The most thrilling and emotionally exhausting basketball game of the season for Coast Union’s boys played out in front of a highly vocal home crowd Friday night, Feb. 2. The Broncos came from behind to defeat the Cuyama Valley Bears, 37-34 — an ending eerily similar to the score Jan. 16, when Coast lost 34-32 on the Bears’ home court.
Coming into this week, the Broncos were tied for first place in the Coast Valley League with Valley Christian Academy and Shandon High School.
The Cuyama Valley victory came on the heels of a blowout against the Maricopa Indians. Sophomore David Amodei led the Broncos with 18 points on the way to a 63-12 victory.
Amodei also had five steals and three rebounds.
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Sophomore Nate Markham scored 13 points against the Indians (with six rebounds); senior Riley Kennedy added 12 (along with 11 rebounds and three steals); senior Will Stephenson had seven points and six rebounds — and his brother (freshman) Zach tallied five points.
Junior Forrest Johnson had three points.
The Feb. 2 victory over the Bears gave Coast a 6-2 league record coming into this week. Kennedy was the leading scorer with 10 points (he added five rebounds).
Markham had nine points with five rebounds; Amodei and Johnson each scored six points for Coast.
Senior David Nolan, returning after sitting out several games with an injured leg, had four points and four rebounds; and Will Stephenson had two points and eight rebounds.