For the Millennium girls, who finished the season 15-11 overall and 12-6 in league, junior Ashourina Haynes was named to the HCL first team after she was the league’s leading rebounder (14.1 boards per game) and her team’s leading scorer (8.6 points per game). Brianna Murawski was named as an honorable mention.
But the Millennium boys were mostly left out of the all-league selections, as none of the players from the Falcons made the HCL first or second teams, despite a 12-2 record in league play and a berth in the section playoffs.
Falcon boys coach Mike Woods said it’s a snub that illustrates a flaw in the way all-league selections are made. Coaches nominate their own players but do not vote or advocate for them during the selection process.
Instead, the first- and second-team choices were based on statistics, and according to numbers posted on MaxPreps.com, only two of Millennium’s players made the top five in six statistical categories: scoring, 3-point field goals, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
The Falcons’ Paul Hundal had 0.8 blocks per game, and Kiley Duncan was second in the league in steals with 2.6 per game.
The only Millennium player to be acknowledged in the all-league picks was Freddy Brindopke, who received an honorable mention. He was the Falcons’ top scorer with 207 total points. He also had the most rebounds for his team (71) and the most steals (56).
The team’s numbers reflect an effort spread evenly across several players, with Duncan and Asad Khan also weighing in as consistent scorers and Hundal, Richie Raya and Stephen Percelle contributing as consistent rebounders.
“It’s based on statistics, which don’t tell the whole story, in my opinion,” Woods said, adding that many efforts on the court, such as the Falcons’ ability to break through a full-court press, don’t show up in the numbers.
Woods said his team’s strength shows in its 16-9 overall and 12-2 league record and second-place finish in the HCL, which earned the team a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs. Nearly every other HCL team was classified as Division V.