Village News Reporter
The Patriot League boys basketball coaches chose Bonsall High School senior Hady Rahman as an all-league player.
Rahman, who was the Legionnaires’ point guard, was placed on the Patriot League second team.
“I’m proud of the effort he put in all year for us. Gave 100% effort on both sides of the court,” said Bonsall coach John Machado. “He has a great attitude. Amazing human being.”
Rahman and power forward Damien Sauileone were the only seniors on the 2022-2023 Legionnaires. The team also included two juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen.
“The future’s going to be bright for these kids,” Machado said.
In terms of win-loss record the 2022-2023 season wasn’t impressive. The Legionnaires had a 3-19 overall record and were 0-10 in Patriot League play.
“They’re competing against teams full of seniors,” Machado said.
Warner High School also had only two seniors, and two of Bonsall’s wins were against the Wildcats. Warner posted a 5-3 record in Manzanita League play for second place in the standings. Bonsall’s other win was against Cornerstone Christian of Wildomar, which is in the Majestic League of the CIF Southern Section and had a 9-3 league record to share second in the standings.
“We had some tough games, but there were a lot of close games,” Machado said.
Bonsall opened the season with a 59-52 overtime loss to St. Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School of Temecula. After the first quarter, Bonsall had a 15-9 lead against Bayfront Charter, although the Sharks eventually won that 61-42 game which opened league play Dec. 12. The January 23 league loss to Coastal Academy had a 44-39 score.
“We had some players who went out and played really good this season,” Machado said.
Due to the growth of the players and the superior level of competition Machado wasn’t disappointed in the Legionnaires’ win-loss record.
“We’re definitely happy,” he said. “They’re going to see lots of improvement. There was lots of improvement this year.”
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