Basketball team

Tesoro’s men’s basketball team, who will start 12-2, prepare for Tustin Classic

Carson Brown (left) and Blake Manning led Tesoro’s basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Tesoro Basketball).

Tesoro’s boys’ basketball team got off to a 12-2 start and appear to be one of the favorites to claim the title at the Tustin Classic next week.

The Titans, coached by Steve Garrett, will face Tustin, also 12-2 and a team that could also claim the title in the opening game of the 16-team tournament on Monday at 9 a.m.

Eight matches are scheduled for the opening day.

“We’re off to a good start,” said Garrett. “All these guys were in sophomore last year. We received it as a coaching staff and as a team. It’s cool to see their off-season work ethic pay off. The kids on our JV team have improved so I’m very happy for them.

“I hope we can continue to ride. You have to keep improving yourself. We also have a good league. We’re just trying to prepare for the league. Between San Clemente, Capo (Valley), Trabuco (Hills) and Mission (VIejo), it’s a good league.

Junior captains Carson Brown and Blake Manning, both goaltenders, led the Titans. Brown is averaging 20.4 points per game and Manning 12.2 and 5.4 assists per game.

“Blake is leading us with about five and a half assists per game and Carson is leading us at scoring level and both are leading us in controlling the game and their leadership, they both worked, they are on the line this offseason,” Garrett said. .

Three other juniors: 6-7 forward Jake Bennett, 6-5 goaltender Kyle Gleason and 6-3 goaltender Nathan Draper complete the starting five.

“I have 11 guys, I play pretty much everyone,” Garrett said.

Tesoro won their only game this week, beating Laguna Hills 82-39 in the North-South Challenge on Tuesday. Brown scored 22 points, Gleason had 13 points, Manning had nine assists and six points and the team’s only senior, Isaiah Viajar, recorded a high 10 points and played an exceptional defense to take the honors. of the player of the match.

—Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; [email protected]