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    Shooter’s touch

    Ryan Mastella, a 21-year-old student, who plays basketball for City College, was one of the top scoring players in City College’s league this past season. Mastella also led the team in scoring and three-point shots made this year.

    Mastella says he “understands the art of basketball,” and he is a student of the game first. He attended Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills and during that time, his team enjoyed some success.

    “We made playoffs both years but lost in the first round my junior year and lost in the second round my senior year,” says Mastella.

    Earlier in the season, Mastella played a tournament during which he won the award for Most Valuable Player, even though the team lost in the championship game to host Ohlone College. During
    the title game, Mastella knocked down six three-pointers in the first five minutes.
    19-year-old Kinesiology major Gino Alberts, says he has high regards for Mastella’s shooting ability.

    “Ryan is one of the best shooters in the state. He’s a guy that you can’t leave open but he also puts the ball on the floor well,” says Alberts.

    Mastella’s teammates had significant hope in Mastella. The players utilized Mastella’s threat to teams to open up options for other players to make plays.

    Ryan says his primary position is shooting guard—or “wing”—but sometimes he also plays forward. The wing position is an acquisition set running to the right or left side of the court between the corner of the three-point line and the top of the three-point line. Wing players usually stay out on the perimeter.

    “I’ve been a wing my entire life so that’s just been my natural position,” says Mastella.

    Garrett Cline, a 19-year-old kinesiology major, says Ryan helped him build his court awareness.
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    “Because he was a great shooter I learned to be more aware of where my teammates were, he also made me a better facilitator,” says Cline.

    Mastella ranked 22nd in doublefigure points in the season, while averaging 17.4 points per game. He scored a total of 418 points in 24 games. Mastella says whenever he’s played basketball, he’s always been a shooter, but this year he says he’s trying to develop his offensive game as a complete scorer, not just a three-point shooter.

    Mastella also says he has been working to get better in his quickness and strength. “That would help me defensively and offensively,” says Mastella.

    Mastella says his plans after playing at City College include pushing to get a basketball scholarship. Mastella says he has a passion for the game. Mastella also says he tries to keep a determined mindset
    going into each upcoming game.

    “I just go in to the game amped to play but I try to remain focused and composed at the same time.” says Mastella.
    Alberts says he has respect for his teammate.

    “Ryan is a great teammate. He is like the captain of our team. He got people focused and ready to go before games, he just had that desire to win and brought it every game,” said Alberts.

    Mastella says he feels it would be a disservice to the game of basketball if he did not “go hard” at his craft and adds that he loves the thrill of competing because it helps him as a person and a player on the court.

    “It brings out the best of me,” says Mastella.

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