One up, one down in JC playoffs

Well it was one winner and one loser among the locals as the junior college playoffs started on Friday.

The San Bernardino Valley College women defeated Palomar 58-55 in most dramatic fashion as freshman Janelle Junior hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds for the final margin of victory.It was the only bucket of the game for Junior, who had been a pivotal player in SBVC’s stretch run.

Tanee Denson-Griffen tallied 21 points and seven rebounds. She was the lone player in double figures although Kimberly Kipp had nine rebounds and seven blocks, while playing on a very bad knee. Paige Haynes had nine points.

No. 7 SBVC (25-5) now plays the winner of Ventura and Cypress, most likely to be Ventura.

The No. 11 Chaffey men were on the other side of a thriller but came up short, losing to No. 6 Saddleback 66-64. Anthony Cammon led the way with 21 points while Mo Hughley had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Second-leading scorer Matthew Wallace was held to seven poinbts.

Ironically, the SBVC women beat Palomar in the same round last year and the Chaffey men lost a buzzer-beater to the same team, although it was one round later.

The SBVC men are up tonight, hosting L.A. Pierce at 7 p.m. The pressure is squarely on the Wolverines, who are the top seed in the South,