By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
For the Vintage High basketball team it’s been a tad bit hard to find their first win so far in a season that is very young. On Friday the Crushers got their first win of the season with a 62-37 route of Pioneer-Woodland.
The win is Vintage coach Rob Johnson’s first since taking over the helm.
“It feels awesome,” he explained. “It’s really good for my whole thing, and like I told these players today when I was a player I hated losing, not because I loved winning, but because the excitement on guys faces and I can sleep thinking I did everything I could, and so I really felt like we had some things to improve on, but as far as effort we gave a lot of great effort.”
For Vintage (1-2) they had a very balanced scoring attack on the day. Imani Lopez led them with 14 points, and three rebounds, Jared Rendon added nine points and four rebounds. Davis Chandler, and David Fernandez each had eight points as well.
“The thing about our team is we’ve got a lot of weapons,” Johnson explained of the balanced scoring. “We just need our weapons to wake up sometimes, and when they’re put in scoring opportunities to turn it over and to make it, so I think we did that tonight, and I’m really happy about the effort that we put out.”
This isn’t the first time this season the Crushers will face the Patriots (0-3) — on Tuesday of next week Vintage will travel to Woodland for a rematch.
“Basketball is always a mental game, so if you can ever put your opponent in a situation where you know you know you have an edge that’s always good, so we’ve just got to make sure we capitalize on that,”Johnson added on the matchup next Tuesday. “Obviously we go to their place, so they’ll have that advantage of us coming there from the road, and dealing with the day and everything like that, so any competitive edge we can find we’ll just capitalize on that, and so this time it sends a message to them that you know ‘hey we’ll be ready for next week’, they were a very good team, some great kids, very positive, and their coach is great too.”
Up next Vintage will face Vallejo tomorrow at noon in the consolation championship, while Pioneer will face fellow Yolo County school Delta tomorrow at 1:30 for seventh place.