The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team was an unlucky roll away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs last season.
This season, coaches Jason Camacho and Dave Thomas have hopes of a return trip to the playoffs, and both said this FLC team is the best shooting Falcon team in years.
“We’re just looking to make a run at league,” Camacho said. “We have really good ball control this year. We haven’t had this depth in a long time. All of guards can dribble and shoot. It’s exciting to watch them.”
Leading the Falcons will be senior guard Brandon Camacho and junior point guard Chase Augustino.
“Chase comes with a unique skill set,” Jason Camacho said. “He can be a pure shooter when he wants to be, but he brings the up-tempo pace. He just distributes the ball to the right place in our fast break.”
Augustino played in 28 games as a sophomore on last season’s team and takes over for Michael Sparking as the Falcons’ point guard.
Augustino averaged 6.3 points per game last season, mostly coming off the bench. This season, Augustino tallied 23 points in the Falcons’ first game, including five 3-pointers.
“I have so much confidence in him,” Jason Camacho said.
Brandon Camacho also saw action in 28 games last season and said he is looking forward to making a big impact for his team this season.
“It didn’t hit me until this summer that this was my last year, so I really started to put in the work,” he said. “I’ve improved a lot since last year … I have a good feeling about this year. I honestly think we have a good chance of winning league, and that’s our main goal.”
Camacho scored 9.4 points per game last season and nabbed 2.8 steals per game.
Holding down the post for the Falcons will be senior Jesse Poppin. As a three-year varsity player Poppin is looking to make an impact in his final season with the Falcons, he said.
The lanky post player will be vital for the under-sized Falcons this season, said Jason Camacho.
“He’s aggressive on the boards, and we need him to be more aggressive on the defensive end,” Jason Camacho said. “We need him to be a distraction in the paint.”
The Falcons also welcome back Luke Jordan. The talented shooting guard attended Forest Lake Christian as a freshman, then transferred to Placer as a sophomore but is back with the Falcons as a junior. Jason Camacho said he one of the best shooters on the team.
Jordan will have to sit out the first 30 days of the season due to the Sac-Joaquin Section 30-day sit out period transfer rule.
Last season, the Falcons tied for third in the Central Valley California League with Woodland Christian at 7-5 in league play. Sacramento Waldorf took the top spot going undefeated in league play, and Victory Christian was second with a 10-2 league record.
Jason Camacho said he knows how difficult the CVCL can be but still believes that a league title is attainable.
“They have a passion for the game, they really work hard, and most of them are year-round basketball players,” he said. “I really think we can make a run at league this season.”
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