Buena survived scare at Rincon to improve to 10-0 on the year

Cyrus Thomas was challenged at the rim on this shot but finished with 12 points. (Andy Morales/


Buena survived a scare Monday night to improve to 10-0 on the year. Rincon/University (3-9) led 18-13 after the first quarter and only trailed 49-47 with 3:38 left in the game but the Colts pulled together down the stretch to avoid the upset, winning 62-53.

“We are way better than we were last year,” said sophomore guard Kino Bellinger. “I think it all started over the summer when we started to work together rather than as individuals.”

Bellinger leads the team with almost 14 points a game and he is part of a young core of sophomores and juniors with senior David Featherstone in the mix. The group is still a couple of games behind the 2011-12 squad that started out 12-0, but 10 wins in a row to open up the season has caused other teams to take notice….


The Buena defense came up big in the final moments.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Contact Andy Morales at




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