CHS Senior Ben Lee ...

Senior Ben Lee brings the ball down the baseline during Islander hoops action last week.

A cross-town rivalry is always a good time. Well, not quite cross-town, more like down the freeway?

So when The Coronado High School boy’s basketball team hosted Mar Vista High School, the energy in the gym was perhaps just a touch higher than it usually is.

For both teams there was quite a bit to play for. For Mar Vista, they were looking to not only take down the Islanders but also continue their hot start to the 2022 season and improve to 6-1.

While for the Islanders, a win would mark their fifth straight and show that they are that much further removed from their 0-3 start to the season.

So who came out on top? The Coronado Islanders as they bounced the Mariners by a final score of 74-49. A near 30-point victory and yet another statement for the Islanders team.

Usually when you see almost 80 points on the scoreboard, you want to talk offense; but we need to talk about the Islander’s defense first and foremost. Coronado held the Mariners to under 20 points in the first half. That is not a typo. Coronado controlled the paint exceptionally well and limited any chances for offensive rebounds or second-chance opportunities. It was a masterclass in defense.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Islanders got several massive contributions but perhaps the most impressive on the night was from Nolan Reuter. The big man had a night as he recorded a double-double dropping 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and four steals. He’s been a Jack of all trades this season, and last Thursday’s performance was another showcase of his talent.

The Robin to Reuter’s Batman on the night would have to be Mateo Villanueva as he would be a walking bucket himself, dropping 13 points, nabbing eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Other big sparks would come from Tekur Velazquez, as the point guard would drop 16 points, seven rebounds, six steals, and two assists. Ben Lee would also be up to his usual scoring as he netted seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals on the night.

The 74-49 victory was imposing for Coronado. It again showed how dangerous this team could be when executing and playing their game.

With their record now at 5-3 and still riding an impressive five-game winning streak, the Islanders will return to action this week with a home non-conference game vs. High Tech SD (San Diego, CA) on Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Followed by a home non-conference game vs. Tri-City Christian (Vista, CA) on Saturday, December 17 at 4 p.m.

VOL. 112, NO. 50 - Dec. 14, 2022

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