The Cambrian

Boys basketball: Broncos face Mission Prep on Wednesday

At the outset of the Coast Union boys varsity basketball season, coach Tim May projected that his top three scorers would be Ramiro Medina, Eddie Salazar and Andy Gordon. May has been proven to be right smack dab on the money so far.

Indeed, the 8-8 Broncos are getting great production out of those three. Junior Medina is averaging 12.9 points per game; junior Salazar averages 12.8 per game and sophomore Gordon averages 12.1 points each game.

Like all basketball coaches, May strives for consistency at the charity stripe. The Web site “Coach’s Clipboard” suggests that high school teams should aim for 70 percent completion of free throws, so May’s team has a way to go — overall the team hits on 56 percent of its free throws, according to statistics kept on MaxPreps.

That said, junior guard Sean Mertens leads the team with a 65 percent success rate on free throws (22 of 34); senior forward Jaime Torres hits on 60 percent (12 of 20) and junior Connor Cunningham sinks free throws at a 53 percent clip (10 of 19).

Over the past two games coming into this week, the Bronco boys won against Shandon (64- 16) and lost a close one at Fowler (57-67). In fact the Broncos were just 2 points behind at half time against Fowler but by missing many “… open lay-up opportunities,” they were not able to catch up in the second half, coach May stated.

And though the team was down by 18 in the third quarter, they did come back — albeit not far enough, losing by 10.

Their next game is a home contest against archrival Mission College Prep at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.

— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian