Well it’s over and the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team is officially a state champion.
And this was just the first game of Foothill Conference play!
San Bernardino Valley College (15-2) emerged with an 85-84 win over Antelope Valley in the conference opener for both teams at Snyder Gymnasium. If all conference games are going to be like that, and most coaches think they will be, we’re in for quite a ride.
Both teams had double-digit leads in the second half. Antelope (9-7) was up 76-66 with 4:25 to go so SBVC had to mount the last rally.
The formidable presence of the Wolverines big men was pivotal down the stretch. They finished with 11 blocked shots, five of those by Maurice McGee. McGee’s last came on a driving shot by Nick Bennett with Antelope clinging to an 82-80 lead and 1:22 left.
SBVC eventually went up 85-84 on a fall-away jumper by Nate Roth who was well defended on the play.
Then came more dramatics. Rod Singleton drove the lane and lofted a shot that was poked away by Curtis Wilkinson. Antelope’s Jason Logan scrambled for the loose ball and threw up a shot that was well off the mark. But again the Marauders got the rebound.
This time it was scooped up by Gary Winfield but his last attempt was defended by Wilkinson and Aaron Edwards, although Edwards got credit for the block.
The Chaffey College and San Bernardino Valley men’s basketball teams both look primed and ready for Foothill Conference play which starts Wednesday.
The local teams were both impressive in tournaments last week with the Panthers (9-4) winning the Cougar Classic at College of the Canyons and the Wolverines (11-2) besting the competition at Imperial Valley.
The Foothill Conference is esily the best conference in the state. Last year it qualified five teams for the playoffs and all five win at least a game, with SBVC advancing all the way to the Elite Eight where it lost in triple overtime
Competition should every bit as intense this year.
SBVC may have more depth than any other team in the state. It has interchangeable parts – multiple perimeter threats, multiple ball-handlers, multiple big men. And it has big game experience. Maybe it has TOO many players because some times individual agendas get in the way.
The Panthers are playing the same style they always play – always up-tempo, always entertaining. Sophomores Matthew Wallace and Anthony Cammon have been the stellar performers thus far.
Both begin conference play at home. Chaffey will host much–improved Barstow and SBVC will entertain Antelope Valley, a team it beat 71-70 in tournament play earlier. Both will tip off at 7 p.m., or immediately after women’s games which get underway at 5 p.m.