SBVC coach benches star for playoff game

One would think that the SBVC basketball players know by now that Coach Quincy Brewer isn’t messing around when he sets down the rules. Well one guy hasn’t learned.

Sophomore forward Maurice McGee was benched for Saturday’s playoff game against Los Angeles Pierce because he showed up late for pregame preparation. This isn’t the first time McGee has been benched but it is a bit surprising he can’t be counted on the day of a playoff game.

If Brewer can’t get through to him, no one can because McGee is his nephew.

The Wolverines prevailed 77-64. It wasn’t the prettiest of games. SBVC never got in synch on offense but played well on defense, holding the Brahmas to 36.4 shooting from the field and forcing 23 turnovers.

They got outrebounded 49-44 which virtually never happens because they have so many strong, athletic big men. McGee’s absence was noteworthy there.

But Orlando Brazier came up big with 20 points and nine rebounds.Tre Brewer contributed 11 with reserve D’Shaun Holden adding 10.

SBVC, winner of 19 straight games, now will host Chula Vista Southwestern at 7 p.m. next Saturday.Southwestern upset Bakersfield at Bakersfield Friday so the Wolverines are going to need a better effort next time.

But if the coach has his full complement of players it shouldn’t be a problem.


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CCAA braintrust drops the ball . . . again

This is the third year the CCAA will be having a conference tournament to determine its automatic playoff qualifier. One would think by now the folks in that office would have the seeding process down. I guess that is asking too much.

The position CCAA officials put some of the teams in because they didn’t have their act together is inexcusable. There always seems to be a tie somehwere between multiple teams, usually three or more. Maybe they should be prepared. No one seems to know what the tiebreaker is or how it is applied. That should be ironed out beforehand and all the teams should know the deal.

So the women’s games all get finished on Friday and there is a four-way tie for seventh between Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Dominguez HIlls, Cal State Stanislaus and Sonoma State – all at 9-13. Two are getting in and two are not.

 The first word comes down at 7:30 p.m, or so. The Coyotes are in., The first tiebreaker being their 4-2 record against the other three they are tied with. Two others are 3-3 and the other at 2-4.

Whoops! Not so fast. Word comes down about an hour later, they’re not in. That tiebreaker was used to eliminate one team – Stanislaus. But now there’s a three-way tie and after that tiebreaker the Coyotes are out. Supposedly that tiebreaker is record against teams in the tournament. The Coyotes were 1-11 and the other three teams 2-12. That’s laughable because all the teams play the same number of games. So they can’t even add.

And usually when tiebreakers come into play you work your way down. Decide the No. 7, then apply a tiebreaker for No. 8. Not eliminate one, then eliminate another. In that case the Coyotes win the first tiebreaker but don’t get rewarded. How is that fair?

So Cal State athletic director Kevin Hatcher places a call to get lobby for his school. He said calls were then placed to the basketball liasons who happen to be reps from Chico State and Sonoma. They confirm that he is indeed right. One more call goes out to the CCAA President who is from UC San Diego. He agrees too.

So it’s 10 p.m. and the Coyotes are back in . . . at least for the moment.

Dominguez and Sonoma State are in the hunt for the final berth and are even on every other criteria . . whatever that may be. That spot is decided on a coin flip. A coin flip! Dominguez is in.

I feel bad for all the schools involved that those who run the conference can’t get it right! Even the teams not directly involved were victims. Cal Poly Pomona coach Scott Davis spent two hours after his game, preparing for Dominguez Hills because that is who he was first told he was playing. Then he finds out he’ll be playing the Coyotes, only because he got a text from one of his players who got a text from a player she knows from San Bernardino.

Two years ago on the men’s side there was a four-way tie for first and a four-way tie for fifth. They didn’t get that right either. One would think they learned from that. Apparently not!

For what it’s worth here is the rundown on Tuesdays’ quarterfinal games  . . .


No. 8 Dominguez Hills at No. 1 UC San Diego

No. 7 San Bernardino at No. 2 Cal Poly Pomona, 5:30 p.m.

No. 6 San Francisco at No. 3 Chico State

No. 5 Monterey Bay at No. 4 Humboldt State


No. 8 Cal State L.A. at No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Sonoma State at No. 2 Humboldt State

No. 6 San Francisco at No. 3 San Bernardino, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Chico State at No. 4 Dominguez Hills



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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,  

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