The No. 1 South Fullerton College Hornets took on the No. 4 North Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs in the quarterfinal game of the CCCAA State Championships held at Ventura College Thursday night. The Hornets narrowly prevailed 71-68.
The win advances Fullerton to the semifinal game for the second time in four seasons with Head Coach Perry Webster at the helm. It also ended the Bear Cub's successful season with an overall record of 23-8.
Santa Rosa dropped in their first two buckets taking a 4-0 lead to open the game. FC fired back with a three-pointer by Rodrick McCobb. The Bear Cubs pressed back taking a 9-3 lead. FC answered the call with a series of three's that tied it up at 16-16 by 13:47. Fullerton's defense managed to contain SRC's two hot shooters (Skylar Chavez 10 pts ./ Ryan Perez 9 pts.) by the 4-minute mark going on a 11-6 run. By the end of the half, the Hornets owned a 37-31 lead.
In the second half, Fullerton and Santa Rosa continued to battle it out shot for shot. By 10:18, SRC owned a slim 51-49 lead. Coleman II hit a three to tie it up 56-56 at 7:56, but the Bear Cubs went on a 7-0 run taking a 63-56 edge at 6 minutes. The Hornets punched their way back into the lead (67-66) thanks to a trio of deadly three-pointers by Coleman II. With 33 seconds left in the game, Santa Rosa took a 68-67 lead, Coleman II struck again hitting 2 free throws to put the Hornets back up at 69-68. SRC was denied a bucket with 10 seconds left and you know who sealed the game with 2 more free throws... Coleman II. Santa Rosa had a few seconds to launch one more three to tie it up and missed as the last second ticked off the clock. In all, Coleman scored Fullerton's last 13 points to win the game.
It should not shock anyone who watched the game that FC's Coleman II led all scorers with 31 points. He also added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Jailen Moore and Ronne Readus both contributed 12 points each. Readus also had 11 rebounds. Rodrick McCobb chipped in with 9 points in the win.
Santa Rosa dropped in their first two buckets taking a 4-0 lead to open the game. FC fired back with a three-pointer by Rodrick McCobb. The Bear Cubs pressed back taking a 9-3 lead. FC answered the call with a series of three's that tied it up at 16-16 by 13:47. Fullerton's defense managed to contain SRC's two hot shooters (Skylar Chavez 10 pts. Ryan Perez 9 pts.) by the 4-minute mark going on a 11-6 run. By the end of the half, the Hornets owned a 37-31 lead
The defending CCCAA Champions of the City College of San Francisco rallied to stave off a first round upset, ending a miraculous run by the Santa Monica Corsairs, 67-63.
VeIt was a neck-and-neck whistle fest in the first half with a total of 27 fouls between the two teams. The Corsairs briefly held an early 5 point lead after Lucas Zemen swished the first three-pointer of the game, but the Rams' Austin McCullough responded with eleven seconds later with a four-point play to bring his team back within one. He netted a second four-point play just before the 10-minute mark to tie the game at 24, off of Santa Monica's tenth foul of the half. He would ultimately score a game high 16 points in the win, with a little help from Dale Currie's 12 points and three steals off the bench.
The teams traded threes again before Santa Monica would start to pull away with an eight-point lead five minutes later. San Francisco fought back, and with the help of some Corsair fouls and a put-back by Austin Harris, the game was tied again at 36, drawing the Corsairs' first timeout.
By halftime it was just a one-point game, 42-41 in favor of Santa Monica, despite their 17 first half fouls resulting in 12 San Francisco free throw points and a few offensive turnovers.
Santa Monica preserved their lead over the next ten minutes, extending their margin to 59-50 midway through the second half, briefly attempting to slow down the pace of their offense at the 8-minute mark, but had to speed things back up after another pair of offensive turnovers and San Francisco's Walter Urbina held onto a rebound and benefitted from the possession arrow. The Corsairs needed another timeout to compose themselves after their next two frantic possessions ended witout points, as part of a five-and-a-half-minute scoring drought that saw San Francisco retake the lead by two.
After some more back-and-forth scoring, The Rams capitalized on a costly misplay by Marcus Harris in the last minute to tie the game at 63 off Walter Urbina free throw. The Corsairs made things even harder for themselves by calling timeout when they had none left, and San Francisco took the lead on one of the ensuing free throws, and the Rams would not give up the lead again.
Chastin Mouton was Santa Monica's top scorer, dropping 13 points and grabbing three boards in 27 minutes off the bench. Starter Jordan Wilson scored 12 before fouling out, and Kyle Young had game highs for his 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. The Corsairs' 23 turnovers did prove costly, as they resulted in 23 Rams points.
Fresno City 68, Chaffey 56
The Fresno City College Rams waltzed into Ventura College's Athletic Event Center and left with a berth in the 2019 CCCAA Men's Basketball Championship semifinals, defeating the Chaffey College Panthers 68-56 and posting their 26th win in a row, dating all the way back to last November.
The second CCCAA State Quarterfinal game was a ping pong match for the first seven minutes, with the teams tied at 7, 9, and 12 points before Fresno City opened up their lead, going on a 15-3 run and ending the first half with a 33-20 lead. Ethan Richardson led both teams in scoring in the opening frame, netting 12 points for the Rams, who then led by double digits for most of the second half.
Richardson went on to post a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Georgie Dancer dropped 10 points and led his team in assists with five, and reserve players Jared Small and Eljay Gallegos posted 13 and 10 points, respectively. Fresno's frequent full-scale substitutions tired out the Chaffey side, and the Rams bench outscored the Panthers' 23-12.
Isaiah McCullough, Anthony Garcia and Aaron Johnson each notched double digit point totals for the Panthers, while Manu Oulai had a game-high 14 rebounds and a team high five assists. The Panthers didn't waste their 12 offensive rebounds, turning them into 23 second chance points. But after averaging 84.1 points per game, Chaffey was ultimately held to its lowest-scoring effort in all of 2018-19.
The Rams move on to face the winner of the Fullerton-Santa Rosa matfchup, scheduled for later Thursday.
Citrus 70, Sequoias 59
Citrus College stormed out of the gate and into the semifinals with a dominant 70-59 victory over College of the Sequoias to open up the CCCAA Men's Basketball Championships at Ventura College.
The Giants of College of the Sequoias scored first, with TJ Givance sinking a pair of free throws. The 2-0 lead lasted for all of 17 seconds when Sam Gagliardi opened up the scoring for the Owls with a three, and Citrus never looked back.
Sequoias' starters were initially stymied by the Owls' aggressive full-court press and raucous bench early in the first half, not hitting their first field goal until nearly four and a half minutes into the game. Five minutes later, they tied the game at 9-9 with a jumper by Keshawn Gibbs quickly followed by a three-pointer by Savion Johnson, but by halftime Citrus College had amassed a 35-25 lead, aided by Jesse Elrod's trio of three-pointers, including a rare four-point play to lead his team in scoring at the half with 12 points.
Early in the second half, Sequoias went on a 7-0 run, cutting their deficit to two points and drawing Citrus's first timeout. Bobby Santos's three-pointer at 13:29 brought the Giants to within one point of the Owls, who responded with a 10-point run of their own, making it 50-39 with 9:30 left.
Sam Gagliardi led the Owls in scoring with 22 points, adding a couple rebounds and a pair of steals. Colby Orr, Josh Caston, and Jesse Elrod also notched double figures in the points column. While Sequoias dominated in the paint with 26 points for Citrus's 14, the Owls bench put up 29 points for the 14 by the Giants' subs.