Maury, Jack Baker looking for a state championship

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- This week’s unexpected snow storm had Maury head basketball coach Jack Baker a little worried.

“We played Friday night and had a nice win against Green Run. We practiced Saturday morning and we were ready to play Monday night and again on Tuesday but of course we got the snow. Of course you can’t play and practice and you don’t see your kids for two days,” Baker said.

His team responded with a 12 point win over Henrico to capture the schools first Region title since 2003. “Fortunately for us and a credit to them, they came ready to play.”

Freshman Mathew Coleman already has offers from ODU, UVa and Virginia Tech. He is a big reason why this team is 25 and 2 and just two wins away from a state title. “Its amazing and a great experience for us. You know, I’m a freshman and I’m starting. We are in the state semifinals and we have a chance to be a state championship team,” Coleman said.

In 38 years coaching at Maury High School, Jack Baker has taken his team to the state tournament 6 times. Only once has he coached in the state title game and that was back in 1979 when his team lost 73-72. “It’s very important. Jack Baker has not won one himself and me being a senior I want to win one as well,” senior Michael Basnight said. “Our goal was to play in the state championship game and we are one win away, but we are in the final four and these players have worked hard and deserve everything that they have gotten,” Baker added.

The Commodore’s even have the support of Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim who sent four children through that school.

“We know they have one more big game in them. They are a little wounded right now but we expect one more great game from them.”

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