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2011-12 Game Stories

By Dave Loveton, sports information
Saturday, Feb. 18 -- L.A. Pierce at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Pierce 93, SBCC 66  Records: 4-23, 1-11

   Vaqueros drop season finale
Pierce takes control with 16-0 first-half run

 A seven-minute scoreless stretch in the first half proved costly for SBCC on Saturday and the Vaqueros went on to drop a 93-66 decision to L.A. Pierce in their season finale at the Sports Pavilion.
 The Brahmas broke open a tight game with a 16-0 run that produced a 44-23 lead with 1:52 to go in the first half. Pierce (7-13, 5-5 WSC North) outshot the home team 54 to 32 percent while taking a 48-27 halftime advantage. The Vaqueros (4-23, 1-11) committed 15 of their 24 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
 Scott Burrows and Ricky Braun, playing their final games for SBCC, led the way with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Tony Williams had 10 points off the bench and Braun had five rebounds.
 “We played a very poor first half,” said coach Morris Hodges. “Our turnovers fueled some of their fast-break opportunities. Every time you turn it over, that’s a shot attempt you don’t get.”
 The Vaqueros were outrebounded 41-35. Pierce had great scoring balance with six players between 12 and 17.
 “Their quickness gave us some problems,” said Hodges. “We played hard in the second half but they shot it well all night.”
 The Brahmas won the shooting battle 55 to 38 percent and hit 5-12 from 3-point country. The Vaqueros were 7-25 on treys.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 -- SBCC at Cuesta, 7 p.m.  Cuesta 87, SBCC 69  Records: 4-22, 1-10

Vaqueros fall to hot Cuesta, 87-69

  Williams tallies season-high 17 points

 Cuesta won the shooting, rebounding and scoring battles on Wednesday in an 87-69 victory over SBCC at San Luis Obispo.
 The Cougars (22-7, 10-1) clinched a tie for first in the WSC North by shooting 61 percent, including 10-21 on 3-pointers. They outrebounded the Vaqueros 37-22.
 Anthony Williams scored a season-high 17 and Scott Burrows had 11 for SBCC (4-22, 1-10), which shot 40 percent and fell behind 45-32 at halftime.
 “They have three good 3-point shooters and we did a good job of chasing them off the line in the first half,” said coach Morris Hodges. “But they hurt us on the boards with eight offensive rebounds.”
 Jalani Davis contributed nine points and five boards while CJ Edwards had eight points. The Vaqueros had 17 steals and forced 25 turnovers.
 Santa Barbara cut a 19-point second-half deficit to nine (68-59) on a short bank by Williams with 6:11 to play. Cuesta responded with two straight 3-point buckets.
 The Vaqueros will complete their season on Saturday with a 7 p.m. home game against L.A. Pierce.
Saturday, Feb. 11 -- SBCC at Moorpark, 7 p.m.  Moorpark 70, SBCC 57  Records: 4-21, 1-9

Slow start hurts Vaqueros
Nelson scores 14 in 70-57 loss at Moorpark

 SBCC was outscored 13-0 in the middle of the first half on Saturday and went on to drop a 70-57 decision in a WSC North game at Moorpark.
 The Raiders went ahead 18-7 with 7:50 to go in the opening half and led 30-16 at intermission. They started the second half with a 19-6 spurt, extending the lead to 27 points at 49-22 with 12:10 remaining.
 The Vaqueros (4-21, 1-9) outscored Moorpark by 14 the rest of the way.
 Cam Nelson, a freshman guard from Dos Pueblos High, scored a season-high 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench. CJ Edwards had 12 points and Anthony Williams added 10.
 The Vaqueros shot just 24 percent in the first half (5 of 21) and were outrebounded 40-28 for the game. Eric Becker and Scott Burrows had five caroms apiece.
 “We didn’t shoot it well in the first half and we missed about four layups,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We had a bunch of turnovers at the start of the second half
 “CJ played really well. He showed a lot of energy and enthusiasm."
Wednesday, Feb. 8 -- Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Hancock 71, SBCC 60  Records: 4-20, 1-8

Hancock pulls away from Vaqueros
  They finish on 10-0 run to win 71-60

 After a tight battle for more than 35 minutes on Wednesday night, SBCC went cold over the final 4:27 and Hancock took advantage to post a 71-60 victory in the Sports Pavilion.
 The Bulldogs (19-7, 6-3 WSC North) shot 48 percent in the second half and outscored the Vaqueros 10-0 in the last 4½ minutes. Scott Burrows led SBCC (4-20, 1-8) with 17 points and five rebounds.
 “We had some critical turnovers during that stretch and we missed some shots,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We dropped one pass out-of-bounds when we were down 64-60 (with 1:38 to play).”
 Alex DiManno had 12 points and eight assists for Santa Barbara. He nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:27 to go, pulling the Vaqueros within one at 61-60.
 Taylor Pruett, a 6-8 sophomore, hit two free throws after Burrows was called for a flagrant-1 foul with 4:11 left. Andrew Douby canned 5-6 foul shots in the last 3:39 to secure the win. The Bulldogs made 18-of-27 free throws, including 13-16 in the final 20 minutes. The Vaqueros were 2-2 in the second half and 5-7 for the game.
 Douby hit 6-8 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 26 points.
 Jalani Davis had eight points and five boards for SBCC, which shot 40.7 percent for the game.
 The Vaqueros led 32-31 at the half and stretched the margin to six points, 43-37, on a triple by Burrows from the right corner. Hancock answered with a 10-0 run and, although the score was tied five times in the next five minutes, the Vaqueros could never get the lead.
 “It was like that all night,” said Hodges. “Our energy wasn’t there at the start and we were playing really sloppy. We were in a funk in the first half. We were never able to get over the hump in the second half.
 “Jalani, Cam Nelson, Robert Cid and CJ Edwards all played well in the first half. They gave us energy and got us going.”

Saturday, Feb. 4 -- Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Ventura 88, SBCC 74  Records: 4-19, 1-7

Second-half drought costs Vaqueros
   DiManno nets 17 in 88-74 loss to Ventura

 SBCC played solid basketball for 25 minutes on Saturday before a cold spell turned the tables in an 88-74 loss to Ventura at the Sports Pavilion.
 The Vaqueros shot 50 percent in the first half, capping it with a 10-2 run that produced a 47-42 lead at intermission. Santa Barbara (4-19, 1-7) went ahead 55-49 on back-to-back layups by Michael Hansen with 15:20 remaining.
 Ventura went on a 20-0 run over the next eight minutes, capped by a 3-pointer from Joseph Soto that boosted the lead to 69-55. Najee Salaam scored 17 of his game-high 32 points in the second half for Ventura (15-11, 7-2).
 Alex DiManno led the Vaqueros with 17 points and five rebounds while Hansen had 12 points on 5-6 shooting. Anthony Williams scored all 11 of his points in the first half on numerous drives to the bucket, then fouled out with 6:24 to play.
 “They went to a matchup zone and I thought our execution was very poor,” said coach Morris Hodges. “That (second-half) stretch opened the flood gates. They got a lot of runouts off turnovers. We missed a few chippies at the rim and lost our poise a little bit.
 “And then the offensive boards hit us again.”
 Ventura won the rebound battle 47-40, including nine offensive boards in the second half. The Pirates hit 15-of-24 free throws in the final 20 minutes compared to 5-6 for the Vaqueros.
 “I told the guys they need to adjust to the way the game’s being officiated,” Hodges stated.
 The Vaqueros shaved a 19-point deficit to 12 (77-65) on two free throws by JP Dodson with 3:34 to go but couldn’t get any closer. Santa Barbara went 10 minutes and 10 seconds without a field goal before Scott Burrows canned a triple with 5:10 to play.
 SBCC will host Hancock on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Vaqueros will hold their Coaches vs. Cancer Night, honoring cancer survivors and raising money for the American Cancer Society. 

Wednesday, Feb. 1 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 7 p.m.  SBCC 66, Oxnard 63  Records: 4-18, 1-6 WSC North

Vaqueros get first WSC victory

Becker scores 12 in 66-63 win at Oxnard

 Eric Becker tallied 12 points and deflected a pass with five seconds left Wednesday night to preserve SBCC’s 66-63 men’s basketball victory at Oxnard.
 Tony Williams had 11 points and seven rebounds and Scott Burrows added 10 points and six boards for the Vaqueros (4-18, 1-6), who notched their first WSC North triumph of the year.
 Alex DiManno had a season-high 10 assists and Jalani Davis contributed eight points. The Vaqueros extended a 31-30 halftime lead to 53-43 with 12 minutes to go. The Condors rallied within two points at 53-51 but couldn’t get any closer.
 Santa Barbara shot 42 percent and only got to the free-throw line six times, making four. Oxnard (10-13, 3-6) shot 44 percent but missed 10 foul shots (5-of-15).
 “Our guys played extremely hard and it was nice to finally see them rewarded,” said coach Morris Hodges. “They played well together and did a good job on defense.”
 The Vaqueros went ahead 64-57 with 30 seconds left after a basket and free throw by DiManno. Trailing 66-60, the Condors hit a 3-pointer and SBCC turned it over with 0:05 on the clock. Becker, a 6-5 sophomore from Santa Ynez High, deflected the in-bound pass off an Oxnard player and it went out-of-bounds to secure the win.
 The Vaqueros handed out 20 assists and forced 22 turnovers.
 SBCC will host Ventura on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 -- SBCC at L.A. Pierce, 7 p.m.  Pierce 81, SBCC 68  Records: 3-18, 0-6

Shooting woes hamper Vaqueros

Becker scores 17 in 81-68 loss at Pierce

 L.A. Pierce parlayed a hot first half into an 81-68 victory over SBCC on Wednesday night in Woodland Hills. The Brahmas (3-14, 1-5 WSC North) hit 60 percent in the opening half, including 5-7 on 3-pointers, to build a 50-31 lead.
 Eric Becker had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Vaqueros (3-18, 0-6), who shot 38.3 percent and hit only 50 percent of their free throws (18-36). SBCC trailed by 26 (64-38) with 11:30 to play before cutting the deficit to nine at 77-68 with a minute to go.
 JP Dodson collected 13 points and five rebounds while Chris Popov had 10 points. Pierce shot 51 percent for the game and converted 21 of 27 foul shots. The Brahmas were 6-10 from downtown while the Vaqueros were 4-22.
 “They shot it well at the beginning and our defensive transition was poor,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We got to the free-throw line a lot but didn’t do much to help ourselves.”
 After a bye on Saturday, the Vaqueros open the second round of conference at Oxnard on Feb. 1.

Saturday, Jan. 21 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Cuesta 73, SBCC 66  Records: 3-17, 0-5

  Cuesta trims Vaqueros 73-66
Burrows gets season-high 20 in WSC setback

 Scott Burrows tallied a season-high 20 points Saturday night and SBCC gave Cuesta all it could handle before dropping a 73-66 WSC North game at the Sports Pavilion.
 Burrows drained 7-11 from the field, including 4-7 from 3-point range, for the Vaqueros (3-17, 0-5). Calen Coleman topped the Cougars (16-7, 4-1) with 21 points.
 The Vaqueros shaved the deficit to three, 69-66, on an 8-foot baseline jumper by JP Dodson with 48.8 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Dodson was called for a foul 35 feet from the basket and Jeremy Langenbergue made both free throws to extend the lead to five points.
 “I thought that was highly suspect,” said coach Morris Hodges of the foul call. “Their kid wasn’t put at any disadvantage. He was near midcourt, dribbling away from the basket.
 “It was a one-possession game with a 15-second differential on the shot clock.”
 Eric Becker and Robert Cid added 11 points apiece for Santa Barbara, which trailed by 11 late in the first half. Alex DiManno had a game-high seven assists.
 The Vaqueros erased a 31-27 halftime deficit by opening the second half with a 19-10 run to go ahead 46-41. The outburst was capped by a Burrows’ triple and a driving layup by Michael Hansen.
 “We ran our offense well and I got some good looks,” said Burrows, a 6-4 sophomore from Santa Ynez High. “We showed a lot of energy, especially at the start of the second half.
 “It’s been frustrating because I know our guys are capable of getting it done. We’re so close that I know we’re going to put it all together soon and turn it around.”
 Cuesta regained control with a 12-0 streak for a 53-46 lead with 9:10 to play. The Vaqueros got within three (61-58) on a 3-point play by Burrows with five minutes to go, then fell behind by eight at 67-59. Becker stole the ball and Hansen drained a 3-pointer to ignite a 7-2 run that trimmed the deficit to 69-66 .
 Cuesta won the shooting battle 50 to 44.4 percent and led in rebounds 36-25. The Cougars grabbed eight of their 10 offensive boards in the second half. The Vaqueros hit 7-19 from long range and the visitors from San Luis Obispo enjoyed a six-point edge from the foul line, making 17-of-22 compared to 11-15 for SBCC.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 -- Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Moorpark 66, SBCC 56  Records: 3-16, 0-4
     Raiders topple Vaqueros
Moorpark doubles up on boards in 66-56 win

 Moorpark beat SBCC on the boards 44-21 and on the scoreboard, 66-56, in a WSC North game on Wednesday night in the Sports Pavilion.
 Eric Becker (6-6 from the field) and CJ Edwards (5-6) combined to hit 11 of 12 shots and score 26 points but it wasn’t enough for the Vaqueros, who outshot the visitors 44 to 42 percent.
 Becker, a 6-5 sophomore from Santa Ynez High, scored 14 points and Edwards had 12 for the Vaqueros, who played without leading scorer JP Dodson and Jalani Davis. Both missed the game due to illness.
 ”JP has been our most consistent scorer and it hurt to not have Jalani because he’s been shooting the ball well,” said coach Morris Hodges. “Those two losses hurt us in terms of our depth, our scoring and rebounding.”
 Santa Barbara (3-16, 0-4) forced 18 turnovers but couldn’t keep up in the 3-point department, making just 3 of 17 while the Raiders (7-12, 3-1) converted 8 of 20.
 Moorpark finished the first half on a 15-8 run to take a 33-26 lead. The margin grew to 11 points before Becker converted a layup and a two-hand slam to pull the Vaqueros within five (50-45) with just under seven minutes to go.
 The Raiders regained control with a 14-6 run and went up by 13 on a follow shot by Jamal McClerkin with 1:57 remaining.
 “We hit a period where the offensive rebounds were the deciding factor,” Hodges noted. “Some of that was because we were in a zone and you don’t have a man-to-man assignment. But that‘s no excuse for not putting a body on a guy.
 “Our effort was tremendous tonight. We’ve shown great effort all year. It’s just been a matter of executing in some areas like boxing out and we have to shoot the ball better.”

Saturday, Jan. 14 -- SBCC at Hancock, 7 p.m.  Hancock 60, SBCC 50  Records: 3-15, 0-3

Cold shooting costs Vaqueros
They shoot 30 percent in loss at Hancock

 Hancock erased an early deficit with a 14-0 run on Saturday night and went on to beat SBCC 60-50 in a WSC North game in Santa Maria.
 The Vaqueros (3-15, 0-3) jumped ahead 8-2 before the Bulldogs (15-6, 2-2) got hot and built a 16-8 lead with 7:50 to play. Hancock led 22-18 at halftime.
 Santa Barbara was outshot 41 to 30 percent and missed all 17 of its 3-point tries. The Bulldogs made 6-15 from downtown. SBCC made 18-of-23 from the foul line but only 16 of 53 from the field.
 JP Dodson led the Vaqueros with 15 points while Eric Becker had 13 points and six rebounds. Scott Burrows added seven points and seven boards as SBCC won the rebound battle, 39-33.
 “Our shot selection and our ability to take care of the ball were both poor in the first half,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We defended well enough but our offense didn’t help us.”
 The Vaqueros got within six (56-50) when Dodson fed Burrows for a basket with 1:30 to play.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 -- SBCC at Ventura, 7 p.m.  Ventura 96, SBCC 84  Records: 3-14, 0-2

 Ventura outlasts Vaqueros
SBCC struggles on boards in 96-84 loss

 Ventura scored 16 unanswered points in the first half Wednesday night and went on to defeat SBCC 96-84 in a WSC North men’s basketball game at Ventura.
 JP Dodson led the Vaqueros (3-14, 0-2) with 16 points and Scott Burrows had 14. Austin Ramljak and Zalmico Harmon had 23 apiece for the Pirates (10-10, 2-1).
 Ventura hit 49 percent, including nine triples, while the Vaqueros shot 37 percent. SBCC was effective from the free-throw line, making 24 of 29. The home team won the battle of the boards 51-37, including 20 at the offensive end.
 “Our inability to clear the defensive boards was the difference,” said coach Morris Hodges.
 Alex DiManno (10 points, 5 assists) hit a 3-pointer to put SBCC ahead 17-16. Ventura responded with a 16-0 run and stretched the lead to 32-17 with nine minutes to go. The Pirates led 48-40 at the half.
 Jalani Davis added 10 points for Santa Barbara and Michael Hansen had five rebounds. The Vaqueros shaved a 16-point second-half deficit to six (78-72) on a basket by DiManno with seven minutes to go.
 “Then we had a few empty trips,” noted Hodges. “We also gave up some critical offensive rebounds.”
 SBCC is 0-2 in conference despite having their two best offensive games (89 and 84 points). They’ve had just six and 10 turnovers in the last two outings.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 -- Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Oxnard 90, SBCC 89 (OT)  Records: 3-13, 0-1

Vaqueros edged 90-89 in WSC opener
  Dodson tallies 22 points in overtime loss

 JP Dodson scored a season-high 22 points on Saturday night but Oxnard rallied past SBCC 90-89 in overtime, spoiling the Vaqueros’ WSC North debut at the Sports Pavilion.
 The Vaqueros (3-13, 0-1) shot 60.6 percent in the opening half and scored the last seven points to take a 51-44 lead. There were 11 ties and 14 lead changes in the first half.
 “I was ready to play from the beginning,“ said Dodson, a freshman guard from San Marcos High who tallied 16 in the first half. “I got some quick points that gave me some confidence.
 “It was our best offensive game of the year. We lost this game because of the boards.”
 Oxnard (8-8, 1-1) enjoyed a 59-32 advantage in rebounds, including 28-7 at the offensive end. Stephan Thompson paced the Condors with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
 Scott Burrows finished with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Vaqueros. He was 4-for-8 from 3-point country. Jalani Davis added 13 points on 6-7 shooting.
 Santa Barbara took its biggest lead at 59-48 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Burrows early in the second half.
The visitors went on a 19-7 run and took a 67-66 lead on a tip-in by Gary Johnson with 10:20 to play. SBCC regained a three-point lead at 74-71 on six straight points by Dodson.
 SBCC went up 84-82 when Davis banked in a 3-pointer from the left side with 1:35 to play. Moises Barrera sent it into overtime by banking in a 12-footer with 46 seconds remaining.
 Oxnard grabbed a four-point lead in the five-minute extra session before Alex DiManno (8 points, 4 assists) hit a triple at the top of the key. Davis nailed a jumper with 1:20 to play, pulling the Vaqueros within a point at 90-89.
 Santa Barbara had one final chance, calling timeout with 8.1 seconds left. They ran a play for Burrows on the right baseline but he missed an open 3-point try.
 “We played extremely well, we were doing all the things we wanted to do,” said SBCC coach Morris Hodges. “The difference in the game was our inability to rebound. They got back in the game with a flurry of offensive rebounds.
 “We got good bench play (their reserves outscored Oxnard 31-13) and were hoping our depth would be an advantage. There were a lot of positives.
 “If we can continue to play consistently at that level -- and rebound the basketball -- things will look better.”

Friday, Dec. 30 -- Hancock Holiday Classic, consolation final: SBCC vs. Fresno City, 1 p.m.  #5 Fresno City 85, SBCC 55  Record: 3-12

   No. 5 Fresno topples SBCC 85-55

Rams shoot 61 percent to take consolation title

 Fresno City shot lights-out in the first half on Friday to build an 18-point lead en route to an 85-55 victory over SBCC in the consolation final of the Hancock Holiday Classic at Santa Maria.
 The Rams, ranked No. 5 in the state, improved to 16-3 while the Vaqueros fell to 3-12. Fresno hit 17-of-25 from the field (68 percent) in the opening 20 minutes, including 7-10 from the 3-point line. The Vaqueros shot 35 percent in the first half but only trailed by six with 2:47 to go. The Rams ended the half on a 12-0 run, stretching the lead to 47-29.
 Fresno won the shooting battle 61 to 33 percent and dominated the boards by a 41-18 count.
 Jalani Davis led SBCC with 11 points and six rebounds. Anthony Williams added seven points and Michael Hansen and Eric Becker had six apiece.
 “We didn’t defend the dribble penetration well and we didn’t do a good job of boxing out,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We did force 26 turnovers but too many of those turned into unproductive trips.”
 The Vaqueros open WSC North play on Saturday, Jan. 7 with a home date against Oxnard at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 29 -- Hancock Holiday Classic: SBCC vs. Rio Hondo, 3 p.m.  SBCC 60, Rio Hondo 58, OT  Record: 3-11

Nelson’s triple lifts Vaqueros in OT
Dodson has 18 in 60-58 win over Rio Hondo

 Cameron Nelson drained a 3-pointer from the right corner with eight seconds left on Thursday to lift SBCC over Rio Hondo 60-58 in an overtime thriller at the Hancock Holiday Classic in Santa Maria.
 The Vaqueros (3-11) got 18 points from JP Dodson and 14 from Scott Burrows. They led 28-21 at intermission before the Roadrunners (2-10) rallied to force overtime on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that tied it at 50.
 Trailing 58-55 with 16 seconds left in the five-minute extra session, Nelson was fouled on a 3-point try. He made two of three free throws to pull the Vaqueros within one. After Rio Hondo missed a pair of foul shots, Nelson nailed his game-winning triple.
 Nelson, a freshman from Dos Pueblos High, hit 2-3 from 3-point land and scored eight points. Eric Becker led Santa Barbara with nine rebounds. Alex DiManno had eight points, seven assists and five rebounds.
 “We didn’t shoot well (32 percent) but we didn’t have any long scoring droughts,” said coach Morris Hodges. “Our defense was solid.”

Wednesday, Dec. 28 -- Hancock Holiday Classic, first round: Butte 60, SBCC 54

Butte slips past Vaqueros 60-54
 SBCC goes cold in final seven minutes

 SBCC used a full-court press to rally within a point of Butte on Wednesday in the opening round of the Hancock Holiday Classic before going cold in the final seven minutes of a 60-54 defeat.
 The Vaqueros, playing their first game in 18 days, trailed 51-50 with 7:11 to play and then went more than six minutes without a point. Santa Barbara (2-11) was outscored 9-4 to end the game.
 Butte, which led 34-29 at intermission, hit 50 percent from the field while the Vaqueros shot 32 percent. JP Dodson and Alex DiManno led Santa Barbara with 11 points each.

Saturday, Dec. 10 -- SBCC Classic, third-place game: Pasadena 76, SBCC 55  

Pasadena pulls away to beat Vaqueros
SBCC shoots 32 percent in second half

 Pasadena broke open a tight contest with a 23-6 run in the second half on Saturday and went on to defeat SBCC 76-55 in the third-place game of the 39th annual SBCC Classic.
 Givon Crump topped the Lancers (8-5) with 24 points. After leading 37-31 at the half, Pasadena hit 57.1 percent in the final 20 minutes (16-28) while the Vaqueros shot 32 percent (8-25).
 Santa Barbara pulled within three at 43-40 on two free throws by JP Dodson with 14:05 to play. Crump hit a jumper and and a 3-pointer to start the 23-6 run that stretched the lead to 66-46 with 5:31 remaining.
 Dodson and Chris Popov led the Vaqueros (2-10) with 10 points apiece. The home team committed 20 turnovers, leading to 26 Lancer points.
 “The difference in the game was we had too many unforced turnovers,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We got careless with the basketball and they got some runouts. We had too many empty trips that kept us from getting shot attempts.“
 Jalani Davis had seven points and four rebounds and Alex DiManno handed out four assists. Pasadena led 17-6 at the outset but SBCC rallied behind 3-pointers by Popov and Davis. They took their only leads at 22-21 and 24-23 on layups by Tanner Foster and Dodson.
 Hancock won the Classic title by beating L.A. Valley 96-82. Tournament MVP Jordan O’Byrne tallied 33 points and seven rebounds. He hit 12-18 from the floor, including 6-11 from 3-point land. O'Byrne finished with 93 points in three games, the second-highest total in Classic history.
 The Bulldogs (8-3) took control with a 17-3 run midway through the second half. A triple by O’Byrne boosted the lead to 77-62 with 8:07 to play.
 Andre Winn scored 26 to lead Cypress past West L.A. 81-77 in the consolation final.
 The all-tourney team featured O’Byrne (MVP) and teammate Abe Millsap (18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists); Marcus Johnson (18 points) and Alex Strauther of L.A. Valley; Givon Crump of Pasadena and Andre Winn of Cypress.
 The Vaqueros will be off until after Christmas when they open play in the Hancock Holiday Classic on Dec. 28 against Butte.

Friday, Dec. 9 -- SBCC Classic, semifinal: Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m.  Hancock 84, SBCC 76  Record: 2-9

Hancock outlasts Vaqueros 84-76

Dodson scores 14; O’Byrne has 34 for Bulldogs

 SBCC hung with Hancock for 28 minutes on Friday night before the Bulldogs got hot from beyond the 3-point arc and toppled the Vaqueros 84-76 in the semifinals of the 39th annual SBCC Classic.
 Santa Barbara only had two turnovers in the opening half, which ended in a 44-44 tie. SBCC’s Chris Popov tied the game at 53-53 on a 3-pointer with 12:09 to play.
 Jordan O’Byrne put the Bulldogs (7-3) ahead with a trey that ignited a 25-11 run. Hancock hit six triples during that streak, including four by O’Byrne who tossed in a game-high 34 points. The sophomore guard has hit 6-of-12 from downtown each of the last two nights and has 60 points in the tournament.
 The 25-11 burst gave Hancock a 79-64 lead with 3:31 to play. The Vaqueros (2-9) scored the next nine points and pulled within six on a short bank shot by Scott Burrows with 31.4 seconds left.
 Hancock put the game away with four straight free throws.
 JP Dodson, a freshman from San Marcos High, led the Vaqueros with 14 points while Michael Hansen had 12 points and six rebounds. Eric Becker added 11 points and Scott Burrows had eight.
 Alex DiManno and Kenny Edwards handed out five assists apiece.
 The Vaqueros made just 28.6 percent in the second half and were outshot for the game, 46 to 38 percent.
 “They were working it inside a lot more in the second half and we didn’t respond as well as we could have,” said Dodson. “They hit a lot of 3s. Hancock is a good team. If we can stay with them, we can stay with a lot of good teams.”
 Hancock made 6-13 from distance in the second half and 11-26 for the game. The Vaqueros were 2-12 on second-half treys and 7-26 overall.
 SBCC will play Pasadena in the third-place game on Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. championship between Hancock and the L.A. Valley. Valley beat Pasadena 72-67 in Friday's nightcap.
 West L.A. defeated Oxnard 83-71 to advance to the 3 p.m. consolation final against Cypress, which outlasted Victor Valley 91-85.
 The Vaqueros took their biggest lead at 42-38 when Becker scored on a long lob from DiManno with 1:30 to go in the first half. O’Byrne knotted the score at 44 with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
 SBCC made 25 of 30 free throws and only committed seven turnovers.
 “At the beginning of the second half, they went to a quick inside attack and took a six-point lead,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We have to shoot better than 28 percent. We were able to tie it (at 53) but we kept shooting perimeter shots when we should have been attacking a little more.
 “We executed really well on offense in the first half. We weren’t as patient in the second half and we didn’t make some reads like we did in the first half. Hancock is a good team and that No. 15 (O’Byrne) is a tremendous shooter. He hit some big 3s that broke our back.”

Thursday, Dec. 8 -- SBCC Classic: Cypress at SBCC, 7 p.m.  SBCC 80, Cypress 70  Record: 2-8

Vaqueros top Cypress in Classic opener
Burrows, Becker combine for 35 in home debut

 The “B Boys” showed off their “A game” on Thursday night, leading SBCC to an 80-70 men’s basketball win over Cypress in the opening round of the 39th annual SBCC Classic.
 Scott Burrows scored 19 points and Eric Becker added 16 to guide the Vaqueros (2-8) to victory in their home debut. Burrows and Becker are sophomores from Santa Ynez High.
 Burrows, a 6-4 guard, hit 8-18 from the field and grabbed five rebounds while Becker, a 6-5 forward, nailed 7-8 shots and had a team-high six boards. The Vaqueros won the rebound battle 32-26, despite giving up 15 offensive rebounds.
 “This is my first game back after missing the last two weeks,” said Burrows. “We ran the offense really well and my teammates were finding me. When we run the offense collectively like that, anyone can go off on any given night.”
 In other games, Hancock fell behind 16-0, then rallied to wallop Victor Valley 101-75; L.A. Valley topped Oxnard 75-60 and Pasadena beat West L.A. 60-53.
 SBCC will battle county rival Hancock in Friday’s first semifinal at 7 p.m. L.A. Valley will meet the Pasadena-West L.A. winner at 9 p.m. The consolation semifinals feature West L.A. and Oxnard at 3 p.m., followed by Victor Valley and Cypress at 5 p.m.
 Michael Hansen and JP Dodson each scored nine for the Vaqueros and Alex DiManno had five assists. Dodson hit 5-6 free throws in the final 37 seconds to secure the victory.
 “This was our most complete game,” said Becker. “We made the extra passes and shot the ball well.”
 Santa Barbara held the Chargers (3-5) to 27.8 percent shooting in the second half and outshot them 51 to 33 percent for the game. Malcolm Whittington led Cypress with 15 of his 17 points coming in the first half.
 The Vaqueros jumped ahead 19-11 and led 43-36 at intermission.
 SBCC extended the margin to 14 points (58-44) on long triple by DiManno with 13:48 to play. Cypress shaved the deficit to 67-61 with 4:54 to go before Burrows buried a 3-pointer from the right corner on an assist from Dodson.
 “We took a timeout and we knew we needed a good shot because they had gone on a little run,” said Burrows.
 The Vaqueros shot over 50 percent for the first time this season.
 “Offensively, we did a great job of executing and sharing the ball,” said coach Morris Hodges. “Our defense was stellar. We created a lot of turnovers and we got some runout opportunities.
 “This was our best game of the year. We played two good halves of basketball. We’ve been working hard in practice and it was good to see the guys get rewarded for their improvement during the week.”

Friday, Dec. 2 -- Mountie Classic at Mt. SAC: Orange Coast 58, SBCC 49  Record: 1-8

     Turnovers hinder SBCC
Thomas collects 22 points, 9 rebounds

 After building an eight-point second-half lead with 14 minutes left, SBCC started turning the ball over on Friday and Orange Coast took advantage to post a 58-49 victory at the Mountie Classic in Walnut.
 Kenny Thomas had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Vaqueros. Cameron Nelson added 13 points and Anthony Williams had five assists.
 Santa Barbara committed 12 turnovers during a 17-0 Pirate run that turned a 41-33 deficit into a 50-41 lead with 3:30 to play. SBCC had 31 turnovers, leading to 27 points for the Pirates.
 The Vaqueros lost despite winning the shooting (43 to 36 percent) and rebounding (40-31) battles. They led 28-24 at the half.
 The Vaqueros will host the 39th annual SBCC Classic, starting Thursday with four games at 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. They’ll take on Cypress at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1 -- Mountie Classic at Mt. SAC, Walnut: Mt. SAC 87, SBCC 54  Record: 1-7

  Cold shooting hurts Vaqueros
Tourney host Mt. SAC posts 87-54 win

 Mt. San Antonio jumped ahead 18-2 in the opening minutes on Thursday night and went on to defeat SBCC 87-54 in the opening round of the Mountie Classic in Walnut.
 The Mounties, ranked No. 12 in Southern Cal, outshot the Vaqueros 49 to 34 percent and outrebounded them 40-33. They made their first eight shots on the way to a 48-25 halftime lead.
 JP Dodson led the Vaqueros with 12 points. Kenny Thomas had 10 points and five rebounds. Anthony Williams and Cameron Nelson also scored 10 apiece. SBCC committed 27 turnovers, leading to 28 points.

Saturday, Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving Classic at Oxnard:  Compton 78, SBCC 63  Record: 1-6

  Turnovers cost Vaqueros in loss
They commit 25 in 78-63 setback to Compton

 SBCC couldn’t overcome 25 turnovers in a 78-63 loss to Compton on Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Oxnard Thanksgiving Tournament.
 The Tartars closed out the first half on a 17-7 run to take a 43-29 lead at intermission. SBCC had 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
 Cameron Nelson led the Vaqueros with 12 points while Kenny Thomas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Robert Cid added nine points.
 The Vaqueros were outshot 47 to 34 percent and made just 4-of-21 from long range.

Friday, Nov. 25 -- Thanksgiving Classic at Oxnard: West L.A. 97, SBCC 79  Record: 1-5

 West L.A. tops Vaqueros 97-79
DiManno tallies 26 at Oxnard Tourney

West L.A. took control midway through the first half on Friday and went on to defeat SBCC 97-79 in the opening round of the Thanksgiving Classic at Oxnard College.
 Freshman guard Alex DiManno topped the Vaqueros with 26 points, four rebounds and five assists. He hit 9-of-17 from the field and 5-11 from 3-point range. JP Dodson added 12 points and four boards while Kenneth Edwards had eight points and three rebounds.
 The Wildcats outshot the Vaqueros 56 to 38 percent and outrebounded them 43-36. West L.A. broke open a 19-19 tie with an 11-2 run that produced a 30-21 lead with six minutes left in the first half.
 The Vaqueros trailed 47-35 at intermission and fell behind by 20 (59-39) with 15 minutes to play. Santa Barbara went on a 23-9 run to pull within six, 68-62, at the 10-minute mark. But the Vaqueros missed six of their next seven shots and the Wildcats boosted the lead to 14 points.
 “They shot really well in the first half (7-12 on 3s) and we didn’t defend as well as we needed to,” said coach Morris Hodges. “When you don’t convert, you can’t stop those dynamic runs.”

Sunday, Nov. 20 -- Hunter Classic at San Bernardino, Consolation final:  Pasadena 74, SBCC 65  Record: 1-4

Vaqueros fall in consolation final
Dodson scores 16 at Hunter Classic

 Pasadena opened the second half on a 12-0 run Sunday afternoon and went on to defeat SBCC 74-65 in the consolation final of the Hunter Classic at San Bernardino Valley.
 JP Dodson, a freshman guard from San Marcos High, scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, helping the Vaqueros to a 34-33 lead at the break. SBCC (1-4) enjoyed early leads of 14-5 and 22-14.
 Michael Hansen added 11 points while Anthony Williams and Cameron Nelson had eight. Jalani Davis was the top rebounder with seven.
 The Vaqueros shot 35.8 percent for the game and were outrebounded 43-35.
 Pasadena (4-3) led by as many as 12 before the Vaqueros rallied, pulling within three (68-65) on three free throws by Nelson with 1:47 to play. Santa Barbara turned the ball over on its next four possessions and the Lancers sealed the win by making 6-of-8 free throws.
 “We played a solid first half and our defense was solid except for their spurt at the start of the second half,” stated SBCC coach Morris Hodges. “We had some easy opportunities that we didn’t convert.”
 The Vaqueros will take on West L.A. on Friday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the Oxnard Thanksgiving Classic.

Saturday, Nov. 19 -- Hunter Classic at San Bernardino: SBCC 72, American Sports 62  Record: 1-3

Becker sparks first win, 72-62

Vaqueros rally from early deficit

 Eric Becker scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds on Saturday as SBCC rallied to beat American Sports University 72-62 at the San Bernardino Tournament for its first win of the season.
 Anthony Williams had 11 points and six rebounds and Cameron Nelson scored 10 points in seven minutes for the Vaqueros (1-3).
 After falling behind 18-6, Santa Barbara used a 15-0 run to take a 37-32 halftime lead.
 “They were pressing us early and we made a bunch of turnovers,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We put in some subs and got the lead back at half.”
 Michael Hansen scored eight points in the first half and Kenneth Edwards finished with six rebounds and five assists. Jalani Davis also had six rebounds, helping the Vaqueros to a 41-32 advantage on the boards.
 SBCC led by as many as 17 in the second half (58-41). The lead shrunk to five with five seconds left (67-62) before Williams and Alex DiManno combined to make five straight free throws.

Friday, Nov. 18 -- Hunter Classic at San Bernardino: Compton 72, SBCC 69  Record: 0-3

Compton nips Vaqueros 72-69
   Dodson has 17 at Hunter Classic

 JP Dodson scored 17 points with five rebounds on Friday afternoon but SBCC came up short against Compton, 72-69, in the opening round of the Hunter Classic in San Bernardino.
Scott Burrows added 12 points and Anthony Williams had 11 for the Vaqueros (0-3). Dodson, Burrows and Williams all had five rebounds.
 Santa Barbara, which trailed 36-33 at intermission, took the lead 59-58 on a 3-pointer by Dodson with 5:40 to play. Compton regained a four-point advantage before Alex DiManno cut it to one with a triple that made it 70-69 with 21 seconds left.
 Compton hit a pair of free throws at the 0:17 mark and the Vaqueros missed a pair of 3-point tries that would have tied it.
 The Vaqueros shot 39 percent and outrebounded the Tartars 37-35.
 “This was the most consistent 40 minutes we’ve played,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We won the rebounding for the first time but we hurt ourselves by missing a lot of easy opportunities.”

Saturday, Nov. 12 -- Glendale Tip-Off Tournament: SBCC vs. Victor Valley, 1 p.m.  Victor Valley 76, SBCC 57  Record: 0-2

 Cold finish sinks Vaqueros
They’re outscored 15-3 to end game

 SBCC went cold in the final 7:40 on Saturday and fell to Victor Valley 76-57 in the third-place game of the Glendale Tip-Off Tournament.
 The Vaqueros (0-2) were trailing 61-54 with 7:40 to go before missing their next eight field goals and six straight free throws. They were outscored 15-0 until Milan Pfeisinger hit a 3-pointer with three seconds to play.
 “We played well in the first half (when they made 17-20 free throws) but we had that long cold spell that included a couple of front ends of 1-and-1s,“ said coach Morris Hodges.
 SBCC shot 27.4 percent for the game (17-62) and was outrebounded 55-39. They converted just 3-of-14 free throws in the second half.
 Anthony Williams paced the Vaqueros with 13 points and six rebounds while JP Dodson had 12 points and four boards. Kenny Thomas grabbed six rebounds.
 “We’re not a big team and we knew rebounding would be a factor but it’s really plagued us in the first two games,” Hodges said.

Friday, Nov. 11 -- Glendale Tip-Off Tournament: SBCC at Glendale, 5 p.m.  Glendale 78, SBCC 62  Record: 0-1

Vaqueros fall in debut, 78-62
Glendale dominates boards

 SBCC had a tough time on the boards in Friday night’s season opener and Glendale took advantage to post a 78-62 win in the Glendale Tip-Off Tournament.
 The visiting Vaqueros led 36-35 at intermission but shot just 32 percent in the second half. Glendale won the rebound battle, 46-22.
 Mike Hansen and Alex DiManno scored 13 apiece for SBCC while Anthony Williams had eight.
 ”The key was our inability to keep them off the boards,” said coach Morris Hodges. “We were down three in the second half, then took some quick 3-point shots and that led to runouts for them.”
 Glendale stretched a 47-44 lead to 66-56 with five minutes remaining. SBCC was down 68-60 when the Vaqueros fouled a player on a 3-point try with one second on the shot clock. He made all three free throws for an 11-point lead.
 SBCC shot 37 percent in the opening half and hit 5-13 from long range. Glendale shot 50 percent for the game.

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