Williams and junior James Jordan. He particularly praised Jordan’s improvement and the effort of senior Kentrail McKinney, who, he said, “demonstrated a strong work ethic while only getting limited minutes on the court.”

The MSA/Joslin sophomore team was 12-9 overall, 5-5 in the White West, and sported an impressive victory over traditional city power Simeon.

Sophomores Jaquan Lawrence and Montrell Kennedy and freshmen Rakwon Roberts and Montreal Willis led the way for coaches Marcellus Phelps
and Marlon Jackson.

The Perspectives Leadership Academy/High school of Technology girls basketball team finished 15-11 overall, 10-3 in the CPS Metro conference under head coach Stefan Fisher.

With leadership from senior Crystal Lackey and junior Tatyana Albritten, the Warriors also reached the state tournament regional finals while giving three freshmen significant playing time.

“They have excellent potential to be really good,” Fisher said of his young players.

In her first year as head coach, Chasity Wilson’s PLA/Tech sophomore team finished with an outstanding 8-0 mark. Top contributors included sophomore Latanya Pitts and freshman Diamond Jones.

The MSA/Joslin girls team was 4-18 overall in Bill Yadron’s first year as its head coach but demonstrated a champion’s attitude.

“These young ladies played with a lot of heart,” Yadron said. “Our motto was, “We don't get tired.’ They love the game and each other.

“We were a very young team and expect to improve dramatically over the next year.

Leading the way this past season were juniors Tashana Tyler and Kayla Buchanan and sophomores Damia Williams, Akina Watson and Armone Bingham.