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Mariner Boys Basketball On Track For Winning Season

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 1:33 pm

Your hometown Mariners varsity boys basketball team currently stands 8-6 on the season and 2-2 in league play, despite a very challenging early season schedule. They are on track to have its first winning season in 10 years at this midway point in the season.

The new coaching staff, led by first year head coach Scott Reed, is building on the solid foundation built by local resident coach Josh Hill. “Hill was instrumental in building the great attitude and camaraderie that the program has,” said Reed.

Reed continued, “The team has raised its points per game average from 40.4 last year to averaging over 66.4 at the halfway point in the year. One thing I am most proud of is that all three levels of the program carry an average GPA of 3.3 - definitely exceeding the teams’ 3.0 goal.”

The team’s second leading scorer is senior forward and captain Gabe Schiazza who averages 14.1 points per game and is second in rebounding with 8.1 per game. “Two other seniors, guard Dylan Wolfe and the other team captain and guard Pete Flores along with Schiazza are truly the backbone of the team and provide leadership for the younger players,” said Reed.

Schiazza is getting very close to eclipsing the 500 point mark and has scored 443 points and grabbed 259 rebounds in his three year career. Wolfe is not far behind with 346 points and is a great assist man accumulating 108 assists in his three years on the varsity. Flores is a steady calming presence and is a valuable three point shooter and has scored 320 points in his three years in the program.

Wolfe, Flores and Schiazza not only lead on the floor but also in the classroom, as Wolfe and Flores have a 4.0 GPAs and are followed closely by Schiazza with a 3.6.

Two freshman phenoms Josiah Scott and Jeffrey Temcho have burst onto the scene giving the team incredible backcourt play. Scott is leading the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game, and based on the stats available, is scoring at a higher clip than any freshman in the school’s history. Temcho is just behind him averaging 11.2. “Both are very versatile and are an incredible combo in the backcourt,” said Reed. “Scott is the 12th leading freshman scorer and fifth in assists at 4.0 per game in the state of California and Temcho is the third leading steals person in the state among freshman averaging 2.8 steals per game.”

The Mariners were very fortunate to receive two big time talents in sophomore transfers, forward Josh Dupree and guard Courtland Camper III. “Dupree is the defensive anchor for the ball club using his 6-5 frame to lead the team in rebounding at over 9 per game and 2 blocked shots per game,” said Reed. “Camper had two sit outs in the first 11 games due to transfer rules but is acclimating well and is currently third on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. He gives the team an athleticism on the perimeter that the Mariners were missing in the early season. Juniors Anthony Gass and football star Pablo Malave give the Mariners excellent depth. Gass is an excellent perimeter defender and Malave gives the team toughness and rebounding with his sturdy 6-1 235 pound frame.”

The Junior Varsity is also having a great deal of success and are 8-4 on the young season and 3-1 in league play. They are led in scoring by junior Corey Vinson, averaging 17.1 points per game and sophomore Justin Linsdau at 16.0 points per game. Patrick Curran, a very talented junior who has been plagued by an injury and the flu bug, is back at 100 percent and is averaging 10.0 points per game. Centers Steven Studdard, a 6-2 junior who is also a standout cross country runner, and Raul Gonzalez, a 6-4 sophomore, give the JV Mariners an intimidating presence in the post. Studdard is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game and Gonzalez 6.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Levi Wold is the floor general for the JV and leading them in assists at almost three assists per game. Junior Caleb O’Neil gives the team leadership and quality depth. Sophomores A’Marion Jones and Ross Scharping bring toughness and grit, both always diving on the floor and bringing energy to the ballclub. Coach Alton Colter said he was so proud of how the team has jelled and become a cohesive and close knit group so early in the season. Colter, an ’83 grad of Mar Vista, said he has been awaiting for the opportunity to coach at his alma mater for over 25 years and is so excited about the future of the program.

The freshman team is 6-8, but 3-1 in league in the South Bay on the year, but has played the toughest schedule of any of the three levels at Mar Vista. They are playing in the always tough Madison league and have Cathedral Catholic, Morse, and Saint Augustine’s in their league to mention a few of the teams. They are led in scoring by De’Vante Montgomery, a smooth shooting perimeter player. Two-sport standouts Maika Vea and Gabriel Anaya provide a toughness on the interior and both have a bright future; Anaya recently had a 20 rebound game versus Chula Vista. Bryce Wenger is the floor general and D.J. Hendrick and Benjamin Valdez bring outside shooting and a strong presence on the defensive end. Nathaniel Lucas and Anthony Castro are two more quality players for the squad. Castro recently came off the bench for a team high 14 points versus Castle Park.

Each boys basketball team works really hard in practice to give their all on the courts at game time. The community is welcome to come to the games.

“[We’re hoping the community can] come out and support the hometown team,” said Reed. “We have a huge rivalry game on Friday, Jan. 17, at home versus Southwest, starting at 6 p.m. We hope to have the gym packed.”

Also there will be a half-time feature during the varsity rivalry game. There will be a 10 minute game featuring Mar Vista Academy versus Imperial Beach Charter middle schools.

Reed closed with, “The Mariners are a very fun team to watch; they play at a fast pace and have a tremendous bond with one another. The teams two mantras for the Mariners are ‘all in’ and ‘serve your heart, not your talent.’”

Basketball, with heart, is alive and well in the South Bay. Go Mariners!

The remaining home schedule for the varsity team: Jan. 15 vs. Chula Vista Learning Community Charter; Jan. 17 vs. Southwest San Diego; Jan. 24 vs. Chula Vista; Jan. 29 vs. Sweetwater; Feb. 3 vs. Calvin Christian; Feb. 5 vs. Castle Park; Feb. 7 vs. Del Lago Academy; Feb. 12 vs. Hilltop. All games begin at 6 p.m.

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