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Broncos dominant in 47-5 boys basketball rout of Coastal Christian

Junior center Roberto Cueva has been strong under the basket for the 5-0 Broncos. Here he controls a rebound Jan. 8 against Valley Christian Academy.
Junior center Roberto Cueva has been strong under the basket for the 5-0 Broncos. Here he controls a rebound Jan. 8 against Valley Christian Academy.

The Coast Union boys basketball team improved its Coast Valley League record to 5-0 on Friday, Jan. 15, dominating Coastal Christian on the road 47-5. Auggie Johnson led the team with 12 points, and Sam MacKinnon added 11 for Coast Union. Jez Lawson and Jack MacKinnon each scored six points, Riley Kennedy chipped in four points, and Roberto Cueva tallied three points.

Second-place Valley Christian Academy played a nonleague game Friday, so Coast Union has stretched its lead over the Lions (3-1) to a game and a half. The two teams meet again on Feb. 2 at Valley Christian.

Head Coach Tim May was asked what strategy he employs when the Broncos are clearly a far stronger team, and are dominating the action, as was true against Coastal Christian.

May, who reminds his team that he has been on the “receiving end of being out-matched,” is never trying to run up the score, but on still wants his players to remain “sharp in our execution and focus.”

Aware that players have a tendency to become relaxed on defense when they are blowing out their opponent, May drives home the point that the team needs to “continue to focus on improving all facets of our game.”

The Broncos can improve their tactics and skills even when towering over an opponent, the coach explained.

“We were able to try some zone schemes … and work on keeping their man in front of him, not allowing the player to get by him by dribbling.”

On Friday. Jan. 22, Coast Union travels to Shandon to take on the Outlaws. The next home game for the Broncos is Tuesday, Jan. 26, against Cuyama Valley at 6:30 p.m. For local fans who cannot attend that game, it will be broadcast on KTEA-FM (103.5) and streams live on www.ktea-fm.com.

Girls

The Coast Union girls basketball team defeated Coastal Christian on Jan. 15 by a 32-26 score. The road win improved the Lady Broncos’ Coast Valley League record to 4-1.

Terrance Lawson led the team with 11 points, eight rebounds, nine steals and four assists. Meg Stern added 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Emilie McAvoy tossed in six points, grabbed five rebounds and had two blocked shots for Coast Union.

The next home game for the team is Tuesday, Jan. 26, a 5 p.m. start time.

This sports report is special to The Cambrian.

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