Layups at Laguna

Hey Mustangs! Are you excited for the eighth grade boys’ basketball season? From January 28thJump to January 30th, our boys traveled up to San Luis Obispo to compete, in an always tough, Laguna Tournament. The outcome Coach Salinas was expecting was, “I was hoping that every game, we got better. The biggest reason for us, was to just help us with our confidence, and to give us court time before our season starts.”

 The boys, only having two weeks of practice, took on a very tough Los Osos team in the first round of the tournament. Our boys fought hard and defeated them 39-34, with Zak Taylor leading the squad with 13 points, and Jacob Galloway contributed 11. Coach Salinas was very happy with how everyone played and how the team shot a career high 9 for 16 on free-throws. Mason Gonzalez was very happy with teams’ performance and said, ”I think we played very well as a team, and shot free-throws very well.”

In the second round, the boys played against a very strong Judkins team, who would eventually go on to win the tournament. Our boys played well the whole game, but fell short 30-21. Chef Mortensen and Zack No Fear Guerrero led the team with 6 points each. Kai Karamitsos said, “Even though we lost, I think we still played excellent defense.” Coach Salinas was very proud of the teams’ overall performance.

In the last game of the tournament, our Mustangs played a very tall Mission team. The boys fought their hardest but lost 61-38. Zack Guerrero led the squad with 12 while Zak Taylor contributed 6 points. Coach Salinas was very happy with the teams’ effort. Reid Alford stated, “We played alright.”

“Overall, I was really happy with our performance,” Coach Salinas stated. “It’s a tough tournament because the teams we play have been playing together since September, and we’ve only been practicing for two weeks. So, with that in mind, I think the kids did really well,” exclaimed Salinas on the performance of the tournament.

When asked if this was a good start to the season, Coach Salinas announced, “Yeah, for sure, yeah. It gives us more time for the kids to start working together. Just precious court time. When you practice against each other, it’s totally different when you actually play against other teams. So, from that standpoint, its invaluable.”

Great job guys! Good luck on the rest of the season!

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