Coronado’s Caleb Wilborn drove the basketball up midcourt and fed it out right to teammate Christian Akard, who in turn drilled a 3-point goal in the third quarter of the Mustangs’ season opener Tuesday against Randall.
The play was one of many that saw several Coronado players execute as a tandem to score in the Mustangs’ 69-49 home win.
“They are all very unselfish,” Coronado coach Layne Sheets said. “They work hard and they work hard for each other. They are really about making their teammates better, and I think that showed with how many guys contributed throughout the game, and in different ways.
“Some of them were scoring, some were making plays on defense and some were just having positive body language throughout the whole game. So it was great to see.”
Shortly after the Akard score, the Mustangs’ Walker Weindorf fed the ball inside to Bronzea Giddens, who scored to give the team a 51-38 lead as they held momentum.
Giddens proved to be a matchup problem all night for Randall (0-2). The 6-foot-7 post got the crowd off their feet with a dunk at the 3:04 mark in the third quarter and again with a deflection off the board later in the quarter.
Coronado outscored Randall 17-11 in the third quarter to take a 54-40 lead over the Raiders and go on to win the contest. Ten Mustangs scored, Akard leading the attack with 16 points. Giddens was next with 14.
“If I was missing it, my teammates had me with rebounds on the other end,” Akard said. “I had an extra pass and could make it. Defense came up big in my opinion. We were a little off on offense, even though we played well. I think defense just won us that game.”
Both teams exchanged 3s in the game’s opening minute, but Coronado garnered the advantage not long after. Giddens corralled a loose rebound and put it in from underneath to spark a seven-point run at the 6:33 mark in the first quarter.
Coronado’s Ahmari Williams drew a foul and sank two shots and teammate Dwaine Anderson sank a 3 that made it 10-3 at 5:36 in the first quarter.
The Mustangs finished the opening eight minutes as strong as they started. Giddens and Akard made back-to-back layups to give Coronado a 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Randall was within 34-27 at halftime.
The Mustangs out-rebounded their opponents throughout to start their season off on a positive note.
“(Rebounding) is one thing that we have stressed and have been trying to emphasize,” Sheets said. “We know those extra possessions can be huge, and not just on the offensive end but the defensive end as well to see those guys do the blue collar work.”
This won’t be the first meeting between the two high schools this week. Randall hosts Coronado at 8 p.m. Friday in a Class 5A bi-district football game.
Player of the Game
Akard showed off some long-range shooting all night. He recorded four 3-point goals and led the Mustangs with 16 points.
Coronado hosts Midland High at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Randall faces Tascosa at 6 p.m. Friday on the road.
CORONADO 69, RANDALL 49
Randall 13 14 11 11 — 49
Coronado 21 13 17 18 — 69
Individual scoring: Randall, Corey Sato 16, Odie Woods 14, Luke Young 11, Derek Casarez 5, Aun Phasuk 3; Coronado, Christian Akard 16, Bronzea Giddens 14, Ahmari Williams 8, Mikael Garza 6, Jacob Richardson 6, Caled Wilborn 5, Walker Weindorf 5, Dwaine Anderson 3, Greg Lota 3, Carters Suttles 3 Records: Randall 0-2; Coronado 1-0; Coronado. JV Score: Coronado 59, Randall 49.