Seniors adapt to new roles on youthful Mac team
Youth and inexperience can lead to a rocky road in sports.
But in a season that saw a sophomore lead the team in scoring and three freshmen score in double-figures at various points during the season, the MacArthur boys basketball team has clearly been able to rely on youth.
A year after a senior-laden team helped the Highlanders earn a regional hosting gig, MacArthur entered the 2017-18 season with some question marks and few seniors with significant game experience.
But a group of seven seniors has helped fill needs for the Highlanders, while also providing the squad with some stability, whether it came from three-year lettermen or someone playing high school basketball for the first time.
MacArthur (12-9) usually starts three seniors, though only one of them had much experience as a starter prior to this season.
Ja'Sean Carter was thrust into the starting lineup toward the latter stages of last season. This season, Carter has kept the starting guard spot all season. Coach Marco Gagliardi asked Carter to take on a more proactive role this season. With that, Carter has had to be more of a leader and show maturity, especially when younger players are watching.