Bordentown basketball players take every loss as a ‘win’

The Bordentown Regional High School boys basketball team honored all eight senior players before its game against Collingswood High School on Feb. 24 in Bordentown.PHOTO COURTESY OF BORDENTOWN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
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The Bordentown Regional High School boys basketball team honored all eight senior players before its game against Collingswood High School on Feb. 24 in Bordentown.PHOTO COURTESY OF BORDENTOWN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

There was not a moment this season that Bordentown Regional High School boys basketball Coach John Myers was disappointed.

It didn’t matter to Myers that his Scotties didn’t have success in the win column as they have had over the last six years.

He was just happy his players were able to be on the court with each other for 11 games during a season of challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Every day we were trying to play one more game than we had before,” Myers said. “I am proud of the boys. This is not an easy time for a teenager. The kids have gone through a lot between COVID-19 and everything else going on in the world. I wanted to get them out and have some normalcy.”

Perseverance was the message to the team all season long from Myers and his coaching staff.

No matter what obstacles presented themselves on or off the court, Myers told his players that when things don’t go their way they need to keep battling and never give up.

Myers saw that type of attitude from his players all season long.

Through all the tough losses to schedules changing left and right because of COVID-19 protocols and snowstorms, Myers saw his squad come in every day ready to work hard on the court.

“This team played as hard as any team I have ever had,” Myers said. “We were in a lot of games that we just couldn’t get over the hump in.”

All the hard work and perseverance from Bordentown paid off with each game and practice they had this winter.

It especially felt rewarding to the Scotties in their 55-50 victory over Pennsauken High School on Feb. 10, rallying back from a three-point deficit at the half to earn their only victory of the season.

“Of all the big games that we have won over the years, that was one of the biggest reactions of joy I have seen from our team,” Myers said. “The kids were so happy to win that game.”

Senior Logan Saranin led the way for Bordentown in the victory with a game-high 16 points. Fellow classmate Armaan Gill dropped in 13 points towards the victory, knocking in a game-high three three-pointers.

Gill knocked down a team-high 13 shots from behind the arch this season for the Scotties and finished as the second leading scorer on the squad with 85 points.

Bordentown’s leading scorer this winter was senior Aiden Kennedy, racking up 129 points in 11 games played.

Myers was very impressed with Kennedy’s all-around play in the backcourt this season. Kennedy tallied 11.7 points a contest, while also averaging around seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game.

Saranin, Gill, Kennedy and the rest of the senior teammates were honored before the team’s game against Collingswood High School on Feb. 24.

As most teams around the state held Senior Night festivities during the first couple home games of the season, Myers decided to wait till near the end of the season to honor the seniors like in past years.

Myers’ hope was that if they held Senior Night at the end of the season that parents by then would be able to attend the game.

That was exactly the case as all eight seniors were able to have their family members come and be a part of the celebration.

“It was a great rich reward for the seniors to go to center court and get a picture with their families,” Myers said. “That’s a rite of passage for every senior and they didn’t get a lot of that this year.”

With one week remaining in the 2021 campaign, Bordentown’s season came to an abrupt end on Feb. 28 due to COVID-19 protocols, according to Myers.

Myers hasn’t been able to speak to his entire team on the matter but could tell from texting the players that they are disappointed that they won’t be able to play the final three games of the season.

Despite the season ending on a bit of a sour note, Myers knows his team was fortunate to play 11 games this season, something that many teams in the Burlington County area weren’t able to do.

He made that known to his players by texting all of them how proud he was of them for their perseverance throughout the hardships of this season and that will be something they can take into life when they get older.

“I will not look at this as a down season,” Myers said. “I see it as one where I saw great perseverance from young men. They never quit. They brought it every day.”

Bordentown finishes the season with a 1-10 record.