-- The Coyotes looked to finish their season on a high note
against Southwestern who was one game up on the Coyotes in PCAC
standings. For 30 minutes the Coyotes battled Southwestern.
At half, the Coyotes led 33-32. With nine minutes to play, the
Coyotes trailed 46-48. The last nine minutes the Coyotes took
poor shots and gave up easy baskets to Southwestern. Coyotes
-- The Coyotes traveled to first place Palomar who was trying to
secure a league championship and playoff birth. The Coyotes
six players played loose and together. Trailing 31-33 at half,
the Coyotes had a balanced attack led by Harry Brazelton (24 pts & 7
assists), Manny Hernandez (14 pts & 11 rebs), Christian Hemmingsen
(12 pts, 9 rebs & 5 assists), Deandre Cretain (11 pts) & Keko Moore
(10 pts & 6 assists). In the second half, the Coyotes battled
and took a 53-50 lead with seven minutes to play. Palomar made
a couple of shots and the Coyotes made a couple key turnovers.
Palomar stretched their lead to nine. The Coyotes kept
battling but could not get closer than six points. Coyotes
San Diego Mesa College
-- The Coyotes traveled to SD Mesa to play them for the third
time this season. The Coyotes jumped to a comfortable lead
behind the hot shooting of Harry Brazelton (15 pts).
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, SD Mesa went on a 31-10 run and led
41-31 at the half. In the second half, the Coyotes cut the
lead to seven points and had a 9-1 foul advantage at the 13 minute
mark behind Keko Moore (24 pts), Garrett Larch-Miller (12 pts) &
Manny Hernandez (11 pts & 14 rebs). The Coyotes tried to drive to
the basket to take advantage of their foul situation. For the
first time in the last three games, the Coyotes lack of dept (only 6
healthy players) was evident. The Coyotes trailed by 10 points
with three minutes to play. The Coyotes pressed and SD Mesa
beat the press. Coyotes lose 69-89.
-- The Coyotes hosted Miramar in their last home game of the
season. With only seven active players, the Coyotes would have
to dig deep. These Coyotes not only competed they played a
great game. In the first, the Coyotes once again rode the hot
shooting hand of Garrett Larch-Miller (19 pts) and trailed by three
32-35 at the intermission. This game would be close the entire
second half with neither team leading by more than 5. Manny
Hernandez (8 pts & 6 rebs) & DeAndre Cretain (8 pts) played their
best games of the season and when Harry Brazelton (17 pts) made a
fast break dunk the Coyotes led by three with 3 minutes to play.
Both teams dug in defensively and with Cuyamaca leading 64-62,
Miramar scored on a driving and one to take a 64-65 lead with 25
seconds to play. The Coyotes missed an opportunity to tie or
take the lead on their next possession. After Miramar made one
of two ft's with .5 seconds, the Coyotes desperation last play did
not work. Coyotes lose 64-66. Keko Moore & Christian
Hemmingsen played solid defense in the Coyotes loss.
-- Cuyamaca hosted an athletic San Diego City team. The
Coyotes were able to control the tempo for most of the first
half even though SD City made numerous 3 pt shots (13 3's for
the game). At half, the Coyotes trailed only 30-35 behind
Garrett Larch-Miller (19 pts). In the second half,
Cuyamaca trailed 46-64 with 5 minutes to play. The Coyotes
did not give up and started pressing. While the Coyotes
started stealing the ball with their press, they also started to
make 3 pt shots by Harry Brazelton (17 pts) and drives by Keko
Moore (15 pts). With 30 seconds left, the Coyotes grabbed
a rebound and raced up court trailing only by three points.
Unfortunately a turnover and a missed blocked out on the
subsequent free throw put the lead at four with 4 seconds to
play. The Coyotes would lose 66-70 after a thrilling
comeback. Manny Hernandez (8 pts & 7 rebs) & Christian Hemmingsen
(7 pts & 10 rebs) also chipped in for the Coyotes.
-- The Coyotes traveled to Mira Costa knowing that they would need
to box-out and defend the post. The Coyotes controlled the
tempo throughout the beginning of the first half and trailed by 6
points with seven minutes to play in the first half.
Unfortunately, the rest of the half went horribly for the Coyotes.
While Mira Costa began to dominate on the offensive boards and in
transition, the Coyotes went ice cold from the field. At the
half, the Coyotes trailed 28-48. Game over. The Coyotes
tried to get a run to begin the half but their shooting woes
continued. Cuyamaca loses 56-91. The Coyotes were led by
Keko Moore (17 pts), Harry Brazelton (14 pts) & Garrett Larch-Miller
-- The Coyotes hosted first place Palomar on faculty & staff
appreciation night at Cuyamaca gym. Cuyamaca would have to
control the tempo in order to slow Palomar's fast paced offense.
Furthermore, the Coyotes would have to deal with Palomar's 7'1"
post. For 15 minutes in the first half, the Coyotes did both.
Behind Garrett Larch-Miller (17 pts) & Harry Brazelton (19 pts) the
Coyotes shared the ball on offense and had six players score at
least 4 first half points. On defense, the Coyotes zone
frustrated Palomar at times. At the half, the Coyotes trailed
41-47. In the second half, the Coyotes played solid defense
and really controlled the tempo with their offense. With 8 minutes
to play, Keko Moore (11 pts) scored to cut the deficit to 62-64.
Then everything went bad for the Coyotes. Palomar scored easy
driving baskets and open 3 pt shots while the Coyotes missed open
shots and trailed by 9 with 3 minutes to play as they began to press. The Coyotes were outscored 8-28 down the
stretch losing 75-95.
-- Cuyamaca traveled across El Cajon to Grossmont for a Friday night
contest. The Coyotes would be without their athletic captain
Armon Worrell who is out indefinitely after sustaining a hip injury
against IVC. The Coyotes would need to have players step up in
Worrells absence. For the first 33 minutes of the game, the
Coyotes did. In the first half, the Coyotes clawed back into
the game behind Mike Wnek's (17 pts) three point shooting.
When Harry Brazelton's (13 pts) 3/4 court shot went in as the
halftime buzzer sounded, the Coyotes only trailed by two 24-26.
In the second half, the game went back and forth with the Coyotes
getting valuable production from reserve Adrian Hood (12 pts).
Unfortunately, with the score 42-43 with 7:36 remaining Grossmont
made a deep three while the Coyotes missed a lay-up on the following
possession. The young Coyotes went cold while their defense
allowed their opponent to drive to the basket. Trailing by 12
with 2:30 left, the Coyotes cut the lead to 6 with 30 seconds to
play but could not continue their run as they lost 61-69.
-- The Coyotes hosted Imperial Valley after a week of no games.
The time off allowed the Coyotes to heal some injuries and get back
to basics (shooting, boxing out and playing their help defense).
The Coyotes jumped out to an 8-2 lead. IVC would press & zone
the Coyotes the entire game. The Coyotes were prepared and had
a patient attack against IVC in the first half and led 24-23 at
halftime. In the second half, the Coyotes played their best
defense of the season. The Coyotes held IVC scoreless for the
first 10 minutes of the second half. IVC finally made some
baskets and cut the lead to 33-32. Harry Brazelton found Armon
Worrell (11 pts) on an alleyoop dunk to give the Coyotes a three
point lead. Keko Moore (10 pts) & Christian Hemmingsen (13
pts) made their free throws down the stretch to give the Coyotes a
nine point lead. IVC made three 3 point shots in the last
minute to cut the lead to 51-48 with 10 seconds left in the game.
Garrett Larch-Miller found Hemmingsen deep and the lay-up sealed the
win for the Coyotes - 53-48.
-- The Coyotes hosted Southwestern and started the game with a 15-2
run behind Mike Wnek's (9 pts) three 3 pt shots. With five
minutes to play in the half, the Coyotes led 20-7 by controlling the
tempo and playing solid defense. A late run by Southwestern
that included a 3 pt make at the half time buzzer knotted the game
at 30. In the second half, Southwestern began to pull away
from the Coyotes and led by ten points with 10 minutes to play.
The Coyotes switched to their zone defense and behind Harry
Brazelton (20 pts) & Garrett Larch-Miller (13 pts) the Coyotes cut
the deficit to three points 57-60. Down the stretch the
Coyotes went cold while Southwestern made clutch shots.
Coyotes lose 63-74.
-- The Coyotes traveled to Miramar. At the start, the Coyotes
rode the hot hand of Harry Brazelton (25 pts) to a 14-11 lead.
The next five minutes the Coyotes went cold but still played solid
defense. However, Miramar began to dominate the offensive
boards (23 offensive rebounds) and even though Christian Hemmingsen
(11 pts) made a 3 pt shot at the halftime buzzer, the Coyotes
trailed 36-47. The Coyotes would need to adjust the tempo of
the game in the second half and they did. With 10 minutes to
play, the Coyotes made a run behind Brazelton, Keko Moore (9 pts) &
Adrian Hood (9 pts) to cut the lead to only 8 points. Back to
back three point made shots by Miramar sunk the Coyotes. The
Coyotes kept battling but could not get the lead below double
digits. Coyotes lose 72-85.
-- The Coyotes opened PCAC play hosting SD Mesa. After losing
to Mesa in the Cuyamaca/Southwestern Championship game on Dec. 8,
the Coyotes looked to improve. The Coyotes came out flat while
Mesa made shots and played inspired defense. Trailing by 18 in
the first half, the Coyotes closed the deficit to 29-41 with 5
minutes to play. Mesa went on a late run so the halftime score
was 31-46. The first five minutes of the second half would be
crucial for the Coyotes -- unfortunately it got worse. Poor
shot selection and a passive non rotating defense enabled Mesa to
stretch their lead to 25 points. The Coyotes could not make a
run in the second half. Cuyamaca 53 - SD Mesa 93.
Imperial Valley College
-- In the Consolation Championship game, the Coyotes faced Pasadena.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 38-27 point halftime lead behind their
switching defense and balanced offense (48% FG and only 5
turnovers). The Coyotes knew the game would be decided in the
first 5 minutes of the second half. The Coyotes stretched
their lead to 24 points after Garrett Larch-Miller (7 rebs & 4
assists) found Harry Brazelton (23 pts) on a fast break dunk.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they started turning the ball over
against Pasadena's pressure defense and watched them make jump shots
and lay-ups. With four minutes to play, the Coyotes 24 point
lead had evaporated to only 5 points. The Coyotes settled down
and played solid defense while controlling the ball on offense.
Pasadena cooled off and the Coyotes won 76-69. The Coyotes
were also led by Christian Hemmingsen (12 pts & 10 rebs), Armon
Worrell (11 pts) & Keko Moore (12 pts & 3 assists). Harry
Brazelton made the All-Tournament team for the Coyotes.
Imperial Valley College
-- The Coyotes faced Glendale (AZ) in an elimination game at the IVC
Tournament. The Coyotes would need to extend their defense
against Glendale's sharp shooters and slow the game down with their
set offense. In the first half, the Coyotes played great by
controlling the tempo, rebounding the ball and getting the ball to
their hot shooter Christian Hemmingsen (21 pts, 8 rebs & 4 assists).
At half, the Coyotes led 37-26. In the second half, Glendale
started matching the Coyotes shot for shot. The game was close
the last five minutes and when Keko Moore's (21 pts & 7 rebs) three
point shot at the buzzer missed, the game went to overtime knotted
at 75. With the Coyotes in serious foul trouble, it would be
up to their zone defense to slow Glendale in the extra period.
It did. The Coyotes outscored Glendale 18-8 in OT to secure a
93-83 victory. The Coyotes had three players score 21 points
including Hemmingsen, Harry Brazelton (21 pts, 7 rebs & 6 assists) &
Keko Moore (21 pts & 7 rebs). Besides the three high scorers,
the Coyotes had a balanced attack with Garrett Larch-Miller (11
pts), Mike Wnek (9 pts & 5 rebs), Armon Worrell (5 pts) & Manny
Hernandez (5 pts) all contributing. The Coyotes survive and
play another game in El Centro.
Imperial Valley College
-- The Coyotes began the Imperial Valley Tournament after a ten day
lay-off. They would face Barstow College who they beat by two
points two weeks ago. The Coyotes were sluggish in the first
half but only trailed 27-31 at the half. In the second half,
it got worse for the Coyotes. The Coyotes allowed Barstow to
score easy baskets while on offense the Coyotes to quick ill-advised
shots. The Coyotes cut Barstow's lead to eight points behind
Harry Brazelton (17 pts & 5 rebs) and Keko Moore (13 pts) with ten
minutes to play. However, the Coyotes turned the ball over on
back to back fast break chances and then saw Barstow's lead balloon
to 18 points. The Coyotes could not make a run down the
stretch and lost 50-72.
-- In the third place game at the Glendale Tournament, the Coyotes
faced an athletic LA SW team. The Coyotes game plan was to
limit LASW to one shot on offense (box-out) and do not let them
drive to the basket. The Coyotes stuck to their game plan and
played one of the best defensive halves this season. The
Coyotes held LASW to 22 points and after Keko Moore's (23 pts) 3/4
court shot swished at the halftime buzzer the Coyotes led 33-22.
In the second half, the Coyotes continued their balanced attack with
eight players scoring 6 or more points. However, LASW chipped
away at the Coyotes lead and forced overtime at 63-63. In
overtime, the Coyotes made some key defensive stops and extra passes
on offense to secure a 72-70 victory. The Coyotes head into a
much needed Christmas break at 4-8 after winning 3 of their last 5
-- The Coyotes began the Glendale Tournament facing Victor Valley
College. With Victor Valley playing exclusively in a 2-3 zone
defense, the Coyotes would be using their zone offense for an
extended period of time. The Coyotes game plan was to attack
inside first and outside second. Christian Hemmingsen (10 pts
& 5 rebs) hit two 3's to start the game against the Victor Valley
zone. However, the Coyotes would go 2 for 15 from beyond the
arc the rest of the game. Fortunately, the Coyotes stuck to
their game plan with Armon Worrell (6 pts & 5 assists) & Harry
Brazelton (17 pts, 5 rebs & 7 assists) finding Adrian Hood (7 pts &
10 rebs), Keko Moore (12 pts, 11 rebs & 4 assists), Manny Hernandez
(7 pts & 8 rebs) & Ed Waite (4 pts & 5 rebs) inside the zone.
The Coyotes ball movement was the best of the season. On
defense, the Coyotes contested a season high 74% of Victor Valley's
shots (they had been averaging only 55% their last four games) and
held their opponent to 53 points. Coyotes win 67-53.
-- In the Championship game of the Cuyamaca/Southwestern tournament,
the Coyotes faced PCAC foe San Diego Mesa. Once again the
Coyotes would try to control the tempo on offense by making the
extra pass and help each other on defense. For the first 12
minutes, the Coyotes executed and led 22-14. Unfortunately,
quick shots and a lack of rotation on defense led to a 30-33
halftime deficit. In the second half, the Coyotes continued to
go away from their game plan and were down by 16 points with 8
minutes to play. Unlike the East LA, Santa Ana & Irvine games,
the Coyotes regrouped, played together and made an almost miraculous
comeback. Behind Keko Moore's (20 pts) drives and Harry
Brazelton (13 pts) & Garrett Larch-Millers (11 pts) late 3's, the
Coyotes cut the lead to 3 points with :50 seconds left in the game.
With the shot clock going down, SD Mesa got their best shooter loose
for a heartbreaking 3. Coyotes lose 68-73. Great
comeback but not enough.
-- Next up for the Coyotes was the Cuyamaca/Southwestern inaugural
tournament. In the first round, the Coyotes faced Barstow.
The Coyotes tried to control the tempo by pressing Barstow and
doubling down on their 6'8" post. While the Coyotes defense
was solid at times in the first half, their offense was stagnant.
At the half, the Coyotes trailed 21-27. In the second half,
the Coyotes began to make the extra pass and attack Barstow's
defense rather than just shot perimeter jumpers. When Harry
Brazelton (19 pts) made a 3 point shot at the 5 minute mark, the
Coyotes finally took the lead at 48-47. Later Keko Moore (11
pts) drove to the basket and scored while Christian Hemmingsen (7
rebs) controlled the defensive boards. The Coyotes had the
ball with a 56-55 lead when Garrett Larch-Miller (11 pts) was fouled
with 9 seconds to play. Garrett calmly made his two free
throws. Then the game got interesting. Barstow made a 3
point shot with 4.1 seconds left. After a timeout, the Coyotes
turned the ball over at half court on their inbounds pass and
watched Barstow attempt a game winning contested shot at the buzzer.
Clank. Coyotes win 58-57. They face San Diego Mesa in
the Championship game next.
-- The Coyotes hosted Santa Ana (4-2) in their home opener.
The Coyotes game plan was to cover Santa Ana's three point shooters
and to be patient and move the ball against Santa Ana's pressing
defense. The Coyotes did not follow the game plan and paid for
their lack of execution. Santa Ana hit 3 point shots against
the Coyotes man & zone defense and in transition while the Coyotes
took quick shots and forced passes. Trailing 27-44 at half,
the Coyotes came out in the second half making the same mental
mistakes they did in the first half. Santa Ana's lead
ballooned to 25 points with 13 minutes to play. Behind subs Keko
Moore (12 pts), Adrian Hood (4 pts), Ed Waite (5 pts) the Coyotes
calmed down and began to execute their game plan. With 6:57 to play,
the Coyotes cut the lead to 12 points. During the last part of
the game, the Coyotes reverted back to their first half ways and
Santa Ana stretched their lead and won 60-82.
Irvine Valley College
-- After playing at Irvine Valley during the Irvine Valley
Tournament for three days, the Coyotes were familiar with the gym on
this day before Thanksgiving. With starting point guard Harry
Brazelton (16 pts) returning after an injury and backup post Ed
Waite making his college debut, the Coyotes roster was finally at
full strength. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, their shooting (FG
29% & 3pt FG 17%) went on an early Thanksgiving break. After
trailing 25-40 at half, Irvine continued their hot shooting (FG 50%
& 3pt FG 44%) while the Coyotes could not make a basket.
Besides Brazelton, Armon Worrell (9 rebs & 3 assists) and Manny
Hernandez (7 rebs) gave solid first half performances. Coyotes
Irvine Valley College
-- The Coyotes played Long Beach in the 3rd place game at the Irvine
Valley Tournament. Without injured point guard Harry Brazelton,
the Coyotes planned on controlling the tempo with a more deliberate
attack. Bad shots and costly turnovers plagued the Coyotes in
the first half. Trailing 24-37, the coaching staff encouraged
the players to follow the game plan in the second half. The
players obliged. The Coyotes stiffling defense held Long
Beach to 22 second half points. The Coyotes well balanced
attack was led by Christian Hemmingsen (16 pts & 11 rebs), Armon
Worrell (15 pts & 3 blocks) Keko Moore (12 pts & 4 assists) &
Garrett Larch-Miller (7 assists). The Coyotes took a three
point lead after Larch-Miller found Worrell for a two-handed
alley-op slam. Later with the score tied at 59, each team had
a chance to take the lead but failed. In overtime, the Coyotes
missed their three point attempts (1 for 5) while Long Beach scored
in the post (3 for 5). The Coyotes had two chances to send the
game to a second OT but failed. Coyotes lose 66-69.
Irvine Valley College
-- The Coyotes faced undefeated Ventura in the semi-finals of the
Irvine Valley Tournament. With Ventura having three
outstanding guards, the Coyotes would have to make sure to both
contain theie guards on defense and protect the ball on offense.
In the first half, the Coyotes once again rode the hot hand of Harry
Brazelton (20 pts, 6 rebs on 4/6 3pt shooting) to trail by a point
at half. At the begining of the second half, the teams matched
each other basket for basket. With Manny Hernandez (10 pts)
scoring inside and Keko Moore (10 pts & 6 assists) driving to the
basket, the Coyotes were able to build a eight point lead at the 15
minute mark. Ventura tied the score with eleven minutes to
play. The teams once again exchanged baskets until the score
was 56 all. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, their offense went
cold. Although Ventura could not put on a sustained run, the
Coyotes could not buy a basket missing three critical layups and
turning the ball over three times. Coyotes lose 61-72.
Irvine Valley College
-- The Coyotes entered the Irvine Valley College Tournament 0-2
after a tough opening weekend. The Coyotes spent the week
adjusting their offensive attack and defense. With an athletic
Cerritos team awaiting the Coyotes in the opening round, both Coyote
players and the coaches were anxious to see if their hard work would
pay off. It did. The Coyotes jumped out to a 48-30
halftime lead behind the 3 point shooting of Harry Brazelton (28
pts, 5 rebs & 5 assists on 10/14 shooting) and Armon Worrell (14 pts
& 8 rebs on 6/6 shooting). In the second half, Cerritos
charged back and trailed 66-64 with 8 minutes to play until Keko Moore (17 pts & 4 assists)
found Garrett Larch-Miller (13 pts & 6 assists) on a backdoor layup.
The Coyotes tightened up their defense and won going away 88-76.
Christian Hemmingsen (10 pts & 5 rebs) also helped the Coyotes well
balanced attack that saw five players score in double figures.
College of the Canyons
-- The Coyotes looked to rebound from their loss to East LA by
playing Santa Barbara in the Consolation bracket of the College of
Canyons Tournament. Once again the Coyotes jumped out to a
13-8 lead at the ten minute mark behind a stingy defense.
However, just like their previous game, the Coyotes played too fast
and turned over the ball (25 for the game). At half, the
Coyotes trailed 30-38. At the fifteen minute mark of the
second half the Coyotes trailed by 18 points. Behind great
defense and an attacking offense lead by Garrett Larch-Miller (16
pts & 6 rebs0, the Coyotes roared back to take a three point lead
with 3 minutes to play. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, Santa
Barbara made their shots down the stretch while the Coyotes saw
their shots rim out. After a last second three rimmed, the
scoreboard read Coyotes 64 - Santa Barbara 66. The Coyotes
were led by Armon Worrell (9 pts & 8 rebs), Keko Moore (10 pts) &
Manny Hernandez (7 rebs).
College of the Canyons
-- The Coyotes began the 2012-13 season at the College of Canyons
Tournament playing East LA. The Coyotes jumped out to an early
17-7 lead after eight minutes behind a solid half court defense and
by making plays on offense. East LA began speeding up the game
and the Coyotes saw their first lead vanish. At half, the
Coyotes trailed 33-39. East LA began the second half on a 22-1
run. The Coyotes subs slowed the barrage but the damage was
done. Coyotes lose their opener 60-85. The Coyotes were
led by Keko Moore (15 pts), Harry Brazelton (12 pts), Garrett
Larch-Miller (9 pts), Christian Hemmingsen (7 pts) and Manny
Hernandez (8 rebs).