As the 2019-20 boys high school basketball season gears up, we reached out to Fort Worth
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basketball in the area. Two coaches — Matt Shabay from Paschal High School and Hosea Lee
from the Young Men’s Leadership Academy — shared their thoughts.
What do you see as the biggest challenge
facing your team this year?
This season, the Young Men’s Leadership
Academy (YMLA) team needs to work on their
competitive skills at the 6A level. “I fully expect
our scholar-athletes to live up to the challenge,”
coach Hosea Lee said.
Paschal’s coach Matt Shabay is worried youth
puts his team at a disadvantage. “We are a young
and inexperienced team after losing eight seniors
from last year,” Shabay said.
In which part of the game are you hoping
to see the most improvement from your
team this season?
Paschal’s coach Shabay trusts his team to
throw everything they’ve got into the season.
“They are willing to do whatever it takes to be
competitive and win games so as a staff, we
are really looking forward to what our team
can do this year,” Shabay said. “Our team is
tough and gritty.”
Lee says defense will be a huge focus for his
team if they want to contend for the district
championship. “As a team we got better and
better with each game last year but must
continue to strive to be the best defensive team
every game,” Lee said.
Which players on your team will be most
important to your success this season?
Seniors Jake Johnston and Albert Ownes will
be key to Paschal’s success in the playoffs this
season. Shabay also named junior Trigg Moore and
sophomore Austin Cunningham as key players.
Coach Lee from the YMLA is looking to
returning starters Darius Ford (senior), Monterrio
Golightly, D’monyae Davis, Jordan McClendon
(juniors), and Alfredo Hidalgo (sophomore) to
lead the still-new team through the season. “We
are like a puzzle and in order for it all to come
together like a masterpiece, every player must
do their job,” Lee said.