Boys basketball secures Marmonte League championship


Calabasas secured the 2022 Marmonte League championship on Feb. 5 against Thousand Oaks. This is the seventh Marmonte League championship for Jon Palarz, and the first since 2019. 

Due to a rescheduling setback from COVID, Calabasas was forced to play three games in three days. The gauntlet of games started Thursday against Agoura in an overtime victory for the Coyotes. Calabsas traveled to Agorua the next day and won, 64-51. These two wins set up the winner-take-all matchup between Calabasas and Thousand Oaks. 

Calabasas got out to a fast start, leading by six at the end of the first. The game then stayed stagnant, as no single quarter besides the first had a margin greater than one point. Gavin Murphy and Taylor Golden led the way as Murphy had 31 points, five rebounds and four assists. Golden had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Niko Lobos had 12 points while Peter Gray added 7 points with 7 rebounds. Senior Drew Martin provided incredible defense while guarding Elias Chin, who only scored nine points. 

“This is what we’ve been working towards the whole year and since the summer,” said Martin. “[I’m] glad that all our hard work paid off but the job is not finished.” 

The championship caps off an incredible season of hard work for the Coyotes, where the team practiced up to six days a week working towards this championship. They were 19-5 overall and 8-2 in Marmonte League play. But, the Coyotes have higher goals than just a league championship.

“I’m proud of this team- this family,” said Golden. “We still have a long road ahead of us, and we are all excited for the journey.”

The Coyotes will find out their playoff pairing on Feb. 8. Their first playoff game will be Feb. 11.