For the second time this season, Coast Union’s boys basketball team has bowed to a Coast Valley League opponent — by the narrowest of margins. On Jan. 19, Coast lost to Cuyama Valley, 34-32, the first time the Broncos had been defeated by the Bears.
On Friday night, Jan. 26, the apple cart was again upset for Coast Union as the Shandon Outlaws topped the Broncos, 44-43, at Shandon.
The last time the Outlaws defeated Coast Union in the Coast Valley League going back to 2010, the launch of the league?
By beating Coast Union, Shandon (5-1) takes over first place in the CVL; coming into this week, the Broncos are 4-2.
In fairness to the Broncos, David Nolan and Braiden Beauchaine were injured and could not play. Hence, the Broncos fielded six players at Shandon. Two of them fouled out, giving the Outlaws a distinct advantage. Nate Markham fouled out in the third quarter, and Riley Kennedy fouled out with 7 minutes remaining.
So, Coast had four players going up against five Outlaws for seven minutes. That game will have an invisible asterisk next to the final score because witnesses report that with one second to go in the game, David Amodei was apparently fouled (and would have had a pair of free throws) but no foul was called by the officials.
In reality, this is a rebuilding group of Broncos. Coast is fielding a team that features one experienced senior (Kennedy), a senior playing varsity for the first time (Will Stephenson), three sophomores, a freshman and a junior.
Coast did polish off Coastal Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 51-28. Sophomore Nate Markham led the scoring for the Broncos with 16 points (including a pair of 3-pointers) and he added three steals.
Sophomore Amodei tossed in 13 points (including a pair of 3-pointers), grabbed four rebounds and had two steals. Junior Forrest Johnson had three 3-pointers (nine points); Kennedy scored seven points and had six steals. Senior Will Stephenson and freshman brother Zach each had three points in the win.
The next home game for the Broncos is Feb. 2 against Cuyama Valley, which handed Coast its other league setback Jan. 16. That game begins at 6:30 p.m. and is broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5). It also streams live on www.1035KTEA.com.