From Staff Reports: None of the players on this 2017-18 Muir basketball team will accept it right now, but in time, when they look back on this season, they will take pride in their raising of the bar for the school and the program. The Mustangs won more games (24) than any Muir team in […]
From Staff Reports:
None of the players on this 2017-18 Muir basketball team will accept it right now, but in time, when they look back on this season, they will take pride in their raising of the bar for the school and the program.
The Mustangs won more games (24) than any Muir team in nearly two decades and they earned four postseason victories.
Muir made a CIF-SS Division 2A semifinal run and fell just shy to the same San Marcos (Santa Barbara) team that easily won the championship one week later at APU.
After 12 days off, Muir showed what they were made of by defeating San Marcos of San Diego, 58-54, in the CIF State Division 2 playoffs on Wednesday night.
That brings us to Saturday night.
Muir traveled to top-seeded Brentwood and narrowly led after the first and second quarters.
In the second half, though, Brentwood’s offense came to life and their better than 2-to-1 advantage in fouls called (against Muir) helped the Eagles outlast the Mustangs, 72-61.
Hunter Woods paced the Mustangs as the star senior has all year.
Woods finished off his prep career with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Tiyon Martin had a big game with 15 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot.
Braelee Albert led Brentwood with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Sam Clareman added 17 points.
Haleem Jenkins chipped in 12 points and 3 boards.
JR Olofson contributed 16 points for the Eagles, and Charley Wadler had 11 points.
Simaine Stewart Junior finished with 8 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
Tasson Aubry, who has been playing through an injury, added 7 points, 3 rebounds and an assist.
As mentioned above, the senior class of 2018 will be celebrated for a long time to come.
They will be a team that Muir coach Simaine Stewart can point back to for years to come, as a group who just figured it out.
They came together and decided that pulling in the same direction was a way, along with their tireless work ethic, of reaching an elite level.
Muir’s players and coaches built lifelong bonds through a shared love of basketball, and they learned to love and support one another in a way that would make any program proud.
Lastly, the parents and families of these young men should be incredibly proud of their success, but far more so that their boys represented their program, their school and families with pride, class and dignity.
Muir (24-9); Brentwood (26-7)