As the Buena Boy’s basketball team shoots into their new season, seniors Luke Edwards and Manny Carrillo set their goals for their final season of high school basketball. The two have their sights set on winning the Pacific View League. That will take some grit and hard work for that happen. But the two boys are willing to do anything to finish their senior year a champion. In fact, the one thing that motivates them to play every day is that it’s their senior season. They both are looking forward to beating Ventura. While the Ventura game is a while out, they have business to take care of first.
They opened their season with Santa Barbara, losing 43-59. Despite the loss, Edwards was one rebound away from a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Carrillo had 11 points. They followed with Royal and lost 41-62. Austin Schleicher had 12 points and 4 assists. When asked what challenges his team faced, head coach Matthew Colton responded, “We need to continue to be a team and play as a team.”
The Bulldogs looked to get in the win column against Malibu in the first game of the Nordoff tournament. That is what they did as they played a great game and dominated to win the game 63-21. Edwards dropped 24 points and Schleicher flirted with a triple-double but he finished just short with 9 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds. In their second game of the tournament, Buena beat Rio Mesa 77-54. Darin Cole and Schliecher both scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs.
When asked what motivates him to coach every day, Colton responded, “making young men better.” Buena then faced CATE in their third game of the tournament and won 51-42. Schliecher had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. They then looked ahead to the championship game of the tournament versus Cabrillo. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs lost by 4 points in a close game. Carrillo lead the Bulldogs in points with 16.
Despite the loss, Coach Colton stood by his goals for the team, “Our goal is to win games, beat Ventura and win the league.” The Bulldogs will have their chance to beat Ventura on January 17th and February 5th. When asked how does being an athlete make you a better person, Edwards answered, “your work ethic.” To the same question, Carrillo responded, “you learn valuable lessons you sometimes don’t get in life.” After high school, both Edwards and Carillo are planning on attending college, but this year will be their last playing basketball.