Citrus College 70, College of the Sequoias 59—Citrus was consistent with 35 points in each half and took down Sequoias in the quarterfinals opener of the CCCAA tournament played at Ventura College. Coach Rusty Smith’s Visalia-based squad shot 44%, 46% and 70% but took 10 less overall attempts plus 16 less three-point tries than the victors. One critical differential: Citrus finished as a plus 7 in made treys.

“Citrus powers its way past College of the Sequoias, 70-59, to earn spot in CCCAA Semifinals”

Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor

“COS men’s basketball season ends in Ventura” Nick Giannandrea

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Fresno City College 68, Chaffey College 56— Frontcourter Ethan (Madera High) Richardson played extra large with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs jumped out early on Chaffey to win 68-56. FCC shot 50% to just 33% for the Southlanders.

“Fresno City starts fast, withstands Chaffey challenge to punch ticket to CCCAA Semifinals, 68-56” Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor

“Fresno City two wins from claiming record men’s basketball state championship” Nick Giannandrea

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City College San Francisco 67, Santa Monica College 63—After a 42-41 first half Santa Monica lead, City College came back to take the game with a 26-21 second 20 minutes as Austin McCullough’s 21 points led the victors and teammate Dale (Sheldon High) Currie provided 12 points, six boards and three steals. The Rams garnered 43 free throw attempts, making 25 and SMC committed 23 turnovers, 17 by its starting five.

“Defending champion San Francisco rallies to avoid upset to Santa Monica, 67-63” Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor

“City College men’s basketball advances to semifinals with CCCAA playoff win” Patrick Cochran

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Fullerton College 71, Santa Rosa Junior College 68

Lance (St. Mary’s High-Stockton) Coleman II provided 31 points (but shot 10-25) plus 13 boards as the Orange County-ites pulled it out at the end to move into the semi-finals. Skylar (Drake High) Chavez totaled 28 points plus nine rebounds for the Bear Cubs and teammate Ryan (Petaluma High) Perez contributed 17 points. Fullerton shot just 34.8% (23-66) overall and 13-40 from long distance.

“Fullerton avoids Santa Rosa’s upset bid, 71-68, to join other top seeds in CCCAA Men’s Basketball Championship semis” Brian Mellblom, CCCSIA contributor

“SRJC men fall just short, 71-68, as playoff run ends” Albert Gregory

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NCAA (Thursday)

Carlos (El Cerrito High) Johnson exploded for 31 points as Grand Canyon University bested Seattle University 84-75. Johnson also grabbed seven rebounds. Utah Valley University is next in a Western Athletic Conference semi-final pairing.

Hoop Dirt: “There have been at least five interviews held in Las Vegas so far for the vacant job at Cal Poly.

The names that I’ve heard are: Gus Argenal (assistant coach Nevada), Tarvish Felton (assistant coach Fresno State), and Danny Yoshikawa (assistant coach St. Mary’s). I can also confirm that a PAC-12 assistant has interviewed, as well as an assistant from a high-academic school. More on this one as I hear it.”

Simpson University Men’s Basketball: “Excited to announce the Commitment of 5’11 PG Christian Alvis from @ccfalcon Christian was a big part of the Falcons final 4 run last year! Welcome to the @GoRedHawks family Christian!”

He is a sophomore at Cerritos College.

JUCO Recruiting: “Broc Finstuen (6’4, G, 2019) of Casper College has received an offer from Pacific.”

He averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 boards and 3.8 assists this season while shooting 57%, 41% and 76%.

Lakeshow Hoops: “Congrats to Sheldon 6’8 Senior Brennen Newsom (@BrennenNewsom) offer from Lewis & Clark State…”

“Chabot Duo McGlory, Brown Soaring As Elite Student-Athletes.  Gladiators’ stars working hard on and off the court, serving as great ambassadors of the program and community college” Matt Schwab

“(Daniel) Rosenbaum Named Google Cloud Academic All-American”

“… (Joey) Hewitt Garner NABC All-District Honors”

Kyle Roach with all-Region honors: “Roach, a two-time first team All-Northwest Conference selection and the 2018 NWC Player of the Year, garnered all-region recognition for the second year in a row. He was a first team all-region honoree in 2018. The senior wing from Marinwood, California concluded his Pirate career with 1,654 points, the fifth highest total in Whitworth men’s basketball history. Roach averaged 18.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game during the 2018-19 season. He scored a season-high 38 points in his final game as a Pirate during the NWC Tournament final at Whitman and he had 35 in the victory over George Fox on February 9th. Roach was an NABC Division III All-American in 2018.”

“Aaron Gordon Is Ready for Stardom. The Magic Remain a Question Mark.” Howard Megdal

“Why students are banned from Los Gatos vs. Palo Alto sports contests
The high schools are longtime rivals in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza Division” Darren Sabedra/Phil Jensen

As voted on by the head coaches, the Mountain West Conference just announced its individual awards in addition to First Team, Second Team, Third Team, Honorable Mention and All Defense selections, 33 in total. San Jose State University did not have a single player honored.

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