Redmond High’s boys basketball squad and coaches visit Rodeo Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Todd Rubin

Redmond High’s boys basketball squad and coaches visit Rodeo Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Todd Rubin

Redmond boys possess solid team chemistry

Mustangs are rolling on the hardwood.

With all the points, blocks and steals coming from the hands of the Redmond High boys basketball squad, it’s been a true team effort, according to head coach Todd Rubin.

Everyone’s been putting their stamp on the season, which has seen the Mustangs post a 7-4 record in 4A KingCo action while battling it out with Inglemoor (9-3) in the Crown Division. The second-place locals especially rose to the occasion to beat first-place Inglemoor, 48-46, on Jan. 18 to register their fifth straight win at that point.

Redmond has triumphed in seven of its last 10 contests with two league games remaining on the docket. Overall, the Mustangs are 10-8 and will host North Creek at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Phil Bury has averaged a team-leading 16 points per game and knocked down 20 against Inglemoor. Aidan Rolfs averages 12 points per game, and tops the team with seven rebounds per game along with leading the way in blocks and steals. He amassed 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-54 win against Bothell on Jan. 12.

Point guard Darek Khabani has been a solid coach on the court along with hitting some crucial shots in the fourth quarter and averaging 5.5 assists per game, which is second best in the league. Jalen Lund stands in with an average of 10 points per game and drained 14 fourth-quarter points in the Bothell win.

“Our defense has been extremely tough lately. We have been giving up the second least amount of points in the league. On the offensive end, we have been scoring more in transition and executing our half-court offense well. We only average nine turnovers per game, which is also second in the league,” Rubin said.

Rubin noted that the team’s chemistry is at a premium and the Mustangs tightened their bonds and turned their season around at the Don Bambauer Memorial Holiday Classic in Marin, California, last month. The team went 2-2 at the tourney with wins over Marin Catholic, 56-51, and Arcata, 57-36.

“Every player is dedicated to teammates and to improving every day. At the same time, they are a really goofy group that has fun together and has a lot of laughs,” the coach said.

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