The San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team is a work in progress. Remember it graduated its top nine players from a team that advanced to the state semifinal last March.
So the new look Wolverines are off to a 3-4 start, They did pick up an 86-79 overtime win over L.A. Trade Tech at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic being held this year at Citrus College. They will face a formidable challenge today against the host Owls.
The Wolverines have played their usual tough schedule with early losses to perennial state title contenders Fresno and San Francisco among others. Coach Quincy Brewer likes to challenge his players and the nonconference schedule certinaly does that.
Sophomore guard Keon Pledger is talented. He was a little out of control today and tried too hard to force the action. He scored 22 points but was just 6 of 18 from the field. Brewer said that has not been characteristic of Pledger this season, sio chalk it up to a bad shooting night.
Kirby Gardner had 16 points with David Rawlinson adding 11 with five assists. Big man Thair Heath also looks to have potential he scored 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds. He was with the Wolverines last year but did not play, working his way back from a knee injury. He is going to get better and better as he gains confidence.
The Foothill Conference is loaded again so a repeat will not be easy.