Tony Gill signs a letter of intent with
University of the Pacific (Division I/Big West Conference)
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Tony Baldocchi commits to Mountain State (WV)
Allan Brown commits to Montana State-Northern
JJ Mina commits to Colorado State-Pueblo
James Tillman commits to Cal State-Los Angeles
Tony Gill & James Tillman
on being named All-Big 8 Conference First Team
and Ryan Salmonson
on being named All-Big 8 Conference Honorable Mention
HOME OF THE 2012
CCCAA BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
5/6/12Tillman to Thompson
Hawks split versus Sierra and Sac City, host 1st place SRJC tonight
Following three straight victories to open Big 8 play, the Hawks closed last week with a tough overtime loss to then top-ranked Diablo Valley College at home. The loss snapped the Hawks seven game winning streak, and threw them into a tie for second place, as they headed to Rocklin to face Sierra College (11-8; 3-3) on Tuesday night. The Wolverines controlled tempo from the opening tip, taking advantage of Cosumnes River's poor transition defense, and capitalizing on timely shooting from the perimeter. Forward Tony Gill (Oakmont), CRC's Student-Athlete of the Month for December, played one of his best games of the season as he scored 25 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Gill's stellar play would not be enough to spur a comeback however, as Sierra defeated Cosumnes River 90-77 on Tuesday night, increasing the Hawks Big 8 losing streak to two games. Sophomore wing James Tillman (Pioneer) added 18 points for the Hawks, while post Ryan Salmonson (Colfax) also scored in double figures, pouring in 11 points in the loss.
The schedule did not look to get any easier for the Hawks, who proceeded to host rival Sacramento City (13-5; 2-4) on Friday night, who defeated CRC earlier in the year in the Hawks Invitational championship game. The game was tightly contested from the beginning to end, as the Hawks entered halftime with a narrow 35-34 advantage. However, Cosumnes River's timely shooting and outstanding defense on the perimeter helped the Hawks secure the victory, as CRC defeated the Panthers 72-69. Tony Gill led all scorers with 20 points on the night, shooting a perfect 10 of 10 from the charity stripe, while knocking down a pair of three-pointers. Ryan Salmonson also helped pace the Hawks offense, scoring 14 points in the effort.
The victory over Sac City gives the Hawks a 4-2 Big 8 conference record, 14-7 overall, heading into play this week. The Hawks open the week with a pivotal home game against first-place Santa Rosa JC (17-4; 6-0), currently ranked #7 in the State. Tip-off for this contest is scheduled for 7:30. Cosumnes River finishes out the week on the road against Delta College (3-14; 1-5), who have struggled mightily since opening conference play.
Hawks retain #16 ranking, 2nd place in Big 8
According to Cosumnes River men's basketball coach James Giacomazzi, "there are games you lose and games where you just get beat," the latter indicative of the Hawks experience against top-ranked Diablo Valley College (16-2; 3-1) on Friday night. In the much anticipated match-up between two of the Big 8 conference's top teams, the Hawks and Vikings did not disappoint, putting on an impressive spectacle that required an overtime period to declare a winner.
The Hawks and Vikings took the first half to get a feel for each other's personnel and tempo of play, as DVC took a 27-22 lead into the half, following a first period characterized by stifling defense from both sides. In the second half, DVC guard Brian Goins took control, scoring many of his game-high 40 points in the half to build a comfortable lead over the Hawks. However, a late CRC run capped off by a Tony Gill (Oakmont) three-point basket at the buzzer, sent the game into overtime with both squads deadlocked at 72 after regulation. Diablo Valley managed to take back momentum following three consecutive possessions where the Hawks failed to score to open the period, as CRC managed just four points in OT, falling to the Vikings 82-76. Sophomores James Tillman (Pioneer) and Tony Gill (Oakmont) paced the offense, scoring 23 points each and knocking down two three-point field goals apiece.
Cosumnes River opened the week against crosstown rival American River (5-9; 0-4), who never managed to get going defensively against the Hawks on Tuesday. CRC shot the Beavers out of their zone defense, hitting eight three-point baskets on the day. The Hawks impressive display of shooting from the perimeter was led by sophomores JJ Mina (Bradshaw Christian) and Tony Baldocchi (Cardinal Newman), who each notched three trey's on the night. Mina finished the contest with a team-high 19 points, and Baldocchi wasn't far behind with 17 points, as Cosumnes River preyed on the Beavers 99-75.#16 CRC enters the week with a record of 13-6 overall, 3-1 in conference, by heading to Rocklin to take on the Wolverines of Sierra College (9-8; 1-3). The Hawks close out the week with a rematch against visiting Sacramento City (13-3; 2-2), looking to avenge a loss to the Panthers in the Hawks Invitational occurring back in November. Tip-off for that match-up is scheduled for 7:30.
Hawks take 3rd at Clark Classic, head to MJC Invitational today
Coming off a disappointing showing at the Ed Boyle Classic at Mendocino College, the Cosumnes River
men's basketball entered the weekend with a .500 record, a disappointment given the lofty
expectations the team had entering the season. However, the Hawks have performed well,
historically, in the James Clark Classic. The Clark Classic began Thursday afternoon, running through
the championship game which was held on Saturday. The Hawks opened the tournament with an 82-
58 rout over Napa Valley, in a game that saw CRC shoot over 50% from the field. Sophomore post
Tony Gill (Oakmont) led the way with 19 points and 17 rebounds, and frontcourt mate Ryan
Salmonson (Colfax) added 18 points to put away the Storm handedly.
Game two saw the Hawks tip-off against Feather River, who narrowly came away with a victory over
Columbia College in their first contest. Feather River shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter,
hitting 13 three-pointers en route to a 105-95 victory over the Hawks. Cosumnes River moved on to
face the 20th ranked Chabot Gladiators of Hayward in the third-place game on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks dominated the Gladiators throughout the contest, as Chabot had difficulty defending CRC's
size inside the paint. Ryan Salmonson scored 39 points while grabbing 16 rebounds for the Hawks, on
his way to earning All-Tournament honors. Tony Gill notched another double-double, as he poured in
12 points while collecting 15 rebounds on the day.
Cosumnes River (5-4) heads to Modesto to compete in the 16-team Modesto JC Invitational today.
The Hawks face the Blue Devils of Merced (1-6) in the opener, which will tip off at 4:00 PM today. CRC
will then be idle on Wednesday, before competing in the second game of the Invitational on Thursday,
at a time to be determined.
Hawks host James Clark Classic this Thursday-Saturday
After a disappointing showing in Ukiah in the Ed Boyle Classic earlier this month, Cosumnes River looks to rebound at home, as they host the James Clark Classic December 1st through the 3rd. The Hawks (3-3) take on the Storm of Napa Valley College in the opening round, which will take place Thursday. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 3 PM. Other teams participating in the tournament this weekend will be Feather River of Quincy, Columbia College or Sonora, Chabot of Hayward, Porterville, Merced, and Big 8 rival Modesto Junior College. The full tournament bracket can be found at the following link: http://t.co/RwHBtiJW.
Hawks fall in Ed Boyle consolation game
An old sports cliché is that the game "is a game of inches;" for the 2011-2012 Cosumnes River College men's basketball team, the game is a mere matter of a couple possessions. Ranked #18 in the state to begin the year, the Hawks concluded their opening tournament at home by dropping a close contest to local rival Sacramento City, a contest the Hawks seemed to give away in the concluding minutes. Looking to rebound from that difficult loss, the Hawks travelled north to Ukiah to take part in the Ed Boyle Classic at Mendocino College. The tournament took place last Thursday through Saturday, and featured many teams who CRC defeated on their way to the 2010 tournament championship. They opened up at #8 Las Positas, a talented-squad who the Hawks defeated in the 2010 Ed Boyle Championship game.
Cosumnes River jumped to an early double-digit lead over the Hawks of Las Positas, as the interior combination of Tony Gill (Oakmont) and Ryan Salmonson (Colfax) took advantage of an undersized Las Positas front court. Sophomore James Tillman (Pioneer) was a force defensively, negating the Hawks primary scoring threat for the majority of the first half, as CRC took a 35-31 lead into halftime. Cosumnes River lost one of their starters in sophomore Fred Mobley (Oakmont) late in the first half to an ankle injury, and having already lost forward JJ Mina (Bradshaw Christian) for the entire tournament, the short-handed Hawks entered the second half on their heels without two of their starters. Cosumnes River pushed the lead to double-digits to begin the half, but turnovers and 60% field goal shooting from Las Positas closed the gap, as both teams were tied at the end of regulation, forcing overtime. Consecutive drives of made Las Positas baskets, followed by CRC turnovers, solidified the 79-73 overtime victory for Las Positas who advanced to the winner's bracket.
The loss set up a rematch of last year's second round match-up, as Cosumnes River took on Siskiyous in an elimination game on Friday. Siskiyous jumped out to an early lead over the Hawks, but Cosumnes River made a run late in the second half to tie things up entering halftime. The Hawks began to pull away, holding a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half, and put an exclamation point on the 69-59 victory with a Tony Gill dunk at the buzzer. Cosumnes River advanced to play #11 Cuesta in the consolation game, in a match-up of arguably the two most-talented teams in the tournament. But team's played solid, up-tempo basketball, as each team traded baskets early in the first half while Cosumnes River played to a 45-44 advantage at the half. However, Cuesta took advantage of missed shots and turnovers, as they paced the Hawks for most of the second-half. CRC made a late run, but Hawks offensive fouls and timely shooting from Cuesta slammed the door on the rally, as Cuesta defeated Cosumnes River 85-80 in the consolation game.
Cosumnes River heads into the break with a 3-3 record, and returns to action at the beginning of December in the James Clark Classic at Cosumnes River College.
The 2010-2011 Cosumnes River College men's basketball team had four players honored in the Big 8 Conference. Sophomore Gabe Strong was selected to the Big 8 First Team All Conference Team. Freshman Tony Gill was also selected to the Big 8 First Team All Conference Team. Sophomore Michael Elliott and Freshman James Tillman were selected as Honorable Mention All Conference Team. Congratulations for all of your accomplishments. Good luck to all of the graduating sophomores.
On Tuesday, February 15th the Cosumnes River College men's basketball team (17-10) hosted San Joaquin Delta College (11-12). This game was televised by Cosumnes River College Advanced Television Production class. The Hawks came up short and lost to the Mustangs by a final score of 74-91.
On Thursday, February 17th the Cosumnes River College men's basketball team (17-11) hosted Sierra College (13-13). This would be the Hawks last game of the season. This game would prove to be another Big 8 battle. The Hawks would eventually defeat the Wolverines by a final score of 72-62.
The Cosumnes River College men's basketball team finished their year 18-11 overall and 8-6 in Big 8 Conference play.
The Hawks had a great year and are loaded with talent. We expect great things from this team next year! Way to go Hawks!!
Three players sign on full scholarships!
Anthony Johnson - East Tennessee State University
Josh McCarver - Sacramento State University
Cory Zackery - University of Indianapolis
Men's Basketball is happy to announce the signing of
Shelby Parson to Hope International University.
He is the 4th player from the 2009-10 season to sign!
2009-2010 Season Round Up:
Conference Record: 12-2
Overall Record: 23-6
-Made it to the Sweet 16 (Back to Back Years)
-Led The Big 8 In Scoring
All-State First Team:
All-State Honorable Mention:
Conference Player of the Year:
All-Conference 1st Team:
All-Conference 2nd Team:
Big 8 Coach of the Year:
Hawks Finished Their Season Ranked:
Hawks Conference Champs!
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team kept the streak alive as they posted their 7th victory in a row. The team went on the road to Delta College for a showdown with the Mustangs. These two teams have “history” and have always battled each other to the final whistle. Tonight would prove to be no different. CRC came in knowing that with this win they would secure 1st Place in the Big 8 Conference. With a lot on the line, they went to work and came away with a 77-70 victory! Anthony Johnson led the way with 20 points, Carson Bruce added another 14, and Jamelle Barrett rounded up the double digit scorers with 13. The Hawks now improved to 10-2 in Conference and 20-5 Overall. They are currently ranked 1st in Conference, 4th in Region and 6th in State. The team will close regular season play this Friday when they head up the road to Sierra College, tip off at 8:00 PM.
Hawks Pummel Beavers
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team extended their winning streak to three as they took on American River College Tuesday evening. The Hawks, who are currently holding down 1st Place in the Big 8 Conference, went right to work as they wanted to take care of business. With a lot on the line they pulled away and ran with the night beating the Beavers 81-69. Cory Zachery (Lithonia H.S.) led the team with 22 points, Gabe Strong (Capital Christian H.S.) added another 17, Jamelle Barrett (Mt. Zion H.S.) had 14, and Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) rounded the double digit scorers with 13. The Hawks now improve their conference record to 7-2 and their overall record to 17-5. They will return to the court this Friday when they travel to Santa Rosa Jr. College to take on the Bear Cubs at 8:00 PM.
Hawks Take Down Wolverines
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team took on Sierra College last night in a big conference match-up. The Hawks came in, in a three way tie for 2nd Place. With a lot on the line, the team started to take care of business. Just coming off of a Delta loss in overtime last Friday, they were hungry to get back on track. Sophomore Anthony Johnson was not just hungry but starved as he said "I promise we'll win this game tonight." Indeed he was right as it didn't take long for the team to start pulling away and essentially running with the game. Forward Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) led the team with 17 points while guard Jamelle Barrett (Mt. Zion Prep H.S.) and forward Gabe Strong (Capital Christian H.S.) followed closely behind him both adding 15 points. The Hawks came away with a 77-61 victory improving their Big 8 record to 5-2 and moved up a slot and tie for First Place with Delta College. The Hawks go on the road this Friday as they travel down to Modesto Jr. College for an 8 PM showdown with the Pirates. Conference Snip-Its:
Jamelle Barrett is in 6th place averaging 15.3 PPG
Anthony Johnson is in 7th place averaging 15.0 PPG
CRC leads the Conference With:
-75.9 Points Per Game
-79 Defensive Shots Blocked
-40.7 Rebounds a Game
Hawks Reign Victorious at Skyline Classic
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team went on the road over the weekend to the Skyline Classic Tournament. There the team faced West Valley College, Skyline College, and Las Positas College. Friday night the Hawks opened up with the West Valley Vikings(4-5 record). The Hawks, who were on a 3 game winning streak, extended it to four as they easily took care of the Vikings 71-53. Jamelle Barrett (Mt. Zion Prep H.S.) had 25 points, Gabe Strong (Capital Christian H.S.) added 13, and Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) rounded up the top scorers with 11 points. One game down and one more to win in order to get into the Championship Game. In the way of the Hawks goal was the Host Team, Skyline College. The Trojans came into the matchup with a 3-6 record as they had just beaten the College of Marin 60-56. The Hawks showed no mercy as they went to work fast and pulled away winning 80-50. G. Strong paced the team with 13 points, J. Barrett and Shelby Parson (Living Faith Christian Academy H.S.) added 12 apiece, and Josh McCarver (Green Valley H.S.) had 10 points. With the win, they now advanced to 'The Ship' also known as the Championship game. There they would take on Las Positas College making it a Hawk vs. Hawk duel. CRC would remain perfect and would extend their win streak to six as they took down the Las Positas Hawks with a 69-58 score. J. Barrett stayed hot as he closed the weekend out scoring 22 and Vaughn Canta (Laguna Creek H.S) put down 17 points as the two led their team to a First Place finish. The Hawks have now taken First Place in the last two tournaments and look to stay hot as they travel to Gavilan College next Tuesday for a 3:00 PM Tip-Off. The team now has a 9-2 overall record.
Hawks Soar High
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team hosted the CRC James Clark 31st Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Attending the tournament were Chabot, Columbia, Feather River, Merced, Napa, San Jose City, and Skyline Colleges. The Hawks took on Feather River College in their first game and crushed them 78-60. Jamelle Barrett (Mt. Zion Prep H.S.) led the way with 22 points, Gabe Strong (Capital Christian H.S.) added 15, Cory Zackery (Lithonia H.S.) had 13, and Anthony Johnson rounded up the double digit scorers with 12 points. With the win the team then moved into the Semi-Final game where they took on Skyline College. Just like they did the night before the Hawks came out on fire and 'smoked' the Trojans 73-51. A. Johnson led with 16 points, G. Strong added another 13, and C. Zachary had 10. Now on a two game streak they rolled into the Championship Game where they would take on San Jose City College. The Jaguar's are ranked #1 in State and had handled both Columbia and Chabot College in their road to the Championship Game. The Hawks have been the underdog many times and more often than not they found a way to get the job done. This night would be no different. CRC took care of business with a 94-89 score to claim 1st Place in the Tournament. J. Barrett had an outstanding game scoring 32 points and was named the MVP of the Tournament. The Hawks are now on a three game win streak and look to continue it as they take off for the Skyline College Tournament in which will be held this coming weekend (Dec. 11-13th). The team is now 6-2 on the season.
Hawks Fall in Overtime
The Cosumnes River College men's basketball team opened up preseason play at home as they hosted the CRC Hawks Invitational Tournament. The gym was booming as they took the court against the College of the Siskiyous in the first round. The Hawks put on quite a show as they took care of business with a final score of 73-59. Cory Zackery (Lithonia H.S.) and Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) led the way with 13 points apiece and Josh McCarver (Green Valley H.S.) added on another 10 as those were the high scorers for the night. In the Semi-Final Round the team took on Canãda College. CRC prevailed again in a defensive struggle, coming away with a 56-43 win. Johnson was the teams high scorer in that game with 13 points. With two wins under their belt, they headed into the Championship Game to take on Los Medanos College. These two teams have a history, last year the Hawks took them on in the Semi-Final Game of this tournament and beat them to advance to the Championship game. This year revenge was on the minds of the Mustangs. The fan's couldn't have asked for a more exciting game as the teams were deadlocked at the end of the second half, sending the game into overtime. With fans on the edge of their seats and time winding down in overtime the Mustangs heaved up a shot that fell in as the buzzer rang. Los Medanos College slipped by with a 72-70 victory. CRC's McCarver led the team with 19 points, Gabe Strong added 15, Johnson had 13 and Corey Zackery rounded out the double digit scorers up with 10. The team had a great first weekend as they placed 2nd in the Invitational. The Hawks will be back in action this Saturday as they head to Columbia College for a 5:00 PM tip-off.
The Coaches Pre-Season Basketball Polls are out...
CRC Men's Basketball is ranked 20th in State.
After being in the rankings for the last 3 out of 4 years, the Hawks are gaining respect from the basketball community before the season starts. The last few year's the Hawks have worked their way into the rankings, but never started the year off being ranked.
CRC Shot Past DeAnza
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team continued their expedition in the Las Positas tournament Saturday afternoon. Coming back from an 87-70 loss to Chabot College Friday afternoon, the men turned it up a notch and slipped past DeAnza College 81-79. The Hawks came in confident this afternoon maintaining control for most of the game. Within the last three minutes of the game, DeAnza College was down 10 points and went on a run hitting two3 pointers followed by two field goals to tie the game up 79-79. In the last few possessions CRC was fouled and hit a free throw making it 80-79 then made a critical defensive stop. The last possession for CRC after the stop the Hawks again were fouled and hit another free throw to end the game 81-79. Four Hawks posted double figures this afternoon. Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) led the team with 21 points, Alonzo Earle (Seneca H.S.) tacked on another 20 points, Mike Elliott (El Dorado H.S.) had 17 points, and Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) rounded it up with 10 points. After the game Coach James Giacomazzi said "The team responded well after yesterday's adversity, they came back and hit key shots...the team also played for the full 40 minutes rather than just 25 minutes." With this win the team is now 1-1 on the season. The Hawks will be back in action Sunday (Nov. 9) at 1 pm in the consolation championship game against Columbia College.
Hawks Claim the Claim Jumpers
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team played Columbia Jr. College Sunday afternoon and won 89-76. The Hawks got into the drivers seat right away taking control of the game from the start. At half time the score was 42-35. After half, the Hawks made the margin between the two teams even wider ending with an 89-76 final score. Three Hawks scored in double figures. Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) led the way for the Hawks with 25 points, Mike Elliot (El Dorado H.S.) had 15 points and Alonzo Earle (Seneca H.S.) rounded it up with 11 points. Mike Elliot made the Las Positas All-Tournament team. With this win the CRC Hawks were the Consolation Champs. There record is now 2-1. They will be back in action this weekend here as they host the CRC Hawks Invitational Tournament. Their first game will be against Gavilan College at 8:00 pm Friday (Nov. 14) night.
CRC Rolls Past Gavilan College
The Cosumnes River College men's basketball team hosted the Hawks Invitational Tournament this past weekend. The tournament consisted of Chabot, Sac City, Solano, Delta, Canada, Los Medanos, Gavilan, and Cosumnes River College. Due to a hot water pipe breaking under the main gym earlier in the week at CRC, the tournament would have to be played in the school's small gym. The Hawks first game was Friday night (Nov. 14) and they opened against the Rams of Gavilan College. Coming into the weekend the Hawks were on a two game winning streak, by the end of the day they would extend it to three. The Hawks went to work early by winning the tip and scoring off the opening drive. The team played very well and stayed in command the whole first half. Going into halftime the score was 40-38 in CRC's favor. Cosumnes's Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) had 14 points and he would end up more than doubling that by the end of the game. The second half was not much better for the Ram's. At the 4:30 mark Gavilan made a run that would end up bringing them within 3 points, 73-70. The Hawks then kicked it up a notch and regained ground leading by 6 with 4:00 minutes remaining. The gap never exceeded more than 6 points as time wound down. At the 0:55 mark both teams were in double bonus and the score was 81-76. With 0:45 left the Ram's Vincent Bautista (San Benito H.S.) fouled CRC's Mike Elliot ( El Dorado H.S.) who went to the line and hit one out of two free throws putting the Hawks up 82-76. The Ram's answered back with a three pointer from Todd Janisch (San Benito H.S.) making it 82-79. On the inbound Chris James was fouled and hit the first free throw making it 83-79, but on the second free throw there was a CRC line violation-no basket. The Ram's came down the court and couldn't get a shot to fall. The ball was rebounded by CRC's James who was immediately fouled for the second time and headed back to the line. This time he put both his free throws away and widened the margin again to 6 points, 85-79. With 0:24 left on the clock the Ram's threw up a 3 pointer that didn't fall in and the Hawks rebounded it and put the ball in Alonzo Earle's (Seneca H.S.) hands who was then quickly fouled and headed for the last time to the line. Earle knocked down both baskets and brought the score to 87-79. With less than 15 seconds to go, the Ram's realized their fate and desperately attempted one last shot but it was off line and ended up in one of the Hawks hands. With only seconds left the Hawks just held the ball and waited for the buzzer to go off. The final score for the game was 87-79. Cosumnes ended with 3 players in double figures. Chris James lead with 30 points, Eric Jones (Mojave H.S.) added 13 points, and Alonzo Earle had 12 points. Gavilan also had 3 players in double figures. Arron Mollet lead his team with 31 points, Todd Janisch had 21 points, and Stephen Vargas (San Jose H.S.) rounded it up with 14 points. The Hawks next game will be Saturday (Nov. 15) at 8:00 pm against Los Medanos College. With this win the team is now 3-1 overall.
CRC Prevailed Past Los Medanos
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team took on Los Medanos College in the semi final game Saturday (Nov. 15). The Hawks were looking to extend their winning streak to four games and by the end of the day they did just that. With a great matchup at hand the Hawks were in for a hard 40 minutes of play. Los Medanos beat Canada College to get to the Hawks. The game started out evenly matched. In the first half the score went back and forth and ultimately ending at 44-42. The second half seemed a little different with CRC pulling ahead and building a lead going deep the stretch. With about 8:00 left the Hawks were up by 16 points. Thinking they were gaining ground is when the Mustangs made a huge run. The run consisted of numerous three point baskets and many quick field goals. Freshman Tyree Murray (Antioch H.S.) and Sophomore Phillip Ledoux were the two main contributors to the run. Ledoux led the way with 31 points in the second half (game total 36 points) and Murray ended up with 26 points (game total 31 points). Besides these two guys who scored 57 points between the two of them, the team only contributed 11 points in the second half. The game came down to the wire, with 0:10 left on the clock the Hawks were only up by 2 points when a Mustang fouled CRC's Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.). James went to the line and hit 1 out of 2 free throws now putting them up by 3 points with 0:04 left. Los Medanos went to inbound and threw a 'Hail Marry' ball down to the other end of the court, but the throw was a little off line and ended up in the stands. That was it for the ball game; CRC would win it 113-110. At the end there was six Hawks that scored in double figures. Chris James lead the way with 37 points, Alonzo Earle's (Seneca H.S)right behind him with 15 points, Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) added 13 points, Cory Zackery (Lithonia H.S.) had 13, Mike Elliott (El Dorado H.S.) with 11 points, and rounding it up with 10 points was Eric Jones. This was the first time this year that more than three Hawks were in double figures in one game. With this win the Hawks will play in the Championship game Sunday (Nov. 16) at 2:00 pm. With this win they are now 4-1 on the season.
Delta Wins Invitational and Snaps CRC's Streak
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team was on a four game winning streak rolling into the championship game of their Invitational. Just coming off of last night's 113-110 victory to Los Medanos College the Hawks had all the momentum coming into the matchup. At this time last year the Hawks were in the consolation championship game. Excited to be on the flip side, the Hawks would take on Delta College for the Championship game. The game started with the Hawks taking a quick 19-6 lead. With great defense and good shots, CRC stayed in control for quite a few minutes. Delta College took a long time to warm-up, but soon they would end up being the more patient team and would start to close the large gap between the two teams. Delta's Anthony Simi (St. Mary's H.S.) had locked in 15 points for his team trying to keep them head to head with CRC. By half time the rest of the Delta team had zoned in and the Hawks were only ahead by one point with the score of 38-37. Right out of the block, both teams went to work. Delta College came out hot, yet never led by more than 8 points during the half. CRC had many chances to get back into the driver's seat, but with missed opportunities the game started to slip away. Delta had composure, offensive boards, good shots, and great execution to carry them to their 84-73 victory. With this loss the Hawks are 4-2 on the season and will return to action Saturday (Nov. 22) when they travel to the College of the Sequoias for a 5:00 pm game.
No. 14 Hawks Hit Turbulence
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team traveled to the College of Sequoias Saturday afternoon and lost a heartbreaker. Just coming off an upsetting loss from Delta College, the Hawks had went into this past Saturday (Nov. 22) afternoon's game with high hopes of victory. The game started out in the Hawks favor as they controlled the Giants all first half. The shots were falling, CRC was patient with running their plays and finding the open man, defense was stellar. As the half wound down the Hawks stood firm with a 6 point lead. As both teams exited their locker rooms and got ready to begin the second half the momentum in which CRC had was about to suddenly change. As the buzzer went off and both teams checked their starters in, the Giants quickly evened the game up and then started to take the lead. By the time 8:00 had gone by the Hawks found themselves down by 11 points. With a little less than 7:00 minutes to go they started on their comeback. Just inside of 1:00 the Hawks found themselves deadlocked with the Giants and in possession of the ball. With only seconds left, they had a made crucial turnover. Despite their fight the game slipped away and the Hawks lost 64-60. Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) led the Hawks with 20 points, Alonzo Earle (Seneca H.S.)added 13 points, and Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) rounded it up with a double-double night 11points and 10 rebounds. With this loss CRC falls to 4-3 on the season. They will be back in action this Saturday (Nov. 29) when they take on Lassen College at CRC-5:00 pm.12-5-2008
Hawks to Much for Viking Vessel
Cosumnes River College is hosting the 30th Annual James Clark Classic Tournament Dec. 5-7th. The Hawks first game was Friday night (Dec. 5) at 8:00 pm vs. West Valley College. The two teams met last year in this tournament and the score was CRC 79 West Valley 87. This year would prove differently. The game started out in the Vikings favor when they quickly took the lead and held it though out the whole first half. At the 7:00 mark CRC was down its biggest deficit of 11 points. With a joint team effort, the Hawks closed the scoring gap to only 5 points by halftime, the score being 27-32. As both teams recharged at the break, CRC needed to find a way to overcome the opposite style of ball that West Valley was playing. Right out of the break, West Valley's Devon Mynhier (Piedmont Hills H.S.) hit a field goal that CRC's Antony Isom (Columbia H.S.) came back and matched. CRC then came down and made a stop on defense and the Hawks Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) came down and hit a huge 3 pointer to put the game within one basketball, 31-34. The defense made huge stops along the stretch and the offense found a way to convert most of them. The Hawks went on a 10-2 run and finally tied the game up at the 15:00 mark. The Vikings did not crumble, they came back fighting and the game ping ponged back and forth all the way till the end. With 1:24 left the score was CRC 64 West Valley 63. West Valley calls timeout to design a play at 1:19. With 0:50 left Devon Mynhier takes a good look at the basket and the ball goes in and circles the rim and pops out. CRC get the rebound and slowly brings the ball down the court starting their stall with 0:35 remaining. After a few passes the Vikings Mynhier fouls the Hawks shooter Chris James who makes the basket and heads to the line for one free throw. James knocks it down now giving CRC a little breathing room, 67-63. On the inbound Chris Goutama (California H.S.) takes the ball down the court and spots up for a shot with 0:13 on the clock and it goes in hitting nothing but net now bring the score back to 67-65. West Valley quickly calls timeout with :10 left. On the inbound CRC's Corey Zackery (Lithonia H.S.) was quickly fouled by Derek Okafor (Mitty H.S.). Zackery went to the line for two shots due to being in double bonus. He missed both shots and West Valley grabs the rebound and hustled down the court. As they pass the ball around looking for one last shot CRC's James got a hand on it and knocked it out of bounds on the side with a little more than 0:01 left. West Valley calls timeout followed by CRC calling timeout, both teams needing to strategize their offense and defense. The Vikings inbounded the ball to Danny Nugent (Jesuit H.S.) who got the ball stuck in one of CRC's jerseys and was not able to get a shot off. The Hawks had won it with a final score of 67-65. Tonight's leading scorers were Chris James -17, Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.)-16, and Antony Isom(Columbia H.S.)-10 for CRC and Danny Nugent- 22, Devon Mynhier (Piedmont Hills H.S.)-19 and Reece Behrens (Leigh H.S.)-10. The Hawks stay in the winner's bracket and take on Feather River College Saturday (Dec. 6) at 8:00 pm.
Hawks Streak Broken
Cosumnes River College men's basketball team was on a four game win streak heading into last Friday night's on the road match up with Sierra. The team had met already once this season back in January and the Hawks had escaped with a 67-52 victory. This rematch would prove true vengeance coming from the Wolverines. As the game began, the Hawks went to work early. The first 10:00 of the game was in CRC's favor. The Hawks were hot, up 12 points half way through the half. The second 10:00 swung to more of the Wolverines side as they tied the game up 30-30 by halftime. As the second half began, the Hawks went into a funk. The momentum that they gained in the first part of the game had swung the complete opposite way. With 22 turnovers, a season high, and being outscored 48 to 19, the Hawks lost with a final score of 49-78. This is the lowest scoring game for CRC all season. Cosumnes only had one double figure scorer, Derek Kulberg (Manteca H.S.) with 11 points. The Hawks will return to action this Thursday (Feb. 12th) when they host Modesto. Tip-off will be at 8:00 pm.2/20/09
Last Second Shot Wounds Hawks
The Cosumnes River College men's basketball team took on Santa Rosa College on the road last Friday Evening (2/20) to conclude Conference play. This was both teams last Big 8 matchup for the season. The last time these two teams met, the Hawks escaped with 65-63 victory. This time, the Hawks weren't as lucky as they lost within the last .5 seconds of the game. As they ball was thrown up for the tip off the Hawks went to work quickly. They played solid defense, executed their plays on offense, and crashed hard on the boards. Everything was going great for the Hawks; they had the games momentum and were cruising with it. At halftime the score was CRC 49 Santa Rosa 38. The second half would be a different story as Santa Rosa fought back. The Hawks led the game for 39:59.5 (out of the total 40:00)but the Bear Cubs kept creeping up closing the gap until they tied the game with 45 seconds left to play. Both teams deadlocked at 78-78. With 8 seconds left to play and the ball in CRC's hands, Coach Giacomazzi called time out to strategize. Just out of the timeout the Hawks went to run their play, but a ball handling mistake led to a turnover and a last second heaved 3 point shot by one of the Bear Cubs that fell in for the last second win. The Hawks top scorers for the game were Alonzo Earle (Seneca H.S.) with 22 points, Eric Jones (Mojave H.S.) with 17 points, Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) with 15 points, and to round up the double figure scorers was Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) with 12 points. The Hawks ended conference play with a record of 9-5 and claimed 2nd place. The team's overall record for the year thus far is 22-10, leaving them ranked 13th in State and 7th in Region. At the seeding meeting in which was held over the weekend, CRC ended up as the #8 seed and will host the 1st Round of Playoffs. This is the first time since 1993 that CRC Men's Basketball has hosted Post Season Play. The team will take on (#9) Los Medanos College at 7:00 PM this Friday (2/27).
2008-09 Hawks Make It To Sweet 16
The Cosumnes River College men's basketball team took on Los Medanos College last Friday night (2/27) in the first round of Playoffs. The stands were filled at the Community Athletic Center with faculty, staff, parents, and students all anxiously awaiting the battle that was about to take place. The two teams had met already once this year, November 15th in the Hawks Invitational and CRC had slipped by them with a 113-110 victory. Los Medanos came in to last Friday's match the Number 9 seed with a 12-4 Bay Valley Conference record (2nd Place), and an overall record of 23-9. CRC was seated in the Number 8 spot, with a 9-5 Big 8 Conference Record (2nd Place) and a 22-10 overall Record. As 7:00 PM arrived, it was time for the battle to begin. Los Medanos went to work early. The Mustangs had the lead for about the first 13:00 of play. During that time, the Hawks would tie the game and then they would get behind by a few points, tie, behind, etc. That happened until Alonzo Earle (Seneca H.S.) got the hot hand and went on a scoring streak. Earle hit five 3 pointers and one jumper scoring 17 points within a 4:42 time span. As Earle heated up with 7:12 on the clock, the Hawks took their first lead of the game at 30-28. From there they started pulling away, everyone was working together and finding ways to make stops on defense and put the ball through the hoop on offense. By halftime the score was in favor of CRC 46-41. Right as the second half got underway; Chris James (Cimarron Memorial H.S.) set the tone early hitting a three point basket. Los Medanos D’Angelo Williams (Antioch H.S.) answered James three with a two point jumper, but Earle came down and hit yet another three to squash the Mustangs momentum. From there Cosumnes started building their lead. At one point they led by 14 points. Los Medanos never gave up; they fought hard and found a way to tie the game up at 72-72 with about 6:00 remaining. With 5:29 left on the clock and both teams still locked in at 72, the Mustangs Tyree Murray (Antioch H.S.) fouled CRC’s Mike Elliott (El Dorado H.S.) who went to the line in bonus. Elliott made the first and shot the second but a CRC lane violation voided the second free throw. Now CRC up by one, the Hawks made a defensive stop and then Anthony Johnson (Carter H.S.) came down and banked a three pointer. The Hawks led from the point on till the end of the game. With 1:02 left on the clock the score was 86-76, and CRC was in double bonus. The Mustangs picked up their defense and made it very hard for the Hawks to inbound the ball. Within the last minute numerous timeouts were taken by both teams. Los Medanos called time out to stop the clock and Cosumnes called time outs because they were having trouble inbounding the ball. By the time the game came to an end, the final score was 91-86. Alonzo Earle tied his season high at 25 points, Chris James tallied 17, Mike Elliott racked up 15, Anthony Johnson ended with 14, and Eric Jones (Mojave H.S.) rounded up the night at 13 points. Los Medanos had three guys in double figures; Jeremy Knowles (Pittsburg H.S.) who had a season high 26 points, Lamorya Daniels (Antioch H.S.) also had a season high 19 points, and D’Angelo Williams ended with 10 points. With the Hawks win, they now move on to Round 2, and are now in the Sweet 16. Their next opponent will be Num. 1 Fresno City College. The Rams are currently 33-0, they are the Central Valley Conference Champs going 12-0. Fresno took on Skyline in their First Round and won 78-67. The Hawks will go on the road this Saturday; Tip Off will be at 7:30 PM.