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San Diego Previews: Mesa League Preview--(Dec. 5, 2003)

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2003-2004 Season


This year, as in years past, our San Diego Previews are brought to you courtesy of the San Diego Basketball Coaches' Association.   Much of the material which follows in this and other related articles will have already found its way to various newspapers in San Diego, including the SD Union Tribune.   We haven't checked the papers, and even if they do publish some of this stuff, the info will likely be formatted differently....but that's beside the point.  We want to pass the info along, in a semi-timely fashion, so we're not going to procrastinate any longer. And before you ask, we can't exactly explain who the SDBCA really is, or who had input into putting this stuff together.  Just know this:  We didn't do it, so if you disagree or think this stuff is just too wacky, well, blame them, not us.  And if it happens to be an accurate prediction of how the season turns out, then of course, we're going to take all the credit.

Here's the San Diego Mesa League Preview, team by team, in the order of predicted finish:.

Mesa League

1) Eastlake (Division 1, Chula Vista)

Head Coach: Alex Estrada (5th Year)
Last year’s record: 19 – 8 (9 – 4, tied for 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Craig Jackson (Sr, 5’10"), Jesse Hamilton (Sr, 6’08"), Justin Omalev (Sr, 5’09")
Losses to overcome: Keith Spencer (Humboldt State)
Summary: A solid senior class returns for the Titans, but Spencer will be missed. Jackson is a top guard who will be hard to stop, and Hamilton continues to improve. Should be the class of the South Bay.

2) Chula Vista (Division 1, Chula Vista)

Head Coach: Garrard Galvan (2nd Year)
Last year’s record: 17 – 11 (9 – 4, tied for 1st)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Nathan Flowers (Sr, 6’04"), Demetrio Brown (Jr, 6’02"), Andrew Singleton (Jr, 5’09")
Losses to overcome: Mark Burns (graduation), Kevin Davies (graduation)
Summary: Flowers and Brown are solid players in the frontcourt, but Burns’ leadership and offensive abilities on the perimeter will be missed. Could still give Eastlake a battle for the league title.

3) Bonita Vista (Division 1, Chula Vista)

Head Coach: Bob Bobuk (3rd Year)
Last year’s record: 13 – 14 (7 – 6, tied for 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: Lost in 1st Round.
Key players: Andy Castiglione (Sr, 6’01"), Phil Zimmerman (Sr, 6’00"), Sergio Paz (So, 6’02"), Sean Marlota (Sr, 6’04")
Losses to overcome: Dwight Gooding (graduation), Branden Brooks (graduation)
Summary: Gooding’s graduation is devastating for the Barons who lack star power. A group of solid role players will have to mesh well in order to compete in league.

4) Sweetwater (Division 1, National City)

Head Coach: David Ybarra (20th Year)
Last year’s record: 13 – 14 (7 – 6, tied for 3rd)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Andy Silveyra (Jr, 6’03"), Ray Silveyra (Jr, 6’03"), Reggie Sanchez (Jr, 5’09")
Losses to overcome: Louie Trujillo (graduation), Jordan Rosure (graduation), Tommy Wong (graduation)
Summary: Trujillo and Rosure formed a dynamic backcourt that will be hard to replace. It will take some time to make up for lack of experience. Perimeter play is loaded with question marks.

5) Montgomery (Division 1, Chula Vista)

Head Coach: George Anderson (14th Year)
Last year’s record: 8 – 18 (3 – 10, 5th)
Last year’s playoffs: None
Key players: Robert Whaley (Sr, 5’10")
Losses to overcome: Bobby Wofford (graduation)
Summary: Whaley is a solid player, but will need help to make the Aztecs respectable. Severe lack of size will be hard to overcome for this pesky group.

Player of the Year: Craig Jackson (Eastlake)

All-Mesa League:
Demetrio Brown (Chula Vista)
Nathan Flowers (Chula Vista)
Jesse Hamilton (Eastlake)
Craig Jackson (Eastlake)
Robert Whaley (Montgomery)

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