Morro Bay Boys Basketball finished their season with a busy week containing three games (February 8th,10th and 11th) at Pioneer Valley, Santa Maria and Morro Bay. Morro Bay lost their first 2 games 53-28 and 66-59, but ended the season off with a win against Orcutt 45-32.
This completes the Boys Basketball season as they end the league with a 5-5 record. Morro Bay’s best game offensively this year was their win against Orcutt (66-61), and their best game defensively was a win against Templeton (59-40). The Boy’s best scorer was Christian Merrill, who averaged around 14.5 points per game. Morro Bay Varsity also led the league in least amount of points against us, as their defense was exceptional this season.
Although MBHS finished 50%, they improved throughout the season on both sides of the court along with team play and sportsmanship. Coach Fechner had this to say, “I think the biggest improvement was better team play and ball control. With the use of our 2-3 defense and energy off the bench, our team was the best defensively in the league.” Senior Wayland Strong-Lee returned this year after a break and played a huge role in the veteran aspect. He stated, “Crazy how time flies, this season was super fun to play and I was glad to share time on the court with my other senior teammates.” Lastly, Junior Wes Luther who will be playing next year, said “Overall the season was a struggle to begin with, new chemistry and mobility on the court definitely excelled by the end of the season.”
Morro Bay High School’s basketball team will have drastic changes in next year’s team. Losing six key players with seniors being half of the team. From the season the Pirates had this year it can only be positive going forward into next season with new chemistry bonding and new players for the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Coach Tyler Fechner has summer ball coming up along with pre-season. This way the players are getting more time on the court, and new players will be introduced before the season actually starts.
Although half the team consists of seniors who will be leaving, Juniors Alfredo Castillo, Laettner Goron, Wes Luther and Ellis Turner will be returning, along with sophomore Justin Cambell and Freshman Jake Falat. Sophomore Justin Cambell has this to say about the upcoming year, “I think next year will be a lot of fun because we all have some experience going forward and the hype will definitely be there.” With a lot of hours on the court, and always fresh players from younger grades, Morro Bay Basketball is something to look forward to next year, after a great season this year.