The Cambrian

Coast Union tops Orcutt in boys basketball season opener

The Coast Union boys varsity basketball team kicked off their season Tuesday night Dec. 1 with a 40-36 win over Orcutt Academy.

The MacKinnon twins contributed 17 points in the win – Jack scored nine, and brother Sam added eight points for the Broncos. Jez Lawson led the way with 16.

The game marked the regular-season return of head coach Tim May, who took a year off in 2014 after 12 consecutive years coaching basketball but now is back in charge of the boys team.

“It was much needed,” May explained in a phone interview last week. “The experience allowed a lot more reflection in terms of what I wanted to do in coaching versus what I have to do as a coach.

“It seemed like I was trying to fit players into something rather than looking at who I had and trying to work players through something.”

This year, May has seven student athletes. He calls them “the mighty seven,” and one of the problems with having only seven players becomes clear during practice.

Coaches like to have five-on-five drills to practice specific plays into the regimen. But May is “working with what we have,” and he is pleased that his team “works hard and desires to get better. It’s always a great challenge, but that’s one of the things I like about coaching.

“There’s never a day that’s the same. Each day there’s something new to learn and something new to work through, and I have a great assistant coach in Emily Dunn, who was on the girls varsity a few years ago.

“The boys have been great in terms of respecting her, and I’m having a lot of fun starting out the season,” May said.

The boys team takes part in the Harding Invitational in Morro Bay beginning Thursday, Dec. 3.

This report is special to The Cambrian.