When a coach prepares his team for a game against a formidable opponent from a bigger school, there are numerous motivational methods he may choose to employ. For Bronco boy’s basketball coach Tim May, his strategy going into the game against Morro Bay Friday, Jan. 22, is to compare this contest to the exciting upset in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl football game two years ago.
The Boise State Broncos were underdogs against the Oklahoma Sooners, and everyone figured the big bad Sooners would manhandle the Broncos, but Boise State used guile, grit and surprisingly innovative plays to upset the Sooners 43-42 in overtime.
In the game against the Pirates, May’s Broncos will be “challenged, to say the least,” the coach remarks, but adds, “the players are looking for some redemption” because Morro Bay outlasted Coast Union in December, 45-55.
Going into this week, the 8-8 Broncos had not played a game since Jan. 9; they hope to shake off any rust as they face a Pirates team that is not having its best season. In fact, coming into this week Morro Bay is 6-12.
Coach May says his eight varsity players — the only senior is Jaime Torres—may be “one year away from truly competing night in and night out against the big schools” (MBHS has 905 students to Coast Union’s 250), but “we are not going to let this opportunity pass us by.”
Friday night’s 7:30 game against the Pirates is a home game for the Broncos.
-John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian