Syosset Braves basketball was on full display this past Wednesday as the program hosted the second annual Red and Black Day at the Syosset High School gymnasium.
Both the boys and the girls Varsity teams had an opportunity to be introduced to the crowd of students and faculty watching the events unfold. The boys and girls team both participated in warm up stretching, team drills, and shooting drills before ultimately scrimmaging against one another to give everyone in attendance a sneak preview of the 2012-2013 Braves and Lady Braves basketball teams.
Braves Head Coach Bobby Kopp started the event last year and after the success the day had last year he decided that the Red and Black Day should be made a Varsity basketball tradition.
“I think it’s a great way to really get the year started,” Kopp said. “It’s a great way to get the boys and girls programs off on a good start before the first game.”
Kopp hopes that the success of the Red and Black Day will help generate enthusiasm around the high school while at the same time showing the Junior Varsity players what being a Varsity athlete is all about.
“We really want to get all parts of the basketball program involved,” Kopp said. “Hopefully by giving them a chance to watch it will make them want to be a part of this when their Juniors and Seniors.”
Lady Braves Senior Connor Bird says she has looked forward to participating in the second annual Red and Black Day since she saw the success it had on the teams last season.
“It’s just a great day,” Bird said. “Having an opportunity to have fun with both teams is really special and to participate in the event after the success it had last year was really a great moment for me.”
Braves Senior forward Samm Falk loved the passion both teams displayed out on the court.
“I thought the whole day was great,” Falk said. “I thought both squads were great and played with great intensity. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to come out and participate in such a great event.”