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Cover Story - March 27, 2009

3 points of separation

Mustangs boys basketball squad just miss out on state bid

by Geoff Gillette

It was a good year for basketball at Monte Vista High School. Not only did the girl's team make it all the way to the State Finals, but the boy's team missed joining them in a double-bill at the Arco Arena by only 3 points.

After an exciting season going 28-3, Coach Bill Powers' Mustang squad won its first ever North Coast Section Championship.

"This was a legacy team," Powers said. "No team's won more games than this team. This was our second sectional championship in three years. There were a lot of exciting positive things this year."

Powers said at the beginning of the season the team showed that it had some strong players, but it wasn't until after its sectional quarterfinals game against Castro Valley that the team really seemed to come to life.

"Brian Barbour hit a shot to send it into overtime. If he hadn't hit that shot we would have been done. It seemed like after that shot our play went to another whole level," Powers explained.

That energized play led the Mustangs into its first Nor Cal Championship and on to the Division I semifinals against McClymonds. Powers characterized the game as "a good high school basketball game," hard fought and filled with solid play.

He said that the Macks' defense proved to be the lynchpin the game revolved around.

"It really boiled down to we turned the ball over too much to beat a good team. They caused us to turn it over in an area where they were able to get easy baskets as a result," said Powers.

McClymonds was able to get ahead and keep the lead, finishing the game with a score of 46-43, ending the Mustangs' season.

Like his counterpart on the girl's basketball team, Powers is facing the loss of his starting five as they are all graduating this year.

"We are returning just a minor percentage of our scoring," he said. "In some ways it's kind of exciting as a coach because certainly it's going to be a challenge to maintain the success we've had over the last five years."