STORY BY By JAMES ESCARCEGA, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
SOURCE: SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE
Diamond Bar senior guard Myles Corey has played in the shadows for much of this season, but that might be about to change.
Corey will not be a secret much longer if his performance Wednesday against Maranatha at The Classic at Damien tournament is any indication.
Corey scored a game-high 28 points, propelling the Brahmas to a 60-48 win over Maranatha in a first-round game in the Silver Division at Ramona Middle School.
Diamond Bar (14-2) advanced to a quarterfinal contest that will take place at the Damien Events Center on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Corey played a key role in breaking open a close game at the start of the second quarter as he scored 12 of Diamond Bar’s points as part of a 16-2 run. He ended the half with 17 points, boosting Diamond Bar to a 31-23 lead at halftime.
“I will always support my guys, but in my mind, Corey is one of the top guards in the area,” Diamond Bar coach Henry Frierson said. “He is one of the best-kept secrets in the valley.“(Corey) has been outstanding for us this year. He has shown some senior leadership, which is what the seniors have been doing as well.”
Corey, a second-team San Gabriel Valley Tribune all-area selection last season, is supported by a squad that is heavy with experience.
“The leadership is definitely different this year” Corey said. “I’ve been getting a lot of leadership advice from Coach, parents, everybody. It has made a huge difference.”
Frierson also liked what he saw from his team during the pivotal point of the second quarter.
“We’re undersized, so (we) always try to pick up the tempo,” Frierson said of his team’s full-court press for the entire game Wednesday. “We put a lot of pressure on the ball, so it was that, and offensively I felt that we were getting our shots. We like to play with a lot of energy defensively.”
The second half played out much the same way for the Brahmas, with Corey scoring and blocking shots. Bryan Reyes added more scoring as he tallied six of his 10 points in the quarter.
There was a concern in the fourth quarter when starting center Mike Gao rolled his ankle and didn’t play for the remainder of the game. His status for Thursday’s game is questionable.
Maranatha (3-8), currently on a five-game losing streak, was led by guard Junior Camacho. The junior scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wes Clarkson had 11 points with eight rebounds, and Uriah Foster snatched five rebounds.
“We had juniors on our team last year; we are happy what we are getting from the seniors,” Frierson said. “I just want to ride this team to the sunset. We can make a nice run in the playoffs if we do it right.”