MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Joshua Doughty waited patiently for two years to become the starting point guard on the Mount Vernon boys varsity basketball team.
The 5-foot-10 senior received his chance and has made an immediate impact, leading Mount Vernon to three decisive victories in a Canadian tournament to open the season.
Doughty was named the most valuable player and is The Mount Vernon Daily Voice December Athlete of the Month.
“It was an amazing feeling, an amazing trip,” Doughty said of being named MVP. “We were unselfish on offense, and our defense was really good.”
Doughty opened the tournament with a 10 for 10 showing from the field against Jasper Place. He revved up the offense as Mount Vernon scored at least 100 points in all three games.
Following the team’s final game last year, Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino told Doughty he was going to be the starting point guard. Instead of sitting back and relaxing, Doughty immediately began focusing on the 2012-13 season. He knew Cimmino expected a lot from him.
“I worked on my game, a lot,” Doughty said. “I feel that my shot got better and I know my decision-making has improved.
“I came into the season wanting to show coach that I was getting better, and I wanted to continue improving every day. I also want to help our team be the best and win another gold ball, as well as go back and win states again and this time win the federation.”
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