When facing the San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers, the game plan always revolves around finding and double-teaming Robert Upshaw. And he’s not hard to locate at 7 feet, 250 pounds — just hard to stop.
And while the Coyotes (4-13, 0-1), with only three players taller than 6 feet, did a good job putting the clamps on the Kansas Statebound Upshaw — the No. 8 rated high school center in the nation, according to Rivals.com — limiting him to 13 points, it was the Memorial (9-8, 1-0) supporting cast that stole the show and game Tuesday. The Panthers handed Coyotes a 68-42 loss in the County/Metro Athletic Conference opener at Joe Flores Gym.
“Like anyone who faces Upshaw, we had a game plan to limit him with two of our stronger players,” said Madera head coach Mike Hawkins. “We executed well and limited his points, but even when not scoring Upshaw is still a factor because you still have to focus on him, which opens up more opportunities for the rest of the team, and defensively he took a lot of layups and inside baskets away from us.”
Armando Cantu paced the Coyotes with 15 points, while Javier Contreras added 12. The Panthers had three players in double figures led by Kellen Hackett with 16 and Roshown Snowden and Upshaw each tallying 15...