There may be a new cast, but it’s the same result for the Colony High School boys basketball team, which clinched its 10th straight Mt. Baldy League title with a win over Don Lugo Thursday night.
The Titans (18-8, 9-0) have won the league the last 10 years. If they close out the regular season with a win over Montclair, it would be the sixth time that Colony ran the table in league play, a noteworthy accomplishment no matter what the league.
Coach Jerry DeFabiis graduated eight players from last year’s team, three of those starters and two of whom were the leading scorers.
The Titans don’t have quite the firepower they have had in the past but they’re playing better defense which has translated to just as many wins.
“You definitely have to adapt to you personnel or it’s like trying it fit a square peg in a round hole. It doesn’t work,” he said. “We used to score 80 points a game. Now if we hold them to 50 or 60 we have a pretty good chance.”
Senior forward Jy’Aire Johnson (11.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and senior quard Caleb DeFabiis (11.9 ppg), the son of the head coach, have headed the effort.
The Mt. Baldy League isn’t quite as competitive as some so DeFabiis has sought out tougher competition elsewhere, which has helped the Titans land a No. 5 CIF ranking in Division 2A.
Tonight they will play national power Mater Dei in the final game of the first day of action at the Nike Extravaganza. DeFabiis says his team has nothing to lose. It’s his eighth year competing in that event which showcases elite programs.
“We feel like if we compete against them we can compete with anyone,” he said.