CORONA DEL MAR — Early on in the season it seems Stefan Kaluz is not only jostling for position down low, but for a shot without receiving a shot to the back, arm, chest, or face.
Corona del Mar High boys’ basketball coach Ryan Schachter blames the overt physical play on his 6-foot-9 senior center’s size.
“He’s an easy target because he’s so big,” Schachter said. “I think a lot of times they [referee] for size and they think that the big guy can take the punishment. It’s really not fair. It is what it is. He’s used to it. He understands what’s going to happen.”
Recognizing is the key as the Sea Kings are beginning to take advantage of teams swarming the Brown University-bound Kaluz.
Swing the ball to the open man. That player in CdM’s home opener against Esperanza Tuesday night was Joe Eberhard. The 6-6 senior nailed three three-pointers in the opening quarter before finishing with a game-high 19 points in a 54-35 blowout win.