STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (West Hills College Lemoore)
Quarterfinals – Fri., Mar. 13
(3N) Santa Rosa (23-7)  vs. (2S) East Los Angeles (29-1), 1 p.m.
(4S) Riverside City (21-9) vs. (1N) City College of San Francisco (30-0), 3 p.m.
(4N) College of the Sequoias (24-6) vs. (1S) Santiago Canyon (28-2), 5 p.m.
(3S) Los Angeles Valley (25-5) vs. (2N) Fresno City (27-3), 7 p.m.
The semifinals are set for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 14, and the state championship is at 3:30 p.m. March 15.

Can we reach a consensus with Santa Rosa JC Coach Craig McMillan as Nor Cal Coach of the Year? Since December, the only Bear Cub losses are 84-80 to College of the Redwoods, 64-63 at American River College, 67-63 at Diablo Valley College and 60-59 at San Joaquin Delta College. 23 wins versus seven losses—all with no apparent D1 talents on the Santa Rosa roster. Congratulations to all the SRJC coaches and players for their achievement.

plus: “College of Sequoias men’s basketball mount epic comeback to reach Elite Eight” Nick Giannandrea

plus: “From the gridiron to the basketball court: The evolution of Ryan Johnson” Vongni Yang

Here are the Big Sky Conference honorees which includes Sayeed (El Cerrito High) Pridgett and Joshua (Sierra High) Patton.

More on Pridgett, who averaged 19.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and shot 51%, 25% and 69% respectively. He also led the team with 120 assists and 46 steals.

More on Patton who scored 13.1 points per game alongside 5.7 boards while shooting 57% overall and 71% at the foul line. He also blocked 1.9 shots an outing.

Guard • Brentwood, Calif. • Heritage HS
• Fourth Aggie to be selected Freshman of the Year – Mark Payne (2008), Julian Welch (2010) and Josh Ritchart (co-2011)
• Led all Big West freshmen and ranked No. 14 overall in scoring (12.1 ppg)
• Ranked No. 5 in Big West in field goal percentage (.454), No. 4 in assists per game (4.1), No. 10 in free throw percentage (.760)
• Dished out 130 assists against 63 turnovers for +2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio – fifth-best in Big West”

Freshman • Center • Sacramento, Calif. • Sheldon HS

• Joins Casper Ware (2011) and Larry Anderson (2012) as the third Long Beach State recipient of the Best Defensive Player award
• Only the second freshman to be named the league’s top defender, joining UC Irvine’s Mamadou Ndiaye in 2014
• Broke the school’s single-season blocked shots record with 80
• His 80 blocks ranks No. 7 on the Big West single-season list
• Led the Big West and ranks No. 20 nationally in blocks per game (2.5)
• His blocks per game average is tied for No. 7 in Big West single-season annals
• Rejected a single-game school record eight shots against Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 18
• Led the Beach in total rebounds (195), defensive rebounds (137) and rebounds per game (6.1)

Eddie Stansberry became the first Hawaii player to earn Big West Conference first-team honors since Noah Allen in 2017. The native of San Francisco, Calif., led UH and ranked second in the Big West in scoring at 15.9 ppg and is one of the most prolific three-point shooters in the country. His 90 three-pointers is currently the third-highest single-season total for a UH player. In UH’s regular-season finale at CSUN he poured in a career-high 31 points while drilling seven three-pointers. It was the 12th time this season he scored 20 or more points.

“The ball is in Sac State’s court: Extend basketball coach Brian Katz’s contract” Joe Davidson

“Kiwi Gardner’s internal fire burns strong | G League basketball
Guard’s playing time has diminished, but he’s still contributing for SC” Geoffrey Dunn

Congrats to Kevin Warren: “WILDCATS’ WARREN AWARDED CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOLAR” Chico State athletics

As posted earlier: “Tony Marcopulos retires as Cabrillo’s coach after 20 seasons | Men’s basketball  Assistant James Page to take over program” Jim Seimas

College Scores and Highlights

Wednesday, March 11

California defeated Stanford 63-51 in the initial round of the PAC-12 tourney as Paris (Bishop O’Dowd/Boise State) Austin led the way for the Bears with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Tuesday, March 10

In the West Coast Conference title game, Jordan (Folsom High) Ford scored 27 points but St. Mary’s fell 84-66 to Gonzaga.

Monday, March 9

Jordan (Folsom High) Ford buried a last-second trey in St. Mary’s 51-50 defeat of BYU in their West Coast Conference semi-final pairing. Ford finished with 18 points. Questions: why wasn’t he double-teamed especially when his teammates were having an awful collective shooting night?



Last Saturday: “Colorado Mesa claim first ever #RMACmbb Tournament Title”

“…The trio of Tommy (Half Moon Bay High/Fresno City College) Nuno, Michael Skinner and Ethan Madera High/Fresno City College) Richardson led the charge for the Mavericks as they combined for 55 of Colorado Mesa’s 69 points. Nuno also posted a double-double with 15 rebounds to go along with his point total…”


“James Williams Signs LOI to Finish Playing Career / Degree at Simpson” Simpson athletics

Verbal Commits: “2020 Cape Fear CC (NC) G Torey James has received an offer from San José State.”

James is a 6-foot-5 guard originally with Ohio University and currently playing at Cape Fear Community College where he averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists this season while shooting 45%, 36% (186 attempts) and 76% (110 attempts) respectively. He posted 39 assists versus 48 turnovers.

Catching Up With

6-foot-1 junior Trey (Harbor High/West Valley College/Cabrillo College) Whitley averaged 14.9 points plus 2.9 rebounds while shooting 49%, 37% and 88% respectively.

Trey Whitley was the 14th best shooter in the RMAC this year shooting 49.2 percent averaging 14.8 ppg over his 29 games played this season. He was most impressive at the charity stripe this season hitting 77 of 88 attempts (87%) which was second best in the conference.

“From the day Trey arrived on our campus, he has been extremely coachable and has never stopped improving,” said Coach Thompson. “Trey has had some monster games throughout our season despite the amount of attention he drew from our opponents. We are all excited that he is being recognized as one of the top 20 players in the RMAC.”

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