Kwok’s work ethic drives Eagles’ success

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Basketball coach Johnathan Kwok goes over the game plan with the Eagles during a timeout against St. Pius X, in a game at Reckling Gymnasium on Jan. 25. Kwok is in his first year as a head coach at the high school level. Photo by Aaron Reiss
Basketball coach Johnathan Kwok goes over the game plan with the Eagles during a timeout against St. Pius X, in a game at Reckling Gymnasium on Jan. 25. Kwok is in his first year as a head coach at the high school level. Photo by Aaron Reiss

by Ryan Olivé
Eagle Staff

From the thrilling moments of the all-school game to the “hands-throwing” Pius game, students have seen coach Johnathan Kwok guiding the Eagle basketball team.

In his first year as head coach, Kwok is looking forward to the home stretch of the season. He has confidence that his work ehtic will lead to success now and in the future.

Many players have commented on the amount of film that Kwok watches before games, demonstrating just how hard their coach works.

“I try to watch as much film as I can,” Kwok said. “I like to watch film to scheme our game plan around the tendencies of opponents.”

Scheming and creating a game plan is considered Kwok’s forte, and he has an interesting take on the strategy of his starting roster.

“I don’t always put the absolute best players on the court,” Kwok said, “but the best combination of players.”

According to his players, Kwok is quite the comedian off the court. His sarcasm and witty comments keep his players relaxed and focused.

“Kwok is a great coach,” senior Pearson Garnett said. “Sometimes he scares me,  because I cannot tell if he is being serious or not. On the court and in the gym, he is all basketball, all the time, no exceptions.”

Things have been heating up Kwok and the team recently, as district play has started up.

In the past couple of weeks the Eagles have defeated Beaumont Kelly and St. Pius, both in overtime thrillers.

Freshmen twins David and Colin Jones, along with fellow first-year varsity players Jakobi Nunn and Luke Dworak contributed to the Eagle victories, serving as testaments to Kwok’s ability to find talent and trust his instincts.

“Coach Kwok does a great job with helping the younger players relax before the game,” senior captain PJ Pane said. “He has pushed me to be a leader on the court, and to help the underclassmen develop.”

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