The Diablos took on players from California and Nevada in the Varsity, Under 1,000 Division, defeating hoop squads from Santa Rosa, McKinleyville and Galena of Reno in the opening rounds. The Diablos got past Colfax in the semifinal and brought home the hardware with a victory over Folsom in the finals.
The Contra Costa Diablos scored roughly 400 points throughout their five games while keeping their opponents to about 50 points per game.
“Before our first game I let my players know that we didn’t travel all this way to play poorly, and our guys responded,” wrote head coach Jared Wilson in an e-mail. Wilson also leads the Heritage High junior varsity boys basketball team.
“I’ve been coaching for nine seasons and I’ve never seen a five-game stretch like that before,” he added. “Each game, each player played better and better, whether that (meant) grabbing a few more rebounds a game, dishing a couple extra assists or scoring a few more buckets.”
Wilson also credited his defense with clutch performances, despite the team’s “bigs” being overmatched at times.
Team members are Dorian Hardy, David Nelson, Kyle Grant, Travis Pacos, Brouk Bekele, Josh Ned, Bryce Niccolocia and Kyle Farinas.
For more information about the Diablos, visit www.contracostabasketballacademy.com.