Camarillo High’s boys’ basketball team has finished second in the Pacific View League the past two seasons.
The Scorpions don’t play for silver medals—they’re gunning for the Pacific View crown.
“The goal is always to win a league title,” said third-year head coach Allan Sadowsky. “It’s not easy playing in the Pacific View League. Our league is pretty deep. . . . Anyone can win it.
“We’re going to do everything we can to win a championship.”
ACHS is a run-and-gun team featuring crafty guards who create their own shots and find open teammates.
However, the Scorpions aren’t a one-dimensional squad. If the game slows down, they run a halfcourt offense with fundamentally sound big men who don’t mind banging in the paint.
Offense isn’t a problem for Camarillo.
Defense is another story.
“We’ve struggled on the defensive side,” senior forward Ardavan Seif said. “If we figure things out on defensive, we should have a very successful season. We need to work on that in practice.
“We have chemistry, so the offense will always be there.”
ACHS trots out a veteran squad with eight seniors and four juniors.
Many of the Scorpions grew up playing together on the Camarillo Dons youth basketball club.
Senior forward Brian Smith is a key player to watch.
Smith sat out the 2011-12 season, but he’s meshed well with his teammates.
“I played basketball with these guys at 24 Hour Fitness pretty much every day,” Smith said. “There’s not a lot of new faces on the team. I know all the guys and I know how they play. Finding chemistry with the team wasn’t an issue.”
Smith, who played for Camarillo as a freshman and sophomore, said he didn’t play last season for personal reasons.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward still supported his teammates by going to all home and road games.
“I regret taking the year off,” Smith said.
“I went to every game thinking I should have been suiting up. I’ll probably need a couple more weeks to find my game, but I’ve never felt better.”
Smith, who patterns his game after Clipper forward Blake Griffi n, joined the ACHS basketball team earlier this week.
He played on the offensive and defensive line for the Scorpion football team, which was eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs last weekend in a 28-25 loss at Cathedral.
Smith and 6-foot-5 forward/ centers Rhett King and Nick Richey provide height in the post.
“Our team likes to run, but we’re also a tall team,” Smith said. “I can keep up when our guards are pushing the tempo. If I can’t keep up, I stay back and let the little guys go to work.”
Corbin Covey and Jacob Alonzo are Camarillo’s top guards.
Alonzo, a junior, was selected to the All-Pacific View League second team last season.
Covey, also an All-PVL second team member, is a talented two-sport athlete who starred on the football gridiron.
Covey just finished a sensational season for Camarillo football. The standout wide receiver broke the Ventura County record for most receptions in a season with 143 catches.
Senior Chris Bengtsson is a valuable guard for the Scorpions.
“I’m hoping to be a starter,” Bengtsson said. “It would be great to start as a senior. If I’m coming off the bench, I would be okay with that, too.”
Charlie Brower, Alex Martin, Diego Gonzalez, Kyle Palmer and Dylan Holland contribute for Camarillo.
Oxnard, Rio Mesa and Pacifi ca are all capable of winning the league championship this season.
“Any of those four teams, including us, are all very talented teams,” Sadowsky said.
“It’s going to be tough playing those teams. We’re ready for the challenge. It should be fun.”