Men's Athletes of the Week
PCAC taps Jets’ Browne, Spartans’ Piling for AOTW
JAN. 16, 2017 - San Diego Miramar College basketball player Takoda Browne and MiraCosta basketball player Josh Piling have been awarded Men’s Athlete of the Week recognition for Jan. 9-15 by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Browne, a 6-foot-0 sophomore guard out of Kearny High School, scored 15 points, made 3 critical defensive plays in prime time, and knocked down 2 free throws late in the game to close out the Jets’ 72-67 win over defending champion Mt. San Jacinto to open the PCAC North Division season.
Coach Nick Gehler’s Miramar team upped its record to 15-5 by winning for the eighth time in 9 games and the 12th time in its last 13 games.
Piling, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Minico High School in Rupert, Idaho and his state’s large schools Player of the Year last season, came up with a huge performance in the Spartans’ 98-73 win over College of the Desert to begin North Division play.
Piling scored 30 points and also contributed 9 rebounds and 4 steals to bury the Roadrunners. He went 13-for-13 from the field, drained all of his attempts from behind the 3-point arc and MiraCosta, which lost its two leading scorers for the season in December, went on a 23-0 run against the Roadrunners in the first half to put the game out of reach early.
Honorable mention selections were San Diego Mesa basketball player Armstrong Ojunkwu, San Bernardino Valley basketball player Ja Morgan and Grossmont basketball player David Wheeler.
Ojunkwu, Mesa’s 6-foot-9, 220-pound freshman center from Mission Bay High School, had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks as the Olympians defeated Grossmont 68-65 in overtime in a South Division opener.
San Bernardino, ranked fifth in the state behind only No. 1 Saddleback, No. 2 El Camino Compton Center, No. 3 City College of San Francisco and No. 4 Yuba in the CCCAA Massey Ratings, rode a big second half by Morgan, a 6-foot-1 freshman guard from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, to a 60-51 road victory over Palomar in a North Division opener. Morgan scored all 12 of his points in a 12-minute span in the second half in a game in which the Comets led 32-28 with 14 minutes to play. The Wolverines, playing one of the state’s most difficult schedules, are 16-5 on the season.
Wheeler, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard from Mira Mesa High School, scored 22 points and hauled in 5 rebounds in the Griffins’ overtime loss to Mesa.