In a game to win the Big 8 championship, like the season itself it didn’t start out very good.
Also like the season itself it had a good ending.
The SRJC Bear Cubs defeated Cosumnes River 76-56 to wrap up the Big 8 championship. A win by Cosumnes River and the Bear Cubs would have shared the crown.
The game didn’t start off promising for SRJC as they fell behind 11-2 in the first three minutes. Bear Cub coach Craig McMillan got a spark from Alec Kobre, who hit one of his four 3’s and seven points in a run that cut the lead to 17-15. Kobre is hoping that it is a trend for the weekend at SRJC. He went to high school at Montgomery who host Maria Carrillo in the NBL post season championship game Saturday night. His brother Rylan is on the Montgomery team.
SRJC took its first lead at 18-17 on three free throws from Matthew Hayes. Hayes was fouled on a desperation three point attempt as the shot clock was winding down.
Hayes and Kobre are the two leading scorers for SRJC on the season and it was no different in this game as they tied for a game high 22 points.
SRJC took control after Consumer River regained the lead 22-20 at the halfway mark of the first half. They scored ten straight and wouldn’t trail again.
SRJC stretched the lead to 17 early in the second half. Cosmunes River did cut it to nine with a little over ten minutes left and it was still ten with nine minutes to go. Kobre hit another three to start a seven point run to get it back to 17. Then later in the half, Hayes scored eight points, including two 3’s, in a 10-1 run which gave them a 22 point lead.
SRJC played one of the toughest pre-league schedules in the state and it showed in the 3-6 start. They followed that with a seven game winning streak and are 19-8 on the season and ended 10-2 in league play and are ranked No. 10 in the state.
WOMEN END WITH WIN
The SRJC Women didn’t get the help they needed but ended the regular season with 61-49 win over Cosumnes River. They end the regular season 19-10 and in second place in the Big 8 race. To tie for the league title they needed a San Joaquin Delta loss but they defeated American River 72-55 to win the championship.
Gretchan Harrigan ended a fabulous season with a fabulous game, hitting 14 of 18 from the field and a game high 30 points. It is the eighth time this season she has hit the 30 point mark. It appears that her 25.1 scoring average is enough to give her the State Leading Scorer Title.
Next up for both the Men and Women will be the State Playoffs. The announcement of that will be on Monday.
PETALUMA WINS SCL POST SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
The Analy Girls who went undefeated through league play could pull off the double. Twenty four hours after Analy won the Boys version of SCL Post Season Tournament, the Girls were defeated by Petaluma 38-27.
Petaluma, who was led by Allie Scranton and Joelle Krist with 12 points each, led from the start.
Petaluma, who has a six game winning streak and is 18-10 on the season, wins the tournament for the second straight season.
Analy falls to 17-10.
Both teams will be in the NCS Playoffs.
NCL II CHAMPIONS
The Rincon Valley Christian Boys and St. Vincent Girls won the Dave Castleberry Memorial NCL II post season tournament.
Rincon Valley Christian rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Roseland University Prep 51-48. Rincon Valley Christian is now 21-8 on the season. Joe Lin led the way wit 18 points.
The St. Vincent Girls followed up its undefeated run through league with the tournament championship. They fell behind early and defeated Roseland University Prep 46-34. Jacalyna Murphy scored 16 as they are now 22-6 on the season.
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