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Comets dominate Storm offense, 72-51

Napa Valley College falls flat in second half

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013

Updated: Friday, February 8, 2013 17:02

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Qing Huang / The Advocate

Comet forward Jacob Monroe wins the rebound against Storm guards Kristian Grobecker (left) and Sam Howell (right) during their game against Napa Valley College in the Gymnasium on Feb. 6. The Comets were victorious over the Storm 72-51.

Storms can bring a myriad of bad weather elements to effected towns; rain, snow or hail for example – on Wednesday the men’s basketball team, equipped with umbrellas and rain suits, effectively weathered the Storm of Napa Valley College.

Earning their second straight victory, the Comets pummeled NVC (3-18 overall, 1-11 in the Bay Valley Conference) 72-51 Feb. 6 in the Gymnasium. Contra Costa College (17-6 overall, 8-3 in the BVC) jumps from fourth to third in the conference standings with the win.

Although CCC won big over the last place Storm, the men’s basketball squad still has to improve in order to make the postseason.

“We have to get better defensively,” coach Miguel Johnson said. “We (also) have to increase our ability to rebound and continue to play hard and our maturity level has to get better (as well). If we do those things we have the opportunity to finish strong.”

Although the squad needs to improve to make it past the second round of the state tournament, which is when the 2011-12 men’s basketball team was eliminated, against the outmatched Storm CCC looked nearly flawless.

A tough contest seemed to be on its hands heading into the half as CCC only led NVC by five points (26-21). However, in the second half, behind an unrelenting defense and solid rebounding the Comets dominated nearly every aspect of the game.

The Comets pulled down 37 rebounds compared to 28 by NVC. Tied for the team lead in both points and rebounds was sophomore forward Jacob Monroe.

“I just played my role,” he said. “That’s what they have me on the bench for – to come in and bring energy.” Monroe pulled down five boards and scored 13 points including two three-point jumpers from the top of the key. On one of the three attempts Monroe was lightheartedly heckled by a teammate who shouted, “That’s off,” as he attempted the rare, for Monroe at least, three-pointer.  He looked over at the CCC bench, smiled and said, “What?” to his doubtful cohort. “I can shoot threes,” Monroe said. “But my role (calls for me) to be more around the basket. (Before coming to CCC) I was a shooter.”

The Comets took advantage of their athletic ability, keeping Napa in a retreat mode. CCC players slashed to the basket where the Storm had trouble defensively. Napa sent Comet players to the foul line 18 times thanks to 13 second-half fouls – Napa center Ben Jazuk fouled out.

Comet guard Omariyae Boughton said, “We wanted to be in attack mode. Nobody (on Napa) was able to stand in front (of our penetrators). We wanted to speed up the tempo.”

CCC battles fifth place (in the BVC) Mendocino College (13-10 overall, 7-5 in the BVC) in Ukiah on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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