Recaps of Day 1 Action at the CCCAA State Championship Tournament

Recaps of Day 1 Action at the CCCAA State Championship Tournament

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San Diego City 72, Santa Rosa 64 — Ethan Esposito had 17 points as defending champion San Diego City College finally broke away in the final three minutes to turn back Santa Rosa in the opening quarterfinal game of the 2018 California Community College Athletic Association Men's Basketball Championships at Ventura College. The game was tied for the seventh time, at 56, with 4:18 left after a layup by Santa Rosa's Beau Keeve. Then San Diego guard Thomas Nelson was fouled on a successful drive with 3:54 remaining and converted a 3-point play to put the Knights up for good at 59-56. Jayson McMillan's bucket with 3:31 left made it 59-58 before Wonder Smith led SDCC on a 10-point run to take firm command. Prior to that, Santa Rosa's early 12-5 lead five minutes in was the game's largest margin. San Diego led, 36-33, at halftime after ten lead changes and three ties.

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Cerritos 83, Yuba 77 —Sophomore Demetrius Thomas scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds  as Cerritos beat Yuba in a quarterfinal matchup. The win propels the Falcons (27-5) into a 7 p.m. semifinal game on Saturday against either City College of San Francisco or Allan Hancock College. Yuba (25-6) got a game-best 26 points from Elishja Duplechan and 17 from Jeryn Lucas. Cerritos never trailed in the game but they also couldn't pull away from the 49ers either. The Falcons scored the first seven points of the game only to see Yuba rattle off seven of the next nine. Later in the half, they led by 10 points but Yuba came back to climb within 31-28. Cerritos led 37-28 at halftime.

A 10-4 run cut a 41-31 Yuba deficit to just 45-41 but the Falcons turned back every attempt by the 49ers to either tie or take the lead. Jonathan Guzman's layup with 9:21 left gave Cerritos a 60-52 lead but the 49ers scored 10 of the next 13 points to get back in it and only trail 65-62 with still more than six minutes on the clock. Yuba twice got to within two points inside the final four minutes - the last time coming at 72-70 after a layup from Lucas - but Cerritos continued to provide the answer and hold off the 49ers. Josh Dhatt scored inside with 39 seconds left to make it an 80-77 game but Christian Alvis made a couple of threes with 15 seconds left to give the Falcons some breathing room 
 
Thomas grabbed nine of his dozen rebounds on the offensive side and added four assists and a block while playing 40 minutes. Three other Falcons scored in double figures; Keshaun Mack (13), Riley Hamilton (12), Jonathan Guzman (11) and Cody Wilkes (10). 
 
Cerritos enjoyed a good night from the field, making 52% of its shots in the first half and 49% for the game. It also converted 9 of 15 3-point attempts. Yuba, which shot just 29.6% in the first half warmed up well in the second, making 52.8%. The 49ers were also good on 10 of 24 (.417) trey attempts. Lucas added nine rebounds to his 17 points while Isiah Bates scored 12 points  Jayshon Lewis finished with 11.
 

Fresno City 96, Orange Coast 80 — George Dancer and Tyus Millhollin each had 16 points to lead Fresno City College past Orange Coast College in a quarterfinal game. The Rams (28-4), the No. 2 seed from Northern California and champions of the Central Valley Conference, advance to play defending state champion and top Southern California seed San Diego City College (32-2) in the semifinals on Saturday at 5p.m. That could be another high scoring affair, with Fresno averaging 94 points a game and San Diego 90.

Fresno had five players in double figures. Tommy Nuno, a 6-5 sophomore guard out of Half Moon Bay High, came close to a triple double for the Rams with 12 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds — but was not needed down the stretch. Drew Cobb, a 6-4 freshmen guard from Sheldon High and Elk Grove, had 15 points. Jess Spivey (Sierra High, Manteca) had 13 points and eight rebounds. After a foul marked first 15 minutes marked by 9 lead changes and four ties, Fresno broke away from a 29-all deadlock to go up by 11 at the break, 47-36, led by 12 points from Dancer, a 6-3 freshman guard out of Modesto's Fred C. Beyer High School. That was just too big of a gap for the Pirates to overcome.
 
They made one run after the intermission, closing the margin to 51-47 before Fresno pulled ahead for good. The Rams led by as many as 24 points, 96-72, before Orange Coast tallied the game's final eight points. The Orange Empire Champion Pirates (22-8) were led by Joshua Davis, a 6-2 freshman center, with 27 points and eight rebounds. They also got 19 points from Lloyd Wright and 14 from Malik Skillern (who connected on four of his five 3-point attempts). Fresno has been a familiar 21st century finalist with state championships in 2005, 2007, and 2012 and a runner-up finish in 2003. Orange Coast had hoped to make a successful return to the state tournament, last winning the title in 1979.
 

San Francisco City 84, Alan Hancock 63 — Top-ranked City College of San Francisco spoiled Allan Hancock College's return to the California Community College Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time in 44 years, eliminating the Bulldogs, 86-63, in a quarterfinal game Friday evening.                    

Terrill Brown, a 6-0 sophomore guard out of Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward) had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Rams (31-1) into a 7 p.m. Saturday semifinal match with Cerritos. Eddie Stansberry, a 6-3 sophomore guard out of San Francisco's Riordan High School, had 15 of his 17 points (including four 3-pointers) in the first half as CCSF took a 44-36 mid-game lead. Hancock led the first ten minutes until the Rams got into gear. Down 24-21, Stansberry and Brown put on a 7-point spurt to put San Francisco ahead for good, 28-24. Stansberry also had nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. 
 
The Rams were never seriously threatened after the break and steadily increased their margin down the stretch. Lewis Hayes tallied 15 points off the bench for CCSF. Shane Carney, a 5-9 sophomore guard from Narbonne High (Los Angeles) led Hancock with 34 points. He had 13 first half points, including a trio of three's. Devin Davis added 11 points and Glenn Jordan had ten points and five assists for the Bulldogs. CCSF has won 27 games since its only loss, 90-63, to College of the Sequoias in the Fresno City College tournament on Nov. 17. 
 
San Francisco won recent state titles in 2011 and 2016. Hancock (23-10) was making its state championship tourney appearance since 1974 when it won the title.