The Coast Valley League basketball season is in its final weeks, and while Coast Union’s boys hold down first place in league play at 5-0, they also are playing well against nonleague foes.
On Friday, Jan. 16, Gehrig Kniffen picked up 18 points and dished out seven assists as the Broncos defeated Dunn School 55-23. Jack MacKinnon scored nine points, Auggie Johnson chipped in with seven points and center Nahum
Hernandez grabbed 13 rebounds for Coast Union.
Kniffen talked about the Broncos’ success.
“Our team dynamic this year has been really good,” he said. “Everyone is accepting their role, and a lot of the sophomores have come on to become really good shooters. Plus we have guys providing good defense.
“Jez Lawson has become a monster this year on the court, really carrying us. Nahum Hernandez has been helping us on the boards, rebounding like crazy; so we don’t have a bunch of superstars, but we have a good team dynamic where everyone helps the team win,” Kniffen said.
The senior guard said varsity coach Bobby Youngs has done a good job keeping the players sharp in practice: “We practice at game-time speed. We practice a lot of shooting, so when we step on the court for a game we’re ready for it. We’re really proud of the sophomores, the way they play: They have stepped up to the plate at a higher level than last year.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Kniffen led the team with 19 points in the Broncos’ 65-45 win at Shandon.
The next home game for the boys is against second-place Valley Christian Academy, set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The Broncos defeated Valley Christian earlier this month.
Coast Union 38, Dunn 32
Coast Union 43, Shandon 34
Coast Union’s girls basketball team defeated Dunn School 38-32 Friday, Jan. 16, but head coach Emilie Foster wasn’t satisfied.
“We should have won by a lot more: We should have won by 20 points,” Foster said, adding that the girls were not physical enough against the Earwigs.
Interviewed after the Lady Broncos’ morning practice on Monday, Jan. 19 — Martin Luther King Day — Foster said, “Our practice today was all about being physical.”
“It’s not just about being physical under the boards,” she stated. “We need to be more physical everywhere on the court. (Dunn School) did everything but put a red bow on the basketball. We need to spend more energy going after the ball.”
Rima Panchal led Coast with 11 points against Dunn, and Reagan Kniffen added 10 points. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Kniffen scored 20 points to help Coast (3-1 in the Coast Valley League) to a 45-34 win over Shandon; Crystal Nunez added 14 points in that game.
The next home game for the Lady Broncos is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30, against Valley Christian Academy.
The Santa Lucia Middle School boys basketball team suffered a tough loss against Flamson Middle School of Paso Robles on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
The Warriors were down to six players (an injury, an ineligibility and a family emergency depleted the roster), and the result was a 50-33 loss.
However, Coach Ayen Johnson said, the team “fought hard” in the defeat. Johnson added that seventh-grader David Amodei had a big game in a losing cause, scoring 21 points.
Santa Lucia was scheduled to host a tournament this week.
The girls basketball team at Santa Lucia Middle School is beginning its season, and results of those games will be covered in The Cambrian.