1972-73 Warriors

League Record: 9-7 (14-9 Overall)

The 1972-73 Warriors include, left to right, Steve Minton, Don Johnson, Jesse Esparza, Kevin Cote, Pete Henderson,
Phil McLaughlin, Charlie Jackson, Vincent Elizondo, Manuel Corral, and John Brooks.

New Coach Bill Carll Leads Warriors To Winning Season
Brooks and Jackson Named Co-MVP's

First year coach Bill Carll led the 1972-73 Warriors to a second consecutive winning season, but Tehachapi fell short of advancing to the post-season playoffs with a 9-7 record in Desert-Inyo League (DIL) play. Overall, the Warriors were 14-9.

Throughout the season, the Warriors were led by guards John Brooks and Vince Elizondo; forwards Charlie Jackson, Phil McLaughlin, and Jesse Esparza; and centers Kevin Cote (6'3") and Pete Henderson (6'5").

The Warriors were an impressive 5-2 in non-league games. After dropping an opening season contest to defending CIF 1A champion LA Baptist, the Warriors rebounded nicely to capture the consolation championship of the Desert Tournament and the championship of the annual Rosamond Tournament.

At Edwards AFB, the Warriors won 2 and lost 1, defeating both Mojave, 55-36, and Rosamond, 54-44, to earn the consolation title. Seniors Brooks and Jackson were selected to the All-Tournament team; with Brooks scoring 31 points in the three games to lead the Warriors.

In Rosamond, Tehachapi overpowered Paraclete, Lone Pine, and Desert to win the title. Behind a 17 point performance by Jackson, the Warriors nipped the Scorpions, 61-60, in the tourney finale. Brooks and Jackson were again selected to the All-Tournament team, along with junior Vince Elizondo. Elizondo led Tehachapi with 42 points in the three games.

In league play, the Warriors had their most impressive win of the season on Jan. 27, 1973, upsetting Bishop, 46-44, in Tehachapi. Big man Kevin Cote sank a basket with 45 seconds left in the game to preserve the win for Tehachapi. Bishop would go on to win the DIL with a final 14-2 record.

The Warriors split their two contests with Kern Valley, with the second place Broncos advancing to the playoffs for the first time in their school history with an 11-5 record. The Desert Scorpions also advanced to the playoffs with a final 11-5 record.

Elizondo led the team in scoring and assists; scoring 308 points (23 games) during the season for a 13.4 average per game. Jackson led the team with nearly 250 rebounds and scored 256 points (22 games) for a 11.5 game average; Brooks scored 243 points (23 games) for a 10.6 average; and Cote collected nearly 150 rebounds.

The trio of Brooks, Elizondo, and Jackson were selected to the All-DIL Honorable Mention team for 1973. Brooks and Jackson were named the co-MVP's of the team by the coaching staff.

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Game-by-Game Results

Non-League Play
Dec 2LA Baptist 46 83AVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Dec 20Big Bear ## 45 57AJohn Brooks: 11 pts
Dec 21Mojave ## 55 36AJohn Brooks & Vince Elizondo: 11 pts
Dec 22Rosamond ## 54 44AKevin Cote: 17 pts
Dec 29Paraclete (Lancaster) ## 50 38AVince Elizondo: 9 pts
Dec 30Lone Pine ## 55 47AVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Jan 2Desert (Edwards AFB) ##  61 60ACharlie Jackson: 17 pts

Desert-Inyo League Play

Dec 8Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 64 47HVince Elizondo: 19 pts
Dec 9Bishop * 53 64AJohn Brooks: 18 pts
Dec 12Desert (Edwards AFB) * 56 65ACharlie Jackson: 17 pts
Jan 5Rosamond * 50 56ACharlie Jackson: 19 pts
Jan 6Lone Pine * 60 44HVince Elizondo: 24 pts
Jan 9Boron * 56 42HJohn Brooks: 15 pts
Jan 12Trona * 59 58AVince Elizondo: 13 pts
Jan 16Rosamond * 47 53HCharlie Jackson: 14 pts
Jan 19Mojave * 80 65AVince Elizondo: 20 pts
Jan 26Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 69 73ACharlie Jackson: 16 pts
Jan 27Bishop * 46 44HJohn Brooks: 14 pts
Feb 2Desert (Edwards AFB) * 52 79ACharlie Jackson: 20 pts
Feb 6Trona * 50 42HCharlie Jackson: 16 pts
Feb 8Boron * 44 45AJohn Brooks: 18 pts
Feb 16Mojave * 64 49HCharlie Jackson: 17 pts
Feb 17Lone Pine * 62 55AJohn Brooks: 22 pts

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