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Islander Boys Basketball Team Claims 2020 City League Championship

Head Coach JD Laaperi | Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:17 pm

“Tuesday, Feb. 4, we traveled to University City to start our second round through league play. University City (UC) started the game hitting six threes in the first quarter en route to a 24-17 lead. UC would increase that lead to 38-27 at half. Both teams traded scoring runs in the third quarter and ultimately the lead was still 11 going into the final frame.

“The bright spot was that UC picked up seven fouls in the quarter which meant we were shooting bonus free throws the rest of the way. We traded baskets with UC for the first two minutes, then our scoring picked up tremendously while getting key stops on defense. With two minutes to go Wayne McKinney III hit a 3 to pull us within two points and after a Kieran Ashley block, Mike Cunningham hit a 25 footer to give us our first lead of the game. A couple more stops and layups by McKinney and Ashley gave us a five point cushion. UC hit a three at the buzzer to make the final score 74-72. It was a signature win for us coming back from what looked like a night that wasn’t going to go our way. Scoring 30 points in an eight minute high school quarter is quite a feat.

“Perhaps burying the lead, Wayne McKinney III broke the school record for points in a game scoring 44 points. He also had six assists and five rebounds. Mike Cunningham chipped in with 13 points; 9 in the fourth quarter. Dane Hansen and Kieran Ashley provided valuable minutes inside filling in for an under-the-weather Jack Westphal.

“Friday night, Feb. 7, we hosted Hoover High School for senior night. We celebrated the high school basketball careers of Donovan Campbell, Mike Cunningham, Jake Hacker, Dane Hansen, Jack Westphal, Ryan Hoyt, David Roberts and Henry Spoor and all that they have meant to the program.

“Hoover kept the game close early with some timely shots but the night would belong to Wayne McKinney, Kieran Ashley and some strong second half defense. McKinney put together a stat sheet unlike any I’ve seen in my time at Coronado High School. He finished the game scoring 46 points on 17 of 20 shooting and 9 for 10 from the free throw line. He also had four assists, nine rebounds and three steals. So in breaking his own school record set only three days prior, McKinney finished the week with 90 points in two games. Ashley, who got the start at center as our team continues to fight the illness bug, had a breakout performance compiling a double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kieran is just scratching the surface of how good he is going to be over the next two years. 

“The win over Hoover coupled with a Patrick Henry loss means Coronado is the City League champions for 2020. We still have two games to play but a three game lead in league wraps up that goal. Our next goal is to secure home court advantage in the playoffs and right now we are sitting in the second spot only .4 of a point behind #1 San Ysidro. 

“This week we will travel to Mira Mesa on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game and then close out our regular season on Thursday when we host Patrick Henry at 730 p.m.”