Since surrendering 79 points in the season-opening loss to Merritt, the Foothill College men’s basketball team has gone on the defensive.
“That woke us up,” coach Shanan Rosenberg said. “We’ve been really good defensively since then.”
How good? The Owls haven’t allowed more than 57 points in the nine games that have followed. It’s no coincidence that they’ve won eight of them.
“We’re playing well,” said Rosenberg, a St. Francis High graduate. “We’ve got a great team.”
A team ranked fourth in Northern California and eighth in the state. The Owls have won two tournaments, including their own. Foothill went 4-0 in the Quinn Henry Memorial Tournament, topping Delta 69-57 in overtime in the Dec. 9 final.
Shooting guard Daryl Wong was voted tourney MVP, scoring 22 points in the title game. The sophomore buried back-to-back-to-back 3s in overtime.
“He’s been our best player,” Rosenberg said of the Mills High graduate. “He’s been terrific.”
Wong, one of only four returning players on the squad, averages nearly 16 points per game.
The Owls have also received solid play from three freshmen out of the West Catholic Athletic League: forward Stephen Grosey (Serra High), point guard Jack Biebel (Mitty) and shooting guard Gavin Reilly (Bellarmine).
“They’ve contributed a lot to this team,” Rosenberg said.
The coach also praised a pair of sophomores – guard Ryan Cali (Harker) and forward Brendan Carroll (St. Lawrence). The 5-foot-10 Cali secured a crucial rebound at the end of regulation against Delta.
Foothill is scheduled to visit Cabrillo 7 p.m. Friday,
“We hope for a strong rest of the month as we head into conference (play),” Rosenberg said.