Sunday, January 8th, 2006 at 9:58 am in Prep Sports.
No league is tougher to predict in the EBAL, and that is even more true this season as there are four teams that could finish anywhere between third and sixth. An unbeaten season in the EBAL? Forget about it.
Here’s some more insight on our precicted finish.
Foothill: With just three seniors on the roster, you might as well pencil in the Falcons for first place next season. Picking the Falcons to finish first was pretty much the only easy decision.
Monte Vista: No team played a tougher nonleague schedule, and the Mustangs handled it quite well. Perhaps only FOothill has as much team speed as Monte Vista.
San Ramon Valley: Last year’s unbeaten league champs lost a lot to graduation, but the Wolves are still very talented — especially in their starting five. San Ramon valley isn’t as big or as deep as a season ago, but is no less dangerous on any given night.
Amador Valley: Few teams are better coached, and no team has more size. A strong outside and mid-range shooter who can also drive to the basket, Cardinal Newman transfer Pat Mapes is a perfect complement to the inside scoring of Mike Batty.
California: No team likes to play at the Grizzly Den. That will be the case once again this season, as California has grown into one a very good team. Like all of Cary Willson’s teams, defense will be its calling card. And if a go-to scorer emerges, look out for the Grizzlies.
Granada: This is pretty much the only league that Granada would finish sixth in. A very well-rounded team, the Matadors could very likely contend for a title in the DFAL. But first-year coach Bryan Hahn played in the EBAL, and would have it no other way. "That’s what I like about this league, you’ve got to bring it every night," Hahn said.
Livermore: Still one or two seasons away, the Cowboys are actually on the rise. A talented group of underclassmen will see their lumps this year, but will be more competitive than in previous seasons.
Coach of the year: Randy Isaacs, Foothill
Offensive Player of the Year: Cory Higgins, Monte Vista
MVP: Bryce Alvari, Foothill
First team All-League: Alvari, Higgins, Batty, Ryan Dadrass (Foot), Brandon Adams (SRV).