By Bonta Hill
DALY CITY — In the opening game of the Blue and Gold Classic at Jefferson High School on Wednesday, Galileo thumped first-year varsity program San Francisco International 71-8.
Galileo head coach Jeremy Lee wanted to see how the Lions would look in their first game of the season, but as all in attendance would find out after tip-off, the game was a mismatch from the beginning.
Galileo (1-0) scored the game’s first 24 points and led 53-1 at the half.
“Our guys played hard, but it’s difficult to play a team that’s not exactly at the level you are,” Lee said. “The score kind of dictated how we would play in the second half.”
SFI head coach Jose Urista has been put in a difficult situation. Also the school’s wrestling coach and athletic director, Urista has never coached basketball. He stepped up to lead the team after two coaches broke commitments prior to the season.
Along with those difficulties, most of his players speak Chinese and understand very little English. The Huskies also don’t have a player over 6-feet tall.
“We have to learn how to play as a team, and the most difficult thing about this job is that all the players speak Chinese, and I speak English,” Urista said. “Language is a huge barrier. We’ll take our lumps this year.”
Galileo’s Max Botowski led all scorers with 15 points, all of which came in the second half, while Kyle Liu added 13 and the Lions forced 19 turnovers.
Lee will get a better sense of where his team stands when they take on the winner of the Jefferson-ISA first round game on Thursday.
“The hard thing is we can’t really judge how good or bad we are after today,” Lee said. “Tomorrow we’ll be able to get a more realistic perspective on what we need to work on.”
Max Botowski — 15
Kyle Liu — 13
Nelson Tran — 12
Christopher Lee — 8
Ryan Seto — 8