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.
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.
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.
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.