Chaffey men’s team looks like formidable foe

With fall sports now completely over, it’s time to see what local basketball teams have to offer. Today’s stop was at Rio Hondo College where the Chaffey men were squaring off against Foothill Conference foe Barstow in a consolation bracket game of the Roadrunner Roundup.

The Panthers (7-4) cruised to a 92-56 win. They have lots of players who can shoot it. Chaffey hit 13 3-pointers and most were from NBA distance.Kenny Morgan hit four of his six tries, all in the first half. Justin Long hit three 3′s while Justin Cole and Ryan Nitz each had two.

Three-pointers can be one of those feast or famine things. As long as you make your share everything is going. You can look vulnerable when they’re not going in.

The Panthers took pretty good care of the basketball, commiting just seven turnovers. That’s also a good sign.

Chaffey is the defending Foothill Conference champion and should be right in the mix again.

Barstow (5-6) is going to need to do better handling the ball or it is going to be in big trouble. The Vikings had 23 turnovers, most of those not necessarily forced. Zeke DeBlase, whom coach Reggie Howard thought was going to be his point guard, is out with a shoulder injury which could be season-ending.

Howard is relying on Abdulsamad Zaid to fill the void. He has moved from shooting guard to poijnt out of necessity and scored a team-high 19 with five assists but he had four turnovers.