The Corona del Sol boys basketball team is far from being at it best.
Just don't tell that to opponents as the Aztecs keep knocking off quality teams with the latest being Desert Vista on Wednesday night at the Storm Center.
Corona won a physical, less-than-pretty, defensive battle, 52-44, as the Aztecs improved to 16-1 while they feel their way through the final month of the season.
"We were expecting it to be a more up-tempo game but it didn't happen," Corona coach Sam Duane said. "We played tough defense and so did they. No one really got into a rhythm."
The Aztecs are winning despite interchangeable parts.
Big men Avery Moss and Andrus Peat have been dealing with football visits while being recruited. Moss is committed to Nebraksa while dealing with a shoulder injury. Peat is still undecided and continuing official visits.
It's a good thing Corona still has Casey Benson and Calaen Robinson and others to keep everything rolling.
Robinson, who had 12 points, made his impact felt at the end of the third quarter when he scored twice in the final five seconds. He put down an alley oop in the closing seconds and then a quick Thunder turnover gave Corona the ball back under their basket with 1.5 seconds left.
Robinson snuck inside the defense and the inbounds hit its mark as the 6-foot-3 guard scored again for a 40-35 advantage.
The Aztecs did enough down the stretch to retain its lead as Peat and Moss combined to score the final eight points.
The Thunder (13-7 overall, 10-2 in power ranking games) was No. 1 in the power rankings and Corona (16-1, 9-0) was second when the week started.
"We didn't do enough from the guard position to get the win," Desert Vista coach Dave Williams said. "It was a good game. They know we can get them. We showed them that we can beat them. "
Moss finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Benson had 13. Peat had five points and nine rebounds.
The Thunder, playing without big man KJ Hoffman because of a foot injury, was led by Danny Powell, who had 22 points and nine rebounds, while Connor MacDougall had 10 points and six rebounds.
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