AOW: Spartan senior ends high school career on winning note

February 19, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Through 22 games the Central Union High boys basketball team did not win a game.

But as the old saying goes, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish that counts."

If that truly is the case, one could wipe out Central's 0-22 start and focus on its 3-1 finish.

Through it all, 17-year-old senior Vincent McSee played to the highest level and at times almost carried the team.

In two games last week, McSee again demonstrated his worth as he led Central to victories over Holtville and Calexico.

In both wins McSee recorded double-doubles, scoring 25 points in each and pulling down 23 total rebounds.

"I thought both were pretty good wins for us. Everyone doubted us all year, so it was good to finish the season with those wins," said McSee. "Against Calexico (on Friday), there were a lot of people talking before the game, saying that Calexico would just walk all over us. But I knew we had them.


"We barely lost to them the first time we played them in Calexico. But we weren't going to lose to them at home," McSee said. "I think, of all the games we played, that game probably meant the most to me and everyone on the team because it was our last home game and for the seniors it was the last time we were going to play as Spartans."

McSee finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, coming off a 25-point, 12-rebound effort against Holtville on Feb. 12.

While Central's 3-23 finish may have been a disappointment to many, particularly if it came during their final year of playing, to McSee it really wasn't. In fact, he said it was quite a memorable season.

"I thought it was a really fun year, despite the record. I really had a good time playing this year," McSee said. "It was just fun to go to practice … see my teammates and coaches. And just knowing that despite what our record was, nobody gave up on us. What made me feel good as a player was that through it all, everyone on the team, players and coaches, we all stuck together as a team."

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