The rise of the Capital Christian basketball program continues.
Once relegated to competing on a carpeted floor on campus as a newer school in the 1980s, the Cougars have since high-stepped their way into bigger and better digs, and into Sac-Joaquin Section prominence.
Capital Christian (26-8) has won four consecutive section titles, and it was Bee-ranked No. 1 all of last season, advancing to the CIF Northern California Open Division final at Sleep Train Arena. Now in Division IV, the Cougars, riding an 11-game winning streak, face Saint Mary's of Albany for NorCal honors Saturday at American Canyon at 6 p.m.
One full time holdover from last season is guard Justice Shelton-Mosley, a leader on and off the floor and headed to Harvard to study and play football. He averages 12.2 points, just behind junior guard Tiegen Jones, who averages a team-high 13.2, and and freshman guard Zachary Chappell, who scores 10.9.
Jones is the son of coach Devon Jones.
"It's been fun playing for my dad," Tiegen Jones said after the section title win over Liberty Ranch of Galt. "I think he's enjoying it as well."
He is. Coach Jones said all of the players are like sons to him. The mandate now, the coach said, is to finish strong.