BARSTOW • One of the qualities of being a leader is making those around you perform at their best.
Barstow boys basketball coach Prestonn Biggs says Cody Boston has taken on that role and made his teammates "that much better," including his twin brother Joseph Boston.
When Biggs took over the as the Aztecs' coach last season, he relied on Cody to be the main scorer by running the offense through him.
This season Cody has added responsibilities.
"Cody has found a way to take on the facilitator role very well," Biggs said. "He doesn't have to come out and just score points for us anymore because we're a more rounded team now."
Joseph has also learned to embrace a new role on the team as he, along with his brother, is a team captain.
Biggs said the role as captain has changed Joseph's mentality on the court because he was so accustomed to "just going out on the court and playing."
According to Biggs, Joseph's strengths are rebounding, catching lobs and throwing down dunks.
"Joseph feeds off of that stuff," Biggs said. "When he is running around and throwing down dunks, that's when he is at his best because it also brings up his efforts on the defensive end. Part of the reason that Joseph has had such a good season is because Cody has been finding him all season long."
The most noticeable physical distinction between the brothers is Joseph's long, curly hair compared to Cody's shorter, curly hair. Joseph also has a one-inch height advantage, 6-foot-7 vs. 6-foot-6.
Their season statistics are also similar. Cody has averaged 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game, compared to Joseph's 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
While many believe in twins sharing a special connection, the Bostons say their chemistry is a result of playing street ball together since fifth grade. They never played organized basketball until their freshman year of high school.
"We just used to play on the street and we know what each other likes," Cody said. "He knows what I like to do on the court handling the ball, and I know what he likes to do. I like to shoot the ball, so you can will see me up top shooting. Joseph likes to drive the ball and rise up on somebody. In every situation I know what he will do. That's why I know I can throw the ball up and he will catch it and do something with it."
Although Joseph loves to dunk, he doesn't do it just for his personal satisfaction or to help pick up his energy level on defense. Joseph said he enjoys dunking because it helps get his team going and also pumps up the crowd. Joseph said he feels a need to hustle on the court every play because he has to try the best for his team and doesn't want to let them down.
Signs of leadership.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.