After defeating the Villanova Prep Wildcats 50-38 at home Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the first round of playoffs, the Bronco boys basketball squad traveled 232 miles to Southern California for the second round and were beaten 72-31 by the San Gabriel Eagles, on Friday, Feb. 15.
That defeat notwithstanding, coach Tim May’s team finished the season with a 17-11 mark (10-2 in the Coast Valley League) and May can look forward to basically the same team next season.
Indeed, most of the high-impact players on the Bronco varsity are juniors. Quinten Raethke — who scored 20 points against Villanova and 14 (plus 10 rebounds) against the stubborn defense of the Eagles — ended the season with 323 points for Coast Union. He also led the team with 194 total rebounds and 92 assists.
Junior Angel Avina scored 20 against the Wildcats and seven against the Eagles, and finished the season with 212 points, 33 steals, 53 rebounds, 80 assists — and he sank 65 percent of his free throw attempts.
Logan Brandt, another junior, was pretty well shut down in the playoffs, but he tallied 226 points this season; he also nabbed 175 rebounds and led the team in blocked shots with 44.
Alan Hernandez, also a member of the junior class, racked up a total of 170 points and grabbed 72 rebounds. Sophomore Gehrig Kniffen dished out 42 assists for the season (including four in the victory over Villanova and three against San Gabriel) and scored 73 points (including 15 three-pointers).
Daniel Gowdy, one of the few seniors on the team, chipped in with 29 steals, 47 rebounds, and hit on 60 percent of his free throws.
The Lady Broncos basketball team traveled 202 miles to a playoff game against Holy Martyrs Armenian High School on Saturday, Feb. 16. Coast Union lost, 44-24, ending up with a 11-7 overall record.