The boys’ basketball season has officially kicked off and, with a record of 0-4, the Panthers are hoping to work out any issues before quads begin in January.
“So far, we’re off to a slow start, but that comes early on in the season for teams who are adjusting to new lineups and rotations,” senior Jake Scigliano said.
The next and arguably the most anticipated game for the Panthers is the annual night game against long-time rival Serra High School. The game is always played the night that students are released to inter break, making the rivalry game the kickoff for a relaxing two-week break.
The rivalry between the Padres and the Panthers is largely unspoken but runs deep in the wintertime. Two years ago, the Panthers upset the Padres 66-55, resulting in students storming the court in jubilation after winning the game.
“We tend to play our best brand of basketball when we’re up against [Serra] and the games are always exciting,” Scigliano said. “Going into these games, we have the mindset of dethroning the king in a sense, as they usually sit pretty close to the top of the WCAL. Burlingame loves nothing more historically than to take it to the teams that are supposed to easily overpower us.”
The Padres are 3-1 to start their season, but with the injury of key player and senior Jack Wilson, the boys see an opportunity for their first victory over Serra since that memorable night in 2015.
“This year’s game is at home, and the Serra game’s atmosphere during my sophomore year was unbelievable and something we’re hoping to recreate,” Scigliano said. “If everything aligns properly, I really think we can win.”
The game is on Friday, Dec. 22 at Burlingame, with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Quads officially begin Friday, Dec. 12, and the Panthers will play at home against Mills High School.