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    They filed into the tiny office inside the school gymnasium, one by one, until there were six of them inside the cramped room. They rattled off the neighborhoods they hail from and grade schools they attended, from Fox Chase to Somerton to Mayfair; St. Cecilia to St. Matthew to St. Albert the Great.

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  • "Here, every game counts, and every game could be our last," Kucowski said. "All the other winter sports have ended, but we're still playing, and that's a great thing. We all love the game of basketball and don't want it to end. We especially want to keep playing for our two seniors, so our goal is to just keep advancing and try to win a state championship."

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  • "To see everyone scoring means everyone is contributing," Kucowski said. "Last year, we had eight seniors, which helped a lot because they were older and stronger and made sure to push us underclassmen to get better for this year, when we only had two seniors. That carried over, and we push each other in practice every day to be the best we can be. Everybody goes hard and brings it every day ... it's not just me."

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