The Coast Union boys varsity basketball team is 4-0 and sitting at the top of the Coast Valley League standings after going undefeated in the Valley Christian Academy tournament and polishing off Maricopa 59-30 on Friday, Jan. 9.
Jez Lawson led Coast Union with 15 points, and Samir Boutros contributed nine points.
“I pretty much played my second string through most of the game,” Broncos head coach Bobby Youngs said. Besides being able to give all his players game experience, Youngs said playing a weaker team gives him an opportunity to “try different things.”
As to the coach’s assessment of the team’s progress thus far, “To my eyes, they have passed my expectations — and then some.
“Coming in as a first-time head coach, I was just thinking about winning one game at a time,” he said. “The team is following the same philosophy. We play one game at a time, and in fact we’ve been in every game we’ve played, even against the bigger schools. That’s a sign that we’re all on the same page.”
And when the team plays a weaker opponent, rather than run up the score, the players work on fundamentals in preparation for their next stronger opponent. In fact, Youngs insists that the ball be passed five times before anyone shoots.
The next home game for the boys is Tuesday, Jan. 27, against North County Christian at 5 p.m.
Coast Union 62, Maricopa 37
After defeating Maricopa 62-37 on Friday, Jan. 9, the girls varsity basketball squad is 3-1 and in second place, one game behind first place Valley Christian Academy in the Coast Valley League.
Sophomore Emily McAvoy knocked in 17 points to lead the Lady Broncos in the win over Maricopa.
Reagan Kniffen and Crystal Nunez each chipped in with 10 points.
Coast Union’s next game is set for 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, a nonleague contest on the road against Dunn School.