Some may think I went out on a limb a bit by picking Granada to win the EBAL, but what can I say? Anyone who’s followed girls basketball knows exactly what Matadors coach Casey Rush is capable of doing to a program. When he was at Acalanes, the Dons were one of the toughest teams in the DFAL as well as a constant threat in the NCS playoffs–neither of which is an easy task. And already, it looks like he’s transformed the Granada program. The Matadors won their first seven games of the season and tested their mettle at the NIKE TOC for the first time. That alone should help Granada battle for the league title.
That’s not to say Amador Valley won’t give the Matadors a challenge. Sure, the Dons got off to a rocky start, but no one around the EBAL is writing them off. When asked about Amador Valley, most of the EBAL coaches had the same response: Amador is Amador. Meaning, they’re always a threat. Perhaps it’s fitting that Amador Valley and Granada square off Wednesday. Talk about a barometer game!
Also, from what I hear Foothill, should be pretty strong (and tall!) this year. The Falcons haven’t played the toughest nonleague schedule but they’ve been successful and that should help with the confidence factor. Mike Furlong is in his first year, so it will be interesting to see what Foothill does. Look for Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley to mix it up as well.
As usual, it should be a fun race.