Las Lomas basketball is coming back and we are ready for it.Last season, the Knights had an overall record of 13-17, 3-9 in league. This gave them the 14th seed in the Division 2 NCS playoffs. The knights were expected to lose to 3rd seed Cardinal Newman, but they pulled off the upset with a score of 64-57. They then went off to face 11th seed Tamalpais and beat them in a close game with a score of 49-45. With wins against these two teams, this qualified the knights for the CIF state playoffs as all teams who make their regional playoff semi-finals are qualified, not just the winners of the bracket like other sports. After the NCS round was over Las Lomas ended up the 2nd seed in the northern section of the CIF Division 3 championship. Unfortunately, the Cinderella run was cut short by Foothill High School in the first round when the knights lost 57-62.
However, this year is sure to be better than the last. The knights have 7 returning seniors, and three returning juniors, two of which got pulled up for playoffs, as well as Elijah Lash a De La Salle transfer. This core group of seniors brings much-needed experience to the team and will have to help train 1st-time varsity players who were on Junior Varsity last season. This year’s players bring size to the team, something they struggled with in earlier years. Junior, Marco Balestrieri stands at 6-4 220 and Senior, Elijah Lash is 6-3 230. These two are sure to be a dominant force in the paint for the team. This year’s team is sure to be a force to be reckoned with.
This season will be head coach Jason Rockwell’s 2nd year as the coach for Las Lomas. Rockwell is a former assistant coach for De La Salle basketball. As an assistant coach, he helped lead the De La Salle to a NorCal championship.