Chaffey men win playoff opener

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Even Chaffey College basketball coach Jeff Klein knew his team’s 19-1 run to start the game wouldn’t hold up. It didn’t. But the Panthers hung on to beat visiting Bakersfield College 82-78 in the second round of the community college state playoffs.

The game featured two teams that like the up-tempo game so it isn’t unusual for the teams to exchange runs. The teams did that much of the game.

“That’s the way we both play,” Klein said. “It’s a game of runs and fortunately we had the last one. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and they were coming back.”

The eighth-seeded Panthers (27-6) stormed out to a 19-1 lead with the ninth-seeded Renegades (23-10) going 0-for-12 from the field and not managing their first field goal until 13:34 was left in the half.

Bakersfield rallied back and got within two at 40-38 with 40 seconds left but trailed 43-38 at the break.

Chaffey again put some distance between itself and its foe, establishing a double digit lead next at 64-53 with 11:53 left. Again Bakersfield answered, this time cutting it to 68-66 on a bucket by Darrin Dorsey.

It was tight the rest of the way but it was the Renegades making the mistakes down the stretch. Down 77-72 with 2:43 left Bakersfield turned the ball over on two straight possessions. Later trailing 78-72 with 1:14 to play, Dorsey missed two free throws.

The Panthers were eventually pushed. Eion Lewis scored on a runner in the lane to cut the deficit to two at 78-76 with 48 seconds remaining. The Renegades’ Jamar Harrison then stole the ensuing inbounds and went up for an easy two to tie the game for the first
time at 78.

Then it was Chaffey sophomore forward Winston Robinson taking over. He hit two free throws for a two-point lead with 34 seconds to go, then converted two more after yet another Bakersfield turnover, its 23rd of the night with six seconds left.

Robinson tallied 29 while Lamar Williams contributed 12 and Nick Turner 13.

“I like the pressure,” Robinson said. “I feel like I worked hard enough to come through in those situations. I feel comfortable when the game is in my hands.”

Chaffey’s win continued a strong run by the Foothill Conference which qualified five teams for the playoffs. All four that have played thus far have won a playoffs game with San Bernardino Valley College playing a home playoff game tonight against West Los Angeles.

“We feel like we have the toughest conference in the state and those games get us ready for situations like this,” Klein said.

The Panthers advance to play next Saturday against the winner of tonight’s game between Saddleback, the top-seeded team in the Southern region, and No. 17 seed Cerritos.

Pairings set for CCAA women’s tournament

The field and seedings for the 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament came into focus on Friday following the conclusion of the regular season.

The CCAA Championship Tournament will open on Tuesday, March 3, at the site of the top four seeds. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, March 6, at Coussoulis Arena on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. The championship game will take place on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m.

UC San Diego earned the top seed in next week’s postseason tournament and will host eighth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino (10-16, 8-12). The Tritons concluded the regular season with a 26-3 record, including a 19-1 mark in CCAA play.

Humboldt State (21-6, 16-4), winners of eight straight, is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Cal State San Stanislaus (13-14, 8-12). Third-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills (18-9, 13-7) will entertain San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12). The final first-round match-up will pit No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (16-13, 12-8) against No. 5 Chico State (15-12, 11-9).

San Francisco State, which was a 50-43 winner over Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, tied the Coyotes and Cal State Stanislaus for sixth place. The Gators won the tiebreaker based on their better head-to-head record among thre three tied teams.

San Francisco State was 3-1 against the tied teams, while Cal State Stanislaus was 2-2 and Cal State San Bernardino 1-3.

CCAA Tournament Schedule

Tuesday – March 2

First Round (At Campus Sites)

No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino (10-16, 8-12 at No. 1 UC San Diego (26-3, 19-1)

No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus (13-14, 8-12)) at No. 2 Humboldt State (21-6, 16-4)

No. 6 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State Dominguez Hills (18-9, 13-7)

No. 5 Chico State (15-12, 11-9) at No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (16-13, 12-8)

2009 CCAA Tournament Ticket Prices

First Round (at campus sites)

Reserved (if available) — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

Semifinals and Finals

Reserved — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

*Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Cal State Bernardino ticket office at (909) 537-5048 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Cal Poly men get top seed for CCAA tourney

For the second year in a row, tiebreaker formulas had to used to determine the seedings for the 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that opens Tuesday, March 3, at campus sites.

Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino all tied for the regular-season CCAA title after concluding their 20-game conference schedule Friday night.

Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5) earned the top seed in the tournament after factoring in the third tiebreaker criteria, which was best record against the highest-standing team not in the tournament. The Broncos, who will host San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) in an opening-round game, were 2-0 against Cal State L.A., compared to Cal State Dominguez Hills’ 1-1 mark against the Golden Eagles.

Cal State San Bernardino was slotted as the third-seed based on its 9-5 record against tournament teams. Both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills had identical 10-4 marks.

As the No. 2 seed, Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5) will host No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay (14-13, 8-12). Third-seeded Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5), will entertain No. 6 seed Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12).

Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) and UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7) tied for fourth and the Tritons gained the No. 4 seed and a home game after a coin flip.

Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco tied for sixth, and the Seawolves won the tiebreaker based on their better head-to-head record against the three tied teams.

Sonoma State was 3-1, while Cal State Monterey Bay was 2-2 and San Francisco State 1-1.

Following Tuesday’s first-round games, the tournament will shift to Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena for the semifinals and championship game on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

2009 CCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Tuesday – March 3 (At Campus Sites)

No. 8 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5)

No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay 14-13, 8-12) at No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5)

No. 6 Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5)

No. 5 Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) at No. 4 UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7)

2009 CCAA Tournament Ticket Prices

First Round (at campus sites)

Reserved (if available) — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

Semifinals and Finals

Reserved — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

*Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Cal State Bernardino ticket office at (909) 537-5048 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Riverside loses conference opener in baseball

Deuces were wild as defending Orange Empire Conference (OEC) champion Santa Ana College (SAC) opened conference play with an 11-2 win over the Riverside City College (RCC) Tigers Thursday afternoon at the Evans Sports Complex.

The SAC Dons (12-4, 1-0 OEC) posted a pair of runs in each of the first three innings to quickly put Riverside (9-7, 0-1 OEC) in a hole.

In the first inning with two outs, freshman 1B Chris Miller singled to left field and went to second when the ball skipped past sophomore LF Bryce Holland for an error. Miller went to third on a wild pitch before sophomore C James Davis drew a walk. Up stepped sophomore RF Jake Eccles who promptly socked a 0-1 pitch down the left-field line for a two-run double and Santa Ana led, 2-0. Little did anyone realize that Eccles was just getting started on a seven-RBI day.

In the Santa Ana third inning, Davis singled to center and Eccles crushed a 1-1 pitch to straightaway left field for a two-run home run, his team-leading eighth round tripper of the season.

For good measure in the top of the ninth, Eccles capped the four-run uprising with a three-run home run to dead center field for his ninth circuit clout of the year.

Riverside got on the board in the bottom of the third. Sophomore SS Richie Jimenez drew a one-out walk before sophomore C Brett Hambright stroked a run-producing double to right-center field, scoring Jimenez. With two outs, pinch-hitter Landon McMath, who inherited a 0-2 count, took a pitch for ball one and then turned on a 1-2 pitch and laced a RBI-double down the left-field line, plating Hambright.

Santa Ana starter, sophomore LHP Nick Capito went the first six innings and allowed only two earned runs on six hits to improve to 3-0. Riverside starter, Kessler Reifel (0-1) went just 2-1/3 innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits to get the loss.

Both teams return to OEC action on Saturday, Feb. 28, at noon when Riverside visits the Fullerton College Hornets and Santa Ana hosts the Cypress College Chargers.

Broncos win ninth straight game

Sophomore forward Tobias Jahn scored 18 points and snagged eight rebounds to lead the
Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team to its ninth straight game. Jahn was one of four player indouble figures. Austin Swift contributed 13, Robert Summers 12 and
Larry Gordon 11. Gordon also turned in a game-high 11 rebounds.

The win keeps the Broncos (18-6, 14-5) tied for second with Cal
State San Bernardino, one game behind Dominguez Hills, a 70-60 winner
over Sonoma State. The win also avenges a 66-62 loss to the Gators at
Kellogg Gymnasium as the Gators were the last team to beat the

Cal Poly shot 48.9 percent from the field (22-for-49) and finished
with a huge 44-23 advantage on the boards.

Robert Hayes of San Francisco State (14-12, 8-11) led all scorers
with 22.

Cal State men upend Monterey

Clutch free-throw shooting and some key shots from long distance made
the difference as the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team
turned back Cal State Monterey Bay 85-77 Thursday at the Kelp Bed.

The win keeps the Coyotes (16-9, 14-5) tied with Cal Poly Pomona one
game behind Cal State Dominguez Hills with one game left in the
regular season.

Michael Frazier came off the bench with a carer-high 27 points,
including an impressive 7-for-9 showing from long distance. Brandon
Brown added 24 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Devin
Montgomery also came up big with 14 points and eight assists.

Frazier’s seventh 3-pointer of the night came with 3:21 left and gave
the Coyotes a 76-75 lead. They were up 79-77 when Brown hit a jumper
to give the visitors an 81-77 lead wth 1:47 to play.

Both teams missed shots their next possession. The Coyotes put the
game away at the free-throw line where they have had trouble in the
last four games.

The Otters’ Steve Monreal shot an air ball on a
3-pointer and the Coyotes grabbed the rebound. Lawrence Tyson made a
pair of free throws and Tim Denson sealed the victory with a pair
seconds later.

The Coyotes ended up going 21-for-22 from the line. They shot 50
percent from the field (27-for-54).

Broncos move up, Coyotes back in regional poll

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team moved up from fourth to third in the latest Division II West Regional poll released today. Cal State San Bernardino checked back in at No. 10 but will have to work its way up to at least No. 8 to advance to the postseason.

The Broncos have won eight straight games.

Both local teams will be on the road for their last two road games – San Francisco State and Monterey Bay, neither of which is a gimme.

The biggest fall was by Humboldt State which dropped out from sixth after losing to both local teams last weekend.

What it all means is that this year’s CCAA men’s tournament should be a dandy. Last year the top four teams had already sewed up spots in the regional and while they may not have exactly “thrown” their tournament games. They weren’t exactly upset at losing them either.

This year teams are playing for their lives. Humboldt, a perennial West region power, needs to get back in and both San Bernardino and San Diego need to move up. Even Dominguez Hills has a lot at stake as it is in position to host a sub-regional.

1. Brigham Young-Hawaii 18-1 14-0
2. Cal State Dominquez Hills 19-4 19-4
3. Cal Poly Pomona 14-5 14-5
4. Central Washington 13-5 12-5
5. Western Washington 12-5 11-5
6. Seattle Pacific 16-6 14-5
7. St. Martin’s 17-7 14-5
8. Chaminade 12-5 10-4
9. UC San Diego 14-7 14-7
10. Cal State San Bernardino 14-8 14-8

Cal State’s Montgomery earns weekly accolade

Cal State San Bernardino guard Devin Montgomery has been named Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 16-22.

Montgomery, a 6-foot senior from Los Angeles, Calif., played a key role in helping the Coyotes to a pair of victories that enabled them to stay within one game of the CCAA lead heading into the final week of the season. The CSUSB senior averaged 27.0 points and 4.5 assists as Cal State San Bernardino posted wins over Humboldt State and Sonoma State.

In Friday’s 86-84 overtime victory over Humboldt State, Montgomery scored 25 points, collected three assists and a steal in 43 minutes. He scored the Coyotes last six points of the game, making four free throws and scoring on lay-up following a steal.

Montgomery came back on Saturday to tally a career-high 29 points, including 21 in the second half, and totaled five assists in a 92-83 come-from-behind victory over Sonoma State.

Cal State San Bernardino concludes the regular season this week with road contests at Humboldt State and Sonoma State on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Wilson CCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week:
Nov. 17-23: Matt Ibewiro (Cal State Stanislaus);

Nov. 24-30: Andy Bocian (Chico State);

Dec. 1-7: Alex Thomas (San Francisco State);

Dec. 8-14: Robert Hayes (San Francisco State);

Dec. 15-21: Larry Gordon (Cal Poly Pomona);

Dec. 29 – Jan. 3: Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino);

Jan. 4-11: Joe Mitchell (Cal State Monterey Bay);

Jan. 12-18: Austin Swift (Cal Poly Pomona);

Jan. 19-25: Jerrell Smith (Cal State Dominguez Hills);

Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino);

Feb. 2-8: Brandon Brown (Cal State San Bernardino);

Feb. 9-15: Michael Hernandez (Cal State Dominguez Hills);

Feb. 16-22: Devin Montgomery (Cal State San Bernardino).

Redlands men finish with win

In the final home game of the 2008-09 season, the University of Redlands men’s basketball team provided a memorable sendoff for senior Travis Miller (Coto de Caza, CA) with an exciting victory over the Tigers of Occidental College by a score of 63-62.  However, this night stands out in Miller’s mind for one reason in particular as he sank the final layup with 2.7 seconds remaining for the win.

The first half saw a back-and-forth battle with the Bulldogs gaining a six-point edge at the half. Redlands took advantage of Oxy’s 10 turnovers in the opening period, converting them to nine points, which proved to be difference.

The Tigers tied the game at 43 apiece off of a 6-0 run early in the second half. After a Redlands timeout at 14:52, the Bulldogs returned the favor with eight unanswered points to put them up 51-43 with 11:05 remaining.  Oxy eventually closed the gap and moved ahead off of two made free-throws by junior forward Sean Anderson (Burbank, CA) at the five-minute mark.

After trading turnovers, the Tigers converted their next possession on an Anderson dunk, stretching their lead to three points with 3:35 to go. Redlands responded with an important three-pointer by freshman forward Stephen Call (Portola Valley, CA) to tie the game at 61.  Oxy freshman wing Jack Hanley (Seattle, WA) sank just one of his two free throws with 1:29 remaining, which left the door open for Redlands.

Although both teams failed to score on their next possessions, the ball was in the Bulldogs’ hands with four seconds to play.

Following timeouts by both teams, Head Coach Jim Ducey drew up a play for Miller to finish his career as the hero and it worked.  With Oxy tightly defending junior guard Patrick Coffey (San Carlos, CA), who supplied 17 points on the night, Miller went by his defender and cut under the basket for the uncontested layup and the game-winning basket.

With 2.7 seconds remaining, Oxy threw up a last-ditch effort and missed at the buzzer.

Miller contributed a career-high six assists in his final game with the Bulldogs, along with eight points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Sophomore Matt Dietrich (Phoenix, AZ) led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Coffey added 17 points, four steals, and three assists.

For Oxy, Anderson posted a game-high 24 points and 10 boards, while Hanley chipped in 15 points.

Redlands (10-15, 6-8 SCIAC) finishes out the season in sixth place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings, while Oxy placed fifth.

Cal Baptist adds seven to baseball program

California Baptist University Head Baseball Coach Gary Adcock has announced the first seven pieces to the Lancers’ 2009-10 recruiting class

Five of the seven are prep standouts, three of which are from the Inland Empire. The other two are junior college transfers.

“This is a great start to our 2010 recruiting class, and we have targeted some early needs and filled them accordingly,” said Adcock, who has led the Lancers to five straight playoff appearances. “By no means are we done recruiting, and we look forward to the challenge of finding more outstanding student-athletes who fit in our program. With the high school season beginning in March and junior colleges well underway, we will continue to work diligently to shape our 2010 roster.”

Headlining the list is left-handed pitcher Jesse Arreola (Riverside-Patriot HS), who signed back in November. Last season, Arreola was 10-2 with a 1.27 ERA in leading the Warriors to the CIF Semifinals. He had 104 strikeouts in 77 innings and earned All-CIF and All-Riverside County first team honors. He was a prep teammate of 2008 MLB First Round Draft Pick Kyle Skipworth.

“We believe Jesse is the best left-hander in the county,” said Adcock. “He is a proven winner who will make an immediate impact on our team next season.”

Twin brothers Luke and Zach Esquerra (La Habra HS) both turned down NCAA Division I opportunities to play at CBU. Luke, who opted to stay closer to home rather than move across the country to Harvard, is a multiple-tool player with good speed, arm strength and power potential. He will pitch and play the outfield next year. He has led his team in home runs the past two seasons and is a three-time scholar-athlete.

Zach, meanwhile, chose CBU over San Francisco among others. He also has power potential, a plus arm and has good speed. Last year, he was La Habra’s defensive player of the year. Both are members of the Kansas City Royals’ scout ball team.

“Luke is a tremendous all-around athlete and possesses an aggressive style of play on the diamond,” said Adcock. “We are excited to see him develop in our program as a true two-way player. Zach is going to be a special player. His combination of tools is among the best we’ve ever had here during my tenure. He is going to be an exciting player to watch.”

Eric Zaragoza (Ontario Christian HS) is a middle infielder and a team captain and two-time all-league selection.

“Eric is a top-notch middle infielder,” said Adcock. “He was the best high school infielder we worked out all fall, and he possesses a simple swing and great actions and should compete for a starting job instantly.”

Catcher Kody Sepulveda (Paloma Valley HS) hit .333 last year with four home runs and a team-best 26 RBIs on a team that finished 23-4 a season ago. Noted as a gritty player, Sepulveda has a plus arm behind the plate.

“A true grinder, Kody is the type of player that will flourish in our program,” said Adcock. “He possesses a quick release to go along with a quick bat.”

Infielder Braden Schaidt (College of the Desert) and utility Willie Holmes (Chaffey JC) are the two junior college athletes. Schaidt was an All-Foothill League first team selection a season ago after hitting .382 with a team-best eight doubles and 41 RBIs. An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Schaidt is also an excellent student. As a prep standout at Valley View High in Moreno Valley, Calif., Schaidt was All-CIF second team and All-Inland Valley League first team in 2007.

“Braden will be a leader for us on and off the field,” said Adcock. “A tireless worker, he is a disciplined young Christian student-athlete, who we are extremely excited to have aboard.”

Holmes was an All-Foothill first team selection last year after hitting .408 with 14 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBIs for Chaffey.

“Willie will bring back some thunder to our lineup,” said Adcock. “A true power threat, he can make Totman Stadium look small in a hurry. He will be a great compliment to the speed players that we have recruited this year as well as the players currently on our team.

“The coaching staff has done a tremendous job in putting together this talented group–one of the most talented groups we’ve had,” said Adcock. “This combination of speed, power, arm strength and glove work is exciting to envision. We have been able to address our needs for next year’s team and improve upon a high standard that has been set before them.”