SRJC basketball: Bear Cub men, women sweep Consumnes River

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Santa Rosa JC men’s basketball team, behind the sharp shooting of guards Alec Kobre and Matthew Hayes, won its third Big 8 Conference title in a row Friday night with a 76-56 win over visiting Cosumnes River.

Kobre and Hayes combined for seven 3-point goals while sharing high-point honors with 22 apiece. Kobre, who played high school ball at Montgomery, nailed four treys.

Cosumnes started the final night of the regular season a game back of the Bear Cubs. So, had the Hawks won, they would’ve been co-champs.

Cosumnes began fast and after three minutes led, 11-4.

“We were too emotional at the start,” coach Craig McMillan said. “We had a lot at stake and we were playing before the biggest crowd of the season.”

After a timeout, Santa Rosa got over the jitters and was on top for the first time at 18-17 following three free throws by Hayes.

The game changed a few minutes later as Santa Rosa went on a 10-0 run. Davone Oliver started the uprising with a 3-pointer. Kai Drewry then nailed a trey and a reverse layup and Hayes scored on a short jumper.

Santa Rosa led 37-24 at halftime. The closest the Hawks got after that was nine points.

Kobre, who scored 12 in the first half, missed his first two shots before he got hot.

“My teammates were setting great screens to get me open,” the sophomore said. “Once I hit the first 3-pointer and heard the crowd, my confidence grew.”

Brian Johnson was the defensive hero. The Maria Carrillo grad was assigned to guard Cosumnes River’s leading scorer, Jaycob Velasco (16.6 points). The bulky 6-foot-7 forward managed only eight points.

“Johnson did a fantastic job on their big man,” McMillan said. “He didn’t get to the basket often.” Velasco had 11 games this season where he scored 20 or more.

With another conference title in hand, Santa Rosa (19-8) will now set its sights on the CCCAA State Tournament. Brackets will be announced Monday, with opening-round games later in the week.

The Bear Cubs will come in on a hot streak. They’ve won eight straight and 16 of 18.

LADY BEAR CUBS ROLL TO WIN

Gretchen Harrigan scored 20 of her 30 points in the first half as the Lady Bear Cubs ended the regular season with a 61-49 win over visiting Cosumnes River.

However, the news wasn’t all good as Santa Rosa’s streak of consecutive conference championships ended at four. The Bear Cubs began the evening one game back of San Joaquin Delta in the Big 8 and needed American River to upset Delta on Friday night. That didn’t happen.

Still, the Bear Cubs will receive a high seed when the State Tournament brackets are released Monday.

Against Cosumnes, Harrigan was nearly perfect as the Casa Grande alum was 13 of 17 from the field. Most of her points came from in close or at the free throw line. She did swish one from behind the arc.

Harrigan began the game as the second-leading scorer in the state with a 24.9 average.

With Harrigan scoring 20 of her team’s first 25 points, Santa Rosa led all the way.

At halftime, it was 38-20, and the final score could’ve been more one-sided had coach Lacey Campbell not substituted liberally after the break.

“I wanted to get everybody playing time with playoffs starting next week,” she said.

“We played a solid game on both ends of the floor. I’m happy”

Santa Rosa shot 26 of 51 from the field.

Madison Sowards (Maria Carrillo) joined Harrigan in double figures with 13. She also pulled down nine rebounds.

The Bear Cubs will take a 19-10 record into the postseason.

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