ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — The Dimond High School Boys Basketball is preparing for another state basketball tournament and a hope for March redemption. The Lynx have played in the three of the past four state championship boys basketball games, and it’s fair to say that this team has grown accustomed to playoff basketball.
But the team hasn't got used to is the heartbreak that comes along with it — last year Dimond lost to Wasilla 47-44 in the 4A state championship game.
“It’s a sensitive topic,” said senior Evan Hoosier about last year’s loss to the Warriors.
The Lynx team moved on this season, quickly establishing itself as one of the top programs in the state, and went on to win the Cook Inlet Conference regular season title.
“They all want to win. They don’t want to be the 20 point scorer that comes in third or fourth,” said Head Coach Brad Lauwers.
According to Lauwers, depth is what sets this team apart.
“We have a really strong starting five with a lot of experience,” Lauwers said. “We have a lot of balance.”
For Dimond, that balanced attack starts at the point guard position — Cook Inlet Conference Most Valuable Player, Isaiah Moses.
“I’m more consistent with each and every game, and I think I’m getting better this season,” Moses said.
Lauwers attributes that success to Moses' chemistry with teammate Carter Moore.
“We run things through Carter, even though Isaiah is a smart point guard,” Lauwers said. “Carter’s almost genius in basketball IQ.”
The Lynx tip off the Alaska Schools Activities Association 4A State Boys Basketball tournament Thursday against Palmer at 8:00 p.m.