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Jeremy Hemsley greets the Damien student section after he sank the winning basket at the buzzer.
Great players have a gift for slowing down time. They operate on their own clock. With his team trailing, 72-71 with 3.2 seconds left in overtime against Mission Oak High School, Damien sophomore sensation Jeremy Hemsley, who already had a game-leading 28 points, needed one more basket to give his team the victory in the first [...]
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Don’t cry a tear for Argentina or Damien basketball coach Matt Dunn just yet. While Dunn loses four-year starting center Chris Reyes now playing for St. Mary’s and playmaker Clayton White, he brings back a stellar back court in sophomore Jeremy Hemsley and senior Jared Dizon and a supporting cast of experienced players that should [...]
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 Matt Dunn, Damien’s head basketball coach has anything but the seven-year itch. In his 7th campaign for the Spartans, he still loves coaching at Damien and seems particularly taken with this year’s team. “Our chemistry is better than it’s ever been,” Dunn said on the eve of Damien’s first game of the season against Chatsworth in [...]