Friday night, be there. The Mariners varsity Boys Basketball team will be heading into the playoffs as one of the two favorites for CIF Division V title.
The Mar Vista Mariners carry an 18-10 record and earned the No. 2 seed in the CIF Division V playoffs. This is something the team can be proud of; the Mariners had their first winning season and winning record in league in over 10 years.
The Mariners have been led by senior captain Gabe Schiazza a 6-foot-2 inch senior, who is deciding on attending either Oxnard JC or Cuyamaca JC for basketball. Schiazza, one of the team captains, is the leading scorer for the Mariners with an average of 15.1 points per game.
“Gabe is the second leading rebounder at 7.6 rebounds per game, second only to the injured 6 foot 5 inch sophomore Josh Dupree,” said head coach Reed Scott. “Dupree’s injury has been a huge loss, as he was the team’s best rebounder and interior defender. Dupree ended up averaging 9 points per game and 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Courtland Camper III has been able to replace some of Dupree’s scoring at 12.5 and 6.1 rebounds per game, but is playing out of position having to play inside. Junior Anthony Gass, at 5 feet 10 inches, has provided quality depth and is one of the best defenders in the ball club. Gass averaging 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds a game.”
Scott continued, “The backcourt features two freshman and two seniors. Five-foot-7 freshman Josiah Scott has had a huge first season and if it wasn’t for freshman phenom Mikey Williams at San Ysidro he would be receiving a lot more notoriety in the South Bay. Scott is averaging 14.0 points 4.1 rebounds 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game on the year. His backcourt mate, Jeffery Temcho has had just as a big an impact averaging 11.1 points 3.5 rebounds 3.3 assists and 2.9 steals per game on the year. Seniors Dylan Wolfe and Pete Flores have been a steadying presence on the floor for the team.”
Wolfe ended the year averaging 8.2 points 3.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game on the year. Flores contributed 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds.
With the No. 2 seed in CIF Division V playoffs, Mar Vista earned a bye in the first round. With the second round, or quarterfinals, the Boys will take on the No. 7 seed High Tech High Chula Vista Bruins, winners of their first round bracket, on Friday, Feb. 21 at home at 7 p.m. If the Mariners should win that game, they would move on to the semi-finals, playing the winner of the Calvin Christian and Holtville bracket. That game would take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., also at Mar Vista, who would be the higher seed.
This is an exciting time for Mariner Basketball. Please come out and support the team, Friday night, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at their home court, 505 Elm Avenue.