Santa Rosa Junior College basketball sweeps doubleheader

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Matthew Hayes was perfect from the free-throw line and led the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s basketball team with 22 points as the Bear Cubs beat Ohlone 67-60 in the third round of the CCCAA NorCal Regional playoffs Wednesday night.

The Renegades clung to the third-seeded Bear Cubs in a first half with multiple lead changes.

“They only play zone and it was very challenging,” coach Craig McMillan said, “but we made some big shots down the stretch.”

Davone Oliver hit a big 3-pointer to steal the lead for Santa Rosa as it led 30-28 at halftime. The second half started with two more lead changes as the Bear Cubs and the Renegades traded buckets. Matthew Hayes made a free throw to complete a four-point play, tying the game at 37-37 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half. He helped the Bear Cubs again with his free throws to regain the lead with just under 10 minutes left.

“Our rotation was really good,” Hayes said. “We’d get it to the middle and they’d pop it back out to us or set screens and it was just all of us.”

The Bear Cubs continued to knock down free throws in the second half, which was key in their push for the lead, McMillan said, closing out the game shooting 26 for 35 from the free-throw line.

“It’s very important when a team is trying to come back,” McMillan said. “When we miss a free throw, we come back and make the next two so they are unable to get too close.”

Hayes’ final eight points were free throws, helping extend Santa Rosa’s advantage on the Renegades to nine points, their biggest lead down the stretch while closing out the win.

“He has gotten a lot better over the course of the year and he makes some big shots for us, as was the case tonight,” McMillan said.

Alec Kobre recorded 12 points, while Oliver finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Corey Hammell scored all of his eight points in the second half and finished with seven rebounds. Kai Drewry and Brian Johnson finished with five points each, and Luke Cochern had four points.

The Bear Cubs now face the winner of the other third-round game, Cosumnes River or Fresno City, in Saturday’s fourth and final round before the CCCAA Championship game.

“We are going to be that team that gets over the hump,” Hayes said.

SRJC WOMEN KNOCK OFF DVC

The SRJC women’s team also won its CCCAA third-round playoff game at home Wednesday, beating Diablo Valley 75-64.

“We knew they were going to be quick and physical,” Santa Rosa coach Lacey Campbell said. “Our goal was to put that doubt in their mind.”

The Vikings crept up on the Bear Cubs’ lead in the second half, until Erin Skinner hit a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to push SRJC’s lead and seal the victory.

“We played team defense and team offense and tried to get a stop on every single possession,” Campbell said.

“This team has come a long way and as a group they have fought and improved.”

Skinner finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Gretchen Harrigan led the Bear Cubs with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Madison Sowards recorded 17 points, and Stephanie Sack finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Alicia Mehtlan had seven points and led in rebounding with 13.

Santa Rosa advanced to the fourth round of the CCCAA NorCal Regional women’s tournament on Saturday.

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