Soledad Aztecs junior Pablo Morales IV scored a career-high 36 points against Pajaro Valley on Jan. 12. (Jason Gallardo/Staff)

SOLEDAD — It wasn’t a great start for the Soledad Aztecs boys’ basketball team, but the season is looking up as they have won four of their last five games.

Coming into the season, the Aztecs had lost much of their talent from a year ago due to graduation. Along with losing a lot of players, they also came into this season really undersized. With all those factors in their first 10 games, the Aztecs were 1-9.

Now, once they got into league play, Soledad seemed to turn on a switch and have gone 4-1. Last week the Aztecs were able to beat Greenfield and Pajaro Valley, and won against Gonzales on Jan. 4. During this streak, they have won every game by double digits.

In their first league game Jan. 2, they loss to Rancho San Juan, 79-60.

Soledad was in action again Wednesday at King City, where they beat the Mustangs 69-47.

The Aztecs still have a long way to go if they even want to think of posting up another league title. The good news is they will have the opportunity to prove that they are going to be a league contender when they play Monte Vista Christian, who is arguably the best team in the Cypress Division, at home on Friday, Jan. 19.

Soledad currently is in third place in the Cypress Division, behind Rancho San Juan and Monte Vista Christian.

There are not many players left for the team that won the Aztecs’ last league title, but junior Pablo Morales IV still remains.

In these past couple of matchups, Morales has taken his game to another level, scoring a career-high 36 points against Pajaro Valley. In the last two regular season games, he has made 16 three-pointers.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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