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Coronado Boys Basketball Team Wins Two Of Three Games Played Last Week

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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 12:54 pm

The Islander Boys Basketball Team coached by JD Laaperi is also playing a challenging schedule of games at the outset of their season. Currently they have a record of 2-3, including losses to Poway and Mt. Carmel two weeks ago. Last week the Islanders played all three of their games at home starting with a loss to Orange Glen, followed by victories over Serra and Mar Vista.

Taking last week’s games in order, the Islanders lost to Orange Glen 55-52. Laaperi said of the contest, “It was a case of us playing chase all night long. They went up 10 in the first quarter, and we cut it to four. In the second quarter they got out to a 12-point lead and we cut it to five. In the third quarter they were up eight or 10 points, and we started the fourth quarter down eight points again. With two minutes to go, it was a one possession game. We gave ourselves chances all night long. The ongoing narrative is we couldn’t get the basket to tie it up and then get us over the hump. Offensively, we struggled mightily, and Wayne McKinney scored only 11 points. Orange Glen sent an extra defender against him, and the finishes at the basket he had Wednesday and Friday nights weren’t there Monday. And we weren’t hitting our three-pointers. Defensively we did a better job. Orange Glen put up 70 points against Carlsbad and hit 16 threes. If we played them 10 times, I think we would split the series down the middle.”

Things picked up Wednesday evening when the Islanders hosted yet another good team, this time from Serra. The Conquistadores accomplished something I have never seen in a high school game before, they were a perfect 21-21 from the free throw line. Conversely, Coronado was just 4-16. The difference was McKinney, who had a superb game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot. McKinney finished at the rim, hit four three-pointers, ran the Islander offense and made his teammates better in the process. Mike Cunningham contributed 19 points and four assists; Donovan Campbell scored six points to go with three assists; Jack Westphal had five points, six rebounds and a blocked shot; Jake Hacker scored three points, grabbed five rebounds to go with one assists, one steal and a blocked shot; Ryan Hoyt scored four points; David Roberts scored two points to go with two boards; Nolan Reuter contributing one point, two assists and a steal; and Luke Chisholm added a basket, three rebounds, and a steal. The final score was Coronado 75, Serra 67.

Laaperi said, “Mike Cunningham came in the gym Thursday and said, ‘It’s so much fun playing in front of the crowd on that side of the floor.’ Wayne’s great first half against Serra opened up shots for others. He’s really starting to put his stamp on the team. Guys are buying in and accepting their roles. The last two games we’ve started to come together.”

Friday evening, Mar Vista came to town and McKinney laid a 33-point, 11-rebound, five-assist game on the Mariners, with 22 of those points coming in the first half. McKinney’s scoring barrage helped Coronado set off on a 17-4 run to start the game. Laaperi added, “Most of Wayne’s points came on driving layups, and our guys were hitting their shots. Our freshman Nolan Reuter scored 10 points and proved that varsity basketball isn’t too big for him. He handles the pressure well and his sense of the game and his shot are right where they need to be. Cunningham added 10 points and we were up 41-18 at the half. We got out to a little more of a lead in the third quarter and we played some guys for extended minutes in the fourth. Basically it was the Nolan Show in the fourth quarter. On one play he took a Euro step at the free throw line, but through three Mar Vista defenders and hit a scooping spin shot off the backboard that got the entire bench up.”

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