SBVC men to face Foothill in Elite Eight on Friday

The San Berndino Valley College men’s basketball team opens play in the CCCAA Elite Eight at 5 p.m. on Friday at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The next foe for Quincy Brewer’s Wolverines (30-2), who have won 20 straight games, will be Foothill (22-7).

That seems to bode well for SBVC, the No. 1 seed out of the South, as Foothill is the No. 4 out of the North. Foothill was only the No. 14 seed in the North draw so they are the Cinderella story of the playoffs thus far.

The Owls do play in a competitive conference with their most notable foes being Ohlone and San Francisco, so they can not be overlooked.

The one man playing like a beast right now is Orlando Brazier – 45 points and 24 rebounds in the last two playoffs games. I like SBVC’s athleticism and depth. They also have the experience, with an entire team of players that went to the Elite Eight last year, only to lose in triple overtime because they couldn’t make a free throw.

All the games will be well worth watching if you’re in the area!

Here is the men’s quarterfinal schedule . . .

Game 1
Irvine Valley (S-3) vs. San Francisco (N-2), 1 p.m.

Game 2
Saddleback (S-4) vs. Ohlone (N-1), 3 p.m.

Game 3
Foothill (N-4) vs. San Bernardino (S-1), 5 p.m.

Game 4
San Jose City (N-3) vs. Citrus (S-2), 7 p.m.

The women’s quarterfinals are on Thursday. Here is that schedule too.

Game 1
Pasadena (S-4) vs. San Francisco (N-1), 1 p.m.

Game 2
Mt. San Antonio (S-3) vs. Santa Rosa (N-2), 3 p.m.

Game 3
Chabot (N-4) vs. Fullerton (S-1), 5 p.m.

Game 4
Laney (N-3) vs. Ventura (S-2), 7 p.m.

 

 

 

Coyotes repeat at CCAA Tournament champions

The Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes won the rubber match between neighborhood rivals, beating Cal Poly Pomona 58-52 in the CCAA Tournament final at Humboldt State. Both teams looked like teams playing three games in as many nights. Throw in a brutal travel schedule and it isn’t surprising both teams were not at their best.

The game was Cal Poly’s for the taking. The Broncos were up 52-46 with3:26 left. Tournament MVP Bryan Le Duc made two free throws, then came a Cal Poly turnover, then a 3-pointer by Aaron Hill. now it’s 52-51.

Then another turnover (Kind of sounds like the last minute of the SBVC game) . The Coyotes miss a free throw but Devon Davis gets the putback and its 53-52 Coyotes. LeDuc hit a 3-pointer late to put it away.

Now they will wait to see where theyt are going for the regional and what the pairings will be. Knowing both coaches, I have to think they would rather not play each other for a fourth time. Typically teams in the same conference would rather play someone else first.

Sounds like the folks at Humboldt State did a great job hosting the event, That is not surprising. But the attendance for the men’s final was just 290. Really! The fans at Humboldt are the first to pound their chest and talk about what great fans they are. Yes they sell out at home, What else is there to do in Arcata?  But it’s a little surprising more didn’t turn out for the final game – even if it were to boo public enemny No. 1 and public enemy No. 2.

Attendance for the women’s game, which preceded the men’s and did include the host school, was about 900. So no one stuck around.

Hopefully both teams can overcome the rigorous schedule and put in good showings at the West Regional. Pairings are usually announced on Sunday but are being delayed because some Pac West teams have makeup games on Monday night. That is a result of games being postponned because of the threat of a Tsunami a week ago.

 

SBVC men win another thriller, advance to Elite Eight

The SBVC men’s basketball team did it again! This time it was Aaron Edwards lofting up a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to give the Wolverines an 80-77 win over Southwestern in a Southern California Regional Final.

It was the 20th straight win and sends SBVC into the Elite Eight for the second straight year. The tournament will not be in Fresno this year. It will be at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

It wasn’t looking good for the home team. It was down 77-72 but scored eight points in the last 37 seconds. It helped that the Jaguars completely melted down and forgot out to inbound.

The furious finish started when Nate Roth hurled up a 3, (he was four steps beyond the arc at the top of the key), with 28 seconds left. That made it 77-75. Then there was a scramble for a loose ball at the same end. Orlando Brazier came up with it and threw it in to Maurice McGee for an easy two – tie game 77-77 with 15 seconds left.

Again the Jaguars threw the ball away. After a time out SBVC got the game-winner. Roth passed th ball to Sydney Hall, who everyone in the gym thought was taking the shot. He has been the guy in that situation all year. But he deferred to Aaron Edwards who had a more open shot – nothing but net.

Brazier was a beast – 25 points and 15 rebounds. He has been the guy coming up huge in the playoffs. No one else wa in double figures although McGee had nine. Hall, Roth and Tre Brewer had eight each. Hall also had seven assists.

Great game! .

 

SBVC player missing, at least so far

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team is on the court getting ready for a 7 p.m., game against Chula Vista Southwestern., One player is no where to be found, at least not yet. That’s Maurice McGee.

The only reason it’s a little odd is that coach Quincy Brewer benched him for last Saturday’s game because he was late showing up for pregame. The Wolverines won without him. Brewer was disappointed because he said McGee had the best week of practice he has had in his two years at the school.

I’ll definitely be checking into that situation. McGee is the team’s leading scorer. The Wolverines have a lot of depth so they can win without him but it will be tougher. Then again it might be better because having a player not on the same page with the rest of the team can also be a distraction.

If Brewer did kick him off the team it’s an admirable move for a team with so much on the line. But it also shows that the coach doesn’t put up with crap from anyone.

SBVC has won 19 games in a row but Souithwestern is no slouch. It has won 18 straight.Southwestern has a very large (a round) player in Charles Joseph. But the Wolverines have three athletic big men to throw at him, even without McGee,

We’ll see

Well Maurice is here. He wasn’t out on the court early when players were shooting around but did come out for the final few minutes. He is not starting though. We’ll see when and if he makes his first appearance in the game.

McGee made his first entrance with 11:20 left in the first half. He ended up playing 17 minutes (of the 40) with nine points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Coyotes, Broncos to square off in tournament final

Well the CCAA braintrust may have decided to ship the conference tournament all the way north to thriving metropolis of Arcata but that doesn’t mean Southern California teams still aren’t the cream of the crop.

The championship game on the men’s side will be an All-Inland Empire affair as top seed Cal Poly Pomona square off against local rival Cal State San Bernardino, which was seeded third. Game time is 7:30 p.m. If you want to view the game go to the CCAA website (GoCCAA.org) and follow the links. The quality of the broadcast is pretty good.

The game will also be aired on KCAA-AM (1050) which carries all Coyote games.

The Coyotes advanced with a hard-fought 64-55 win over the host Lumberjacks. It is a tough place to play for sure but the Coyotes seem to have the Lumberjacks number, winning 11 of 15 meetings. Losing the last time they were there sure had to be some incentive. Junior point guard Corey Caston was nothing short of spectacular, knocking down all the big shots.

Meanwhile the Broncos survived Chico State, blowing a 17-point lead but winning 80-77. A desperation jack from three-quarters court by Jay Flores lipped off the rim. It would have been something had THAT gone in.

Cal State and Cal Poly have played twice this season, with each wining on the road. Now it’s on neutral court. It will be interesting to see who the Humboldt faithful root for, if they show up. My guess is it will be Pomona because San Bernardino seems to be public enemy No. 1

The Broncos have won 15 games in a row. The one thing the Broncos have going for them is Dwayne Fells and Donnelle Booker are playing far better now than they were in either of the previous meetings between the teams. Fells had a career-high 19 against the Wildcats on Friday.

More food for thought . . . There is a pretty good shot the two could be squaring off again next week in the West Region tournament, likely to be held in Seattle. The Broncos are currently ranked third which means they would draw the No. 6 in the quarterfinal. The Coyotes are currently seventh but could very well move up, even if they lose tonight, based on their win Tuesday over a quality San Fran team as well as Friday’s win over No.; 5 Humboldt

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Best season in school history ends for Redlands women

The University of Redlands women’s basketball team fought till the end but came up short, losing to Puget Sound 54-42 in a first round playoff game Friday at George Fox University in Oregon.

It was the first trip to the playoffs in school history for the Bulldogs. It hurts to come up short when you fought through so much adversity all season. The Bulldogs were plagued by injuries all season and had to pull off big wins over their two niggest rivals in the last week of the season in Cal Lutheran and Occidental.

Then they had to beat those same two opponents again in the SCIAC Tournament. They did just that.

So while it hurts to lose, the Bulldogs can be proud. They set the school record for wins with 22. They also set the bar higher for the next team. These players were part of the first playoff team in school history. They might make it again next year but there is always something about the first.

Redlands will graduate just two players, good ones in Ali Bueno and Meghan Yetman. But with the players they have coming back and the experience gained this season the Bulldogs will be a formidable foe again next season. 

Cal Poly women fall in CCAA semis

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team lost to Chico State 71-56 in CCAA Tournament semifinal play today at Humbdolt State.

It isn’t surprising since it took three flights to get the entire team to the thriving metropolis of Arcata. Flights canceled, rescheduled, connecting flight canceled, drive seven hours. It was indeed a circus for the Broncos. It’s also the reason a CCAA Tournament doesn’t need to be held there.

It is too hard to get a team, let alone two (the Bronco men play later tonight), there on such short notice. Humboldt folks will lament they have to travel all the time and that is true but this is a lot of teams to inconvenience when you have one day to make arrangements.

Supposedly the crowd there is great. Well there are about 100 people at the women’s game taking place right now that involves the Lumberjacks.

No the tournament doesn’t always have to be in the South. But at least there are plenty of flights in and out of the Bay area.

Now coach Scott Davis will wait. The Broncos were ranked fifth in the region which would appear good enough to get the team into the regional. But if Humboldt wins the women’s title Cal Poly could get bumped.

It would be a shame because the Broncos are deserving, more so than the Lumberjacks who have laid an egg the last two weeks of the season with lame losses to East Bay and Cal State Stanislaus, two of the worst teams in the conference.

 

Season ends for CMS men’s basketball team

The season ended for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps basketball teams as the Stags were turned back by Chapman 58-47 on Thursday in a first round playoff game. The win avenged an earlier loss as the Panthers were beaten by CMS by a one point early on.

It was a great atmosphere for college basketball. The Hutton Sports Center was packed with fans from both schools. Students on the Chapman side didn’t sit down even once.

SCIAC Player of the Year Chris Blees had a particularly bad night scoring just seven points on 2-for-13 shooting from the field. He shot an air ball on a 3-pointer in the first half and pretty much heard it from the crowd every time he touched the ball after that.

Welcome to playoff basketball on the road.

The CMS followers returned the favor when one of the Chapman players did the same.

The game was even at 44-all but CMS managed just three points in the last seven minutes., It was a combination of everything – turnovers, missed free throws, not getting the key rebound.

CMS coach Ken Scalmanini was going for his 200th career win in his 12 years at the school. He’ll have to wait until next year. CMS ends a still-solid season at 21-7. Chapman improves to 24-2.

Chapman has a couple of area players, both pretty good ones. Griffin Ramme had 21 points while Justin Riley had six points, seven rebounds, three steals and a monster block. Both are out of Damien High School.

 

Cal State’s Webster earns weekly honor

Cal State San Bernardino’s Gene Webster, Jr. has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Golfer of the Week for the week of March 1-7.

Webster, a senior from San Bernardino, turned in a career-best performance in claiming individual medalist honors at the 17-team Coyote Classic that was contested in earlier this week at the par-70 Arrowhead Country Club.

After opening with a 1-under par 69 in Monday’s first round, Webster came back on Tuesday to shot 63-64 for a 54-hole score of 14-under par 196 and seven shot victory.

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CCAA Golfers of the Week

Sept. 25-30: Kyle Souza (Chico State); Oct. 2-6: Joe Aldis (Cal State San Bernardino), Sylvester Gama (Chico State); Oct. 9-13: Sylvester Gama (Chico State); Oct. 14-20: Kyle Souza (Chico State); Oct. 21-27: Patrick Bauer (Sonoma State); Feb. 3-9: Ryan Indovina (Cal State Dominguez Hills); Feb 21-28: Jonathan Cockerill (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 1-7: Gene Webster, Jr. (Cal State San Bernardino).

 

Redlands swimmers earn SCIAC honors

Freshman Allie Bollella and sophomore Tyler Harp of the University of Redlands swimming & diving program earned Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Week honors for the women and men, respectively, for the week of Feb. 22-28, as announced on Wednesday by the conference office.
 
Bollella earned the SCIAC Women’s Athlete of the Year Award for swimming & diving after winning three individual events and competing on four relays that placed among the top two at the 2010 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships from Sunday, Feb. 21, through Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Bollella clocked an NCAA “A” qualifying time in the 200 freestyle (1:52.33) and registered NCAA “B” marks in the 50 freestyle (23.70, prelims) and the 100 freestyle (51.79). She contributed her talents to four Bulldog relays (200 freestyle relay, second place, 1:36.69; 200 medley relay, second place, 1:50.10; 800 freestyle relay, first place, 7:42.42; 400 freestyle relay, second place, 3:30.70), three of which met NCAA “B” qualification.

In addition, she set three individual program records and three relay program records while lowering the SCIAC meet standards in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay. Also, her 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle performances eclipsed the former SCIAC overall standards in those respective events.
 
Harp won the SCIAC Men’s Athlete of the Year Award for swimming & diving for the second time in as many years following the 2010 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships, which occurred from Sunday, Feb. 21, through Tuesday, Feb. 23. He took home the conference title in three individual events and participated on four first-place relays. Harp achieved an NCAA “A” cut in the 200 freestyle (1:39.32) and clocked NCAA “B” standards in the 50 freestyle (20.77) and the 100 freestyle (45.30).

He also competed on four of Redlands’ first-place relays (200 freestyle relay, 1:23.49; 200 medley relay, 1:33.21; 800 freestyle relay, 6:46.10; 400 freestyle relay, 3:03.78), all of which gained NCAA “B” qualification. Harp lowered the program and SCIAC overall standard in the 200 freestyle, while his 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay teams also set program and SCIAC overall marks. This marks Harp’s third athlete of the week honor. He was previously given the distinction on Feb. 10, 2010 and Feb. 19, 2009.
 
The SCIAC Athletes of the Week are voted on by the conference’s eight sports information directors on a weekly basis.