You canâ€™t exactly call them the Twin Towers, because theyâ€™re hardly ever on the basketball court at the same time.
But Mammoth Huskies Alejandro and Francisco (â€śCiscoâ€ť) Flores are most definitely identical twins, so much so that coach Jason Patterson has needed to devise a few tricks for telling them apart.
â€śThey wear different colored shoes,â€ť Patterson said, â€śso thatâ€™s how I can tell them apart most of the time.
â€śAnd they wear their hair slightly differently.â€ť
A first time visitor to a Husky practice wouldnâ€™t know, though.
They are wide-body forwards, and their behavioral tics are identical. Their voices come out with the same tone and inflection.
And it is obvious that they are best friends.
â€śWe get into arguments,â€ť Alejandro said, â€śbut they always last about five minutes.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s great being a twin because you have someone to do stuff with. You never have to go by yourself, whatever it is. This afternoon weâ€™re weightlifting, for example.â€ť
The Flores twins also give the team something every team needs, and thatâ€™s senior leadership.
They are the only two seniors on the team, and with no juniors at all, Patterson said heâ€™s pleased he has not even had to ask them to also act as big brothers
Thatâ€™s hard to do when a team reaches February and has yet to win a game
But both Alejandro and Cisco are upbeat and playful at their practices, even though they may have gotten whomped the night before.
â€śWeâ€™re getting better every single day,â€ť Cisco said. â€śWeâ€™re playing against kids who are bigger and more skilled than we are.
â€śWeâ€™re a pretty young team. Itâ€™s pretty rough, but Mammoth will be good in two years.â€ť
Patterson, a first-year coach, said it has been a pleasure to coach the twins.
â€śIâ€™ve seen a lot of growth with both those guys.
â€śItâ€™s why you get into coaching, to see the growth from the kids, and not just on the court or the field, but off the court, too.
â€śTheyâ€™re our captains and we have to have senior leadership. Theyâ€™ve given that to the team.â€ťView more articles in: