Broncos split four in boys basketball tournament

Coast Union surges late to secure two wins — including an overtime triumph against Caruthers

Special to The CambrianJanuary 2, 2014 

Freshman Bronco guard Jez Lawson drives toward the basket against Valley Christian on Dec. 19. Lawson was named to the all-tournament team during the annual Coast Union Invitational Tournament, held Dec. 26-28.

MERLE BASSETT

The Broncos boys varsity basketball team came away with a split of four games in its annual Coast Union Invitational Tournament (Dec. 26-28), beating Morro Bay and Caruthers but losing to Fairmont Prep and Immanuel.

Quinten Raethke scored 14 points to pace the Broncos’ 50-44 victory against Morro Bay on Dec. 26. Angel Avina picked up eight points and grabbed nine rebounds in the game. The key for the Broncos was their ability to dominate the fourth quarter, when they outscored the Pirates 17-11. The teams were knotted at 33 going into the final quarter.

On Dec. 27, the Broncos won a thriller in overtime against Caruthers, 56-52. In that game, Raethke racked up 16 points before leaving with an injury. Logan Brandt had 12 points and hauled down seven rebounds for Coast Union.

The next day, Coast lost to Immanuel 54-41 — with Avina’s 13 points leading the Broncos — and later fell to Fairmont Prep, 60-36 in the second half of the doubleheader.

Freshman guard Jez Lawson was named to the all-tournament team.

If you go …

The Broncos’ next home game will be a non-league contest at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 against Orcutt Academy.

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