The Islanders Men’s Basketball team returned to the hardwood this past Thursday night for their first game, and home opener, of the 2021 season.
The Islanders welcomed in the Cougars of Steele Canyon, in what would be a good early test for the Islanders to start their season.
The first half was a bit of a struggle for the Islanders offensively as they managed just 10 points in the first half thanks to a number of three balls for Ben Lee and Tekur Velazquez.
But while the Islanders tried to find their shots in the first half, the same could not be said for their defense.
The Islanders did a great job of generating steals with their aggressive defensive style of play. Whether it was Velazquez, Kieran Ashley, or Darren Hopkins it felt as if the Islanders were generating a turnover every other time Steel Canyon came down the floor.
Because of this strong defensive show, the Islanders were able to keep it just a nine-point game at the half as they trailed 19-10 at the break.
When the Islanders would return to the floor in the second half, it appeared they brought their jumpers with them as they would go on an impressive 17-8 run thanks would be spearheaded by down low scoring from Ashley, and a continuous barrage from beyond the arc by Lee and Velazquez.
The third-quarter run would tie the game at 27-27 with two minutes to go in the 3rd. However, eventually, the Steel Canyon offense would come back to life in the 4th as they would extend their lead back to 10 points as they lead 40-30 with five minutes to play in the fourth.
But the Islanders would not quietly. The Islanders would go on a 6-0 run thanks to a steal and score by Sam Dulin and yet another three-pointer by Ben Lee to make it a 36-40 game with 3:01 left to play.
Unfortunately, the Islanders were unable to close the gap any further as they would fall 44-46.
The Islanders will look to bounce back when they return to action on Nov. 30 vs. Mt. Carmel here in Coronado at 7:00 p.m.