MORAGA — When the Campolindo Excessive College boys trailed at house by 16 factors in opposition to School Park late within the first half Thursday evening, it was simple to chalk up the deficit to inexperience. Campo’s beginning lineup included two freshmen and a sophomore.
So even when the Cougars scored the ultimate six factors of the quarter to chop the hole to 42-32 at halftime, School Park appeared secure.
However these diaper dandies from Moraga play with just a little extra polish and poise than their ages counsel. Freshman Aidan Mahaney led all scorers with 26 factors, fellow freshman Matt Radell contributed six extra, and sophomores Max Weaver and Emmanuel Callas mixed for 13 as Campolindo beat School Park 71-67 in a Diablo Athletic League Diablo Division recreation.
Mahaney’s older brother Carter, a junior, added 15 factors for the Bay Space Information Group’s 10th-ranked Cougars, who improved to 11-Four total and 2-Zero in league play with a go to to Miramonte on the schedule Friday evening.
It’s arduous to not be impressed with this younger Campolindo crew and its coach Steven Dyer, who’s all of 30 years outdated. This can be a crew that exudes confidence and perhaps even just a little little bit of vanity.
Have been the Cougars involved once they trailed School Park (12-3, 1-1), which is ranked 18th within the BANG to 25?
“Because of this we play a very arduous non-league schedule,” Dyer stated. “To not be fazed after we get behind.”
Campolindo has blended it up with groups reminiscent of James Logan, Monte Vista, St. Mary’s-Stockton, San Leandro and Modesto Christian. Three of the Cougars’ 4 defeats are by a mixed 14 factors. The lone blowout defeat was by 13 factors to Weston Ranch-Stockton.
Campolindo’s comeback in opposition to School Park began quietly sufficient. Down 42-26, Carter Mahaney sank two free throws whereas Aidan Mahaney and Weaver hit buckets.
Campo outscored School Park 19-10 within the third interval, trimming the result in 52-51 heading to the ultimate eight minutes. Aidan Mahaney put the Cougars forward to remain at 55-53 early within the fourth.
“Aidan is a big-time participant,” Dyer stated. “He’s assured and believes he can play with anyone.”
He’s listed as being 6-foot-2, however which may not matter with the best way be can shoot. Dyer was requested if his freshman is a school prospect.
“I feel he’s a school prospect,” Dyer stated. “I feel Carter is a school prospect, too.”
Aidan has a couple of years earlier than he has to fret about school. However he’s already skilled with former De La Salle star Justin Joyner, now an assistant at Saint Mary’s school.
Requested what it’s wish to be a freshman on the varsity, Mahaney stated, “I imply, it’s actually cool. Particularly with my brother Carter on the crew.”
Carter Mahaney had what was a median evening for him, scoring 15 factors. That was his scoring common coming in.
Extra importantly, he performed good protection in opposition to School Park’s 6-Three senior Zyon Pullin. Dyer charges Pullin as School Park’s greatest participant. Pullin and Dennis Pornazanov every scored 17 for the Falcons. Thomas Romo added 14 factors.
Dyer was requested if he had any apprehension earlier than the season about preserving three sophomores and two freshman on the varsity. There are additionally three juniors on the 12-man squad.
“The younger guys are proficient, however they’re additionally good teammates,” Dyer stated. “The older guys respect them as a result of they’re good teammates and work arduous.”
The basketball future at Campolindo appears very shiny.