CCCAA State Championships: Semifnals

ABOVE: Mt. SAC’s Ashley Adams defends Fresno’s
Blakely Goldberg during Friday’s 70-64 victory in the
CCCAA quarterfinals.

I just arrived at Selland Arena in Fresno for day 2 of the California Community College Athletic Association state basketball championships.
Mt. San Antonio College, which has won the women’s title the past three seasons and four out of the past five, faces San Joaquin Delta at 5 p.m., while Pasandea City, which is making its fifth trip tot he final four in the past six seasons, faces top-ranked Ventura at 7 p.m.
The Mounties received 19 points from Jordan Kuzma and a key hoop from former Diamond Ranch star Eliza Dy to beat Fresno in the quarterfinals. PCC, getting a rebound follow from Allegra Kohley with 3.3 seconds left, survived overtime to defeat City College of San Francisco. They face a Ventura team, which is 34-0, but only beat Foothill of Los Altos, 60-59.
I will post updates on both games here, mainly at the 15, 10 and five-minute marks as well as the final score. Click thread to read and hope you enjoy

2:46 p.m. Update: I know this thread is just for Mt. SAC and PCC, but I’m watching the men’s semifinal between San Joaquin Delta and Saddleback, and I’ve just witnessed one of the worst calls, I think I’ve ever seen. Delta was clinging to a 53-50 lead after made free throw. Saddleback’s Franklin Session sprinted down the left sideline, and from behind the arc, leaned in on a jumper, drawing a gift, er, foul with 3.3 seconds left. He then made all three to force OT.
One other observation: It’s too bad Citrus was upset in the regional finals, because from what I’ve seen here this weekend, the Owls would have definitely made the finals in defense of the 2008 state championship…
3:03 Update:….and there’s no withdrawl from the Karma bank for Saddleback, which wins, 62-59, on Terrell Mack’s 3-point bomb with 2 seconds left in the extra period.
4:09 Update: The CCCAA just released the men’s all-state team, and it includes Citrus’ Troy Payne, who is on the first team, and Justin Johnson, who is honorable mention.
5:02 Update: Riverside, which was the No. 7 seed in the South, just beat City College of San Francisco, 61-57, and will play Saddleback for the men’s title. The Mt. SAC came will tip off in about 20 minutes.
Another observation: All the games this weekend have been close, with Mt. SAC’s win over Fresno City and Saddleback’s victory over Reedley being the biggest margins at six points. This was not the case, where both Mt. SAC and Citrus had blow-out wins in their respective openers.
5:23 Update: …and we are on the way, and Delta takes the early lead on a basket by Natalie Montes at 19:40 for the 2-0 lead.
5:29 Update: Jessica Dela Cruz and Ashante Reid bury back-to-back 3s, Montes hits from 8 and Sylvonya Moore gets an inside shot and Delta is up 12-4 at 13:52. Mt. SAC is just 1 for 10, a 3-point play by Alexsis Brown.
5:42 Update: Brittney Lewis buried two 3s to get Mt. SAC back into it at 14-12 with 10:08 left. But Delta countered with consecutive baskets before Ashley Adams takes a pass from Brown for a layup and its 18-14 with 7:54 to play.
5:54 Update: Montes hits four free throws and Delta has the lead up to 10 at 30-20 with 3:08 to play.
5:58 Update: We are at halftime, with Delta up, 30-25. Mt. SAC got it back to a 5-point deficit after a putback by Na’Challe Catron and 3-pointer by Lewis.
Halftime stats: Delta’s Montes leads all scorers with 14 points. Mt. SAC is led by Lewis with 11. Adams has nine. The Mounties who had 25 turnovers last night, have 11 at the half. Delta has 13.
6:17 Update: And this not looking good for the 3-peaters. Montes drops in a layup, Dela Cruz buries a 3 and Lanaija Ernest completes a fastbreak with a layup and the lead is 10 at 37-27 with 17:25 left. Can the Mounties rally? We shall see.
6:23 Update: Delta gets back to back fastbreak layups off turnovers and its 42-31 with 15:01 left.
6:29 Update: Don’t look now, but the Mounties are making a push. They are in the middle of a 9-2 run after CeCy Cuevas hits from 11 and Dy gets a steal and a 9-foot jumper to make it 45-40 with 11:51 left.
6:44 Update: Mt. SAC follows its 9-2 run with a 5-0 surge to tie at 45-45 with 10:39 left, but Delta doesn’t fold and counters with a 5-0 run of its own for a 50-45 lead wieth 8:13 to play. De La Cruz then nails a 3 and its 55-49 with 6:19 to play. The Mounties cut it to 55-51 before Montes makes a free throw to make it 56-51 with 4:07 left.
6:50 Update: De La Cruz hits a big 3 to push it to 59-51 with 3:17 left. Mt. SAC gets the ball back twice, but consecutive turnovers keep it at 59-51 with 2:20 to play.
6:55 Update: It’s about over Ernest hits two free throws for a 63-53 lead, and Dy misses a 3, with the rebound going to Delta with 54 seconds left. De La Cruz is fouled. She makes one, and we have a time out with Delta up by 11 with 54 seconds left.
7:06 Update: And it’s over Delta closes the door and scores a 70-55 victory to end the Mounties three stranglehold of the CCCAA. It’s also the earlies the Mounties have lost in a state championships tournament game since losing in the quarterfinals in 2003. The Mounties won the first of their four titles the next season.
7:33 Update:The Pirates get some early 3s and are off to a 13-9 lead with 16:31 left in the half. Is this the same Ventura team I saw Friday struggle with Foothill. It doesn’t look like.
7:45 Update: Just wait a minute, Ventura. The Lancers, behind the slick shooting of Melia Basavand go on a big run and take a a 31-26 lead with 8:29 left.
7:51 Update:Basavand continues to find the rhythm and the lead is 34-27 with 7:37 left.
8:05 Update: And we are at halftime and Ventura takes a 47-46 lead into the break afer Kris King gets a putback with 3 seconds left in the half.
8:19 Update: And here are your halftime stat leaders: Basavand has 12 points and Kim Smith and Johnson have 11 each for PCC. Erika Ward has 22 for Ventura.
8:28 Update: Easter Faafiti gets into the show and drops in a couple of layups and PCC takes a 55-51 lead with 16:36 to play.
8:38 Update: And its beginning to look like the Lancers will play for the title. Johnson gets a layup at 13:33 and Basavand follows with a 3-pointer at 12:48 before Kim Smith makes two free throws for a very comfortable 69-57 lead with 11:16 left.
8:53 Update: Basavand continues to have the hot hand hitting two big 3-pointers and Smith follows witha 3-point play for a 81-65 lead with 5:03 left. It’s now 84-69 with just 4:03 to play. Can you say championship game, PCC?

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