Village News Reporter
Four members of Fallbrook High School’s boys basketball team were chosen as all-league players by the Valley League coaches.
Samuel Carmona was selected for the Valley League first team. Maliki Brotherton was given second-team designation. Reese Holmes and Xavier Charland were recognized at the honorable mention level.
“I’m extremely proud,” Fallbrook coach Jonathan Terry said. “I’m not surprised. It’s the work ethic that’s paying off. They earned it. They showed it in their play. All four of the guys who made Valley League are well deserved.”
Fallbrook posted a 5-3 record in Valley League play and shared second place in the final standings with San Pasqual High School. Mission Vista High School was 7-1 in league play and won the league championship. Victory Christian Academy won the CIF Division III championship, and the Knights’ victory over Fallbrook in the first round of the CIF playoffs finalized the Warriors’ overall record at 12-15.
Carmona is a junior.
“Sammy was well respected among all the coaches in the Valley League,” Terry said. “Sammy is just a leader. He’s one of our best defensive players. Just a great young man to have in our program.”
The 6-foot-3 Carmona is primarily a shooting guard.
“He can play all five positions,” Terry said. “Whatever we asked him to do he did.”
Terry didn’t have to worry about Carmona becoming academically ineligible – Carmona exceeded a GPA of 3.0.
“A great high school student-athlete,” Terry said. “Couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Brotherton, who is also a junior, is 6-foot-2 and is primarily a point guard with the ability to play other positions.
“He’s got a great basketball mind. He’s got a great basketball IQ,” Terry said.
Holmes, the only Fallbrook senior to receive all-league accolades, is 6-foot-2 and was a power forward. Charland, who earned all-league distinction as a sophomore, is 5-foot-11 and had primarily a shooting guard role.
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