Football season has come to an end in the Valley, and that means the start of another exciting sport season, this time basketball. The Tigers have been masters of both the regular and postseasons in recent years, winning five league championships in the past five years. That is an outstanding mark of consistency that starts with the head coach himself, coach Dave Milan.

Since taking over as coach of the Tigers in 2004, and compiling an 89-89 record overall in eleven years of coaching, Milan has become the heart of the Tigers basketball organization.

“He is fun to play for. He teaches you a lot about the difficult and intricate things of basketball,” Jordan Gomez said.

Gomez is a returning varsity player, something that is very hard to come by now considering most of the team left with the Class of 2014. Coming back to the team along with Gomez are Saivon Lewis, Marco Miranda, Art Silva, and Jose Barrajas. They hope to provide a veteran presence on the Tigers team that looks young since Dajon Staton and Chris Carter.

The past five years have been a testament of sheer dominance by the Tigers, as they have performed excellingly better than the entire valley, both in regular season and postseason play.

On December 3rd, the Tigers faced a very stiff challenge when going up against the IGS Australian basketball team. The game started off fast, as IGS got off to a 11-0 lead that Imperial would never achieve. The Tigers ended up losing 37-74.

Juan Topete didn’t see it that way. “It is a tough loss, but at the same time it is great to see that we are ready for the season. The score says different, but us players all know that we played our best even with the numbers against us.”

With that attitude, the Tigers are off to yet another season in which they hope to be hoisting the championship in their hands once again.

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