UNION CITY — Melvin Easley is all about motivation, details and metaphors. Before each season, the James Logan boys basketball coach tells his players a story about two people getting on a treadmill.
“One of two things is going to happen,” Easley says. “You’re going to get off first or I am going to die on that treadmill. Dying on that treadmill means I am going to give everything I have until that very last second.”
Logan has not fallen off the treadmill. The Colts have huffed and puffed all season behind the tenacious Thompson cousins (guards Brett and Brah’Jon), lanky Malcolm Steadman on the wing, blue-collar Gabriel Hawkins and Daniel Combs near the glass and miracle shot Tim Oldham among those contributing off the bench.
They won their league championship, reached a section final and on Tuesday celebrated a regional title. Friday, Logan will aim for its first state crown when it faces defending champion Chino Hills in the Division I title game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, the culmination of a long road traveled that began in the summer when no one had secured a role on the team.
“It took everything,” Hawkins said. “Hark work. Coming to practice every day. Coming to workouts, on the track, even when you feel like you don’t want to do it. Credit to this team, man, because we never stop fighting. We’re so resilient. No matter who we play, we’re going to fight to the end.”
One season after bowing out of the postseason in its first game, Logan is in position to achieve its state-championship goal because it challenged itself early against the likes of Salesian, Sheldon and Modesto Christian and stuck to the treadmill when the games got tight in the playoffs.
The Colts made the North Coast Section Division I final when Oldham, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports