With San Jose expected to take an early lead in SJCC Classic Tournament Dec 11 – 13, 2014, Head Coach Jerome Jenkins of Santa Monica College said, “We played San Jose City last year.” Jenkins said, “We know they have a very good basketball program, and we also have a very good basketball program as well.” Having already played at SJCC last year, the coaches knew what to expect. With one win against San Jose last fall semester, they hoped to do just as well. “We know they are ready to play us, so we are ready to play them tonight.” Jenkins said, “We are young and we are just growing every day.” Looking forward to challenging the team to play their best, said, “We are just getting better, so we know we have a tough challenge and we have a great respect for Coach Carr.” Jenkins said, “We came to play are A-game and hope we have a chance to win tonight.”
Head Coach of San Jose City College Percy Carr said, “We one last night’s game and we are hoping to win tonight’s game.” San Jose beat Alameda Community College. Carr said, “However, they didn’t score as high as they regularly do. With nine wins and one lose, Carr said, “They had some rough spots in the game.”
Head Coach Scott Fisher of Ohlone College said,“The strength is the heart they showed throughout the entire game.” Fisher said, “This team beat us early in the pre-season.” After losing to Merritt college in the last tournament, the Fisher hoped to pull his team into the winning circle this time around. “We know it was going to be tough, we know it was going to be a close game.” Fisher said, “It was really a good character game for us.” The team scored a 2- point lead to beat Merritt in the final half 74-76. “Merritt is a heck of a team.” Fisher said, “I never want to play them again.” This was the team’s first time playing at San Jose City College. “We played SJCC the last tournament, they blew us away, but we are hoping to play them again.” Fisher said, “We are just glad we are playing in the Championship.”
During the second half San Jose took the lead with 54-46 just minutes after halftime. SMC realizing it was falling behind by 10 points quickly began to pick up points, with a score of 54-48 with 8:35 on the clock. The players ran the line of scrimmage, branching out over the free throw line to score 2 points.
With the clock stopped at 7:35 at 56 – 48, #12 Tyrone Viney a Sophomore at San Jose City College, drove to the center, passing to #40 Maurice Joiner, who is also a Sophomore at SJCC. Joiner is fouled. SMC cranks up the heat by returning the ball from the free-throw line to try and stacks up 2-points against SJCC. The score now with 6:14 left in the second half at 61 -53. SMC again takes the ball and scores 3-points.
The excitement of the game brings fans to their feet with the score closing in on SJCC. The score steadied at 61- 58. Then SJCC’s #10 Devonne Nolan is fouled. He is up at the free throw line with 0-2.
Passing the ball SMC is intercepted by Nolan, who recovers the ball to SJCC’s #30 Sophomore Chris Sterling who now leads the game with 2-points spread. With only 4:07 left in the game, Nolan comes back and scores 2-points to bring the game to a four point spread.
With 3:10 on the clock, SMC rebounds with #24 fouling out and replaced by #21. The clock at 2:11 has locked both teams in at 68 – 64. SJCC fouls SMC’s #0. With 2-0 the score is now tied. However SJCC answers back with a score of 69-66.
With the game now tied at 69-69 and the clock at 43.6 seconds, the break comes with 1-0 for SJCC 70-69. Then with 34.4 seconds on the clock a time out is called. Once again a drive from SJCC’s #30 to bring the game to a 72 – 71 lead. With less than eight seconds at the clock, SMC has the ball at the three point line. SJCC blocks the throw, and the clock is stopped at 0.8 seconds. A time out is called for a possible foul on the play. The referees agree, San Jose’s ball. San Jose takes second place with a one point lead.
After losing to SJCC Coach Jenkins said, “We are still growing.” After losing by just one point, Jenkins said, “The team has a great mix of freshman and sophomore players.” Coach Jenkins said, “We are working towards playing in the final conference.” Driving up from L.A. County the team was able to participate in the Community College District playoffs. SMC won their last tournament, and they hope to take third place tomorrow night at SJCC. “They really worked hard.” Coach Jenkins said, “I believe we can get there.”