It is often said that whenever there is hard work, one can expect to reap significant dividends later.
In the case of the Filipino-American siblings Kobe and Tahjae Ordonio, the patience and perseverance that they’ve rendered over the course of the summer a few months ago had them ending the 2016-17 HS basketball season on a high note.
As described in an exclusive e-mail forwarded to SLAM PH, the Ordonio brothers and the rest of the Monterey HS Toreadores have just concluded a memorable run that was punctuated by the varsity’s first-ever championship in Central Coast Section’s (CCS) Division III early last month, as well as a second-round appearance in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Northern California Regional Championship.
After a productive offseason, Kobe saved the best of his prep career for last, as the senior solidified his legend in Monterey HS basketball lore by becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer at the conclusion of his final playing year. This was highlighted by his per-game averages of 27 points, eight boards, seven assists and two steals in the Toreadores’ run towards the CCS Division III crown, covering three matches. That includes a remarkable outing in the title match, where the 6’1″ playmaker registered an all-around effort of 34 markers, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks, as he towed his alma mater to its inaugural CCS Division III diadem via a 72-56 win over Saratoga HS.
Cognizant of his feat on the hardwood, the Monterey Herald named Kobe as part of its Herald All-County Boys Basketball Team by season’s end.
Even though its all-time leading scorer is set to leave the HS ranks at season’s end, the future of Monterey HS basketball looks to in good hands, as Kobe’s younger brother Tahjae is poised to take over. Showing flashes of what he can do to sustain this momentum of the Toreadores, the sophomore proved to be an able back-up to his older sibling, by dropping 20 points in Monterey’s CCS Division III semifinal victory against Jefferson HS. In that match, Tahjae was unconscious from deep, as he hit six triples to help the Toreadores nab the 75-68 victory.
In all, the Ordonio siblings and the rest of the 2016-17 Toreadores squad had one of the more finer seasons in Monterey HS history as the team finished with a 25-4 win-loss slate, which included a remarkable 17-game winning streak to start their campaign.
Check the video below of Kobe Ordonio’s HS highlights for the Monterey HS Toreadores:
Photos c/o Team Ordonio’s Official Twitter Account