Falcons unable to stop Comets’ offensive push
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014 11:02
FAIRFIELD — Dominating offensively and defensively, the Contra Costa College men’s basketball team defeated Solano Community College 81-57 on Friday. CCC finished third place in the Bay Valley Conference, but missed getting a spot in the Northern California Regional playoffs.
The Comets (16-12 overall, 10-6 BVC) came out strong, dominating on both sides of the ball, and the game was over in the first half, with Solano (11-16 overall, 7-9 BVC) being incapable of recovering the lead from the Comets. Sophomore guard Fletcher Brown had his best game of the season scoring 18 points and going 2-2 on 3-pointers.
“It was a must win for us — and I just played my role and knocked down some shots,” Brown said.
Brown put the Comets on the board with his first 3-pointer of the night and CCC kept up its scoring attack to take a 9-2 lead over SCC. The Falcons tried to come back from the deficit, bringing the score 16-10 with 13:43 left in the first half, but the Comets denied them their comeback by running up the score. The Comets had a 42-24 lead over the Falcons at the half.
“We thought it was going to be a tough game,” men’s basketball coach Miguel Johnson said.
When the two teams played in San Pablo on Jan. 22 CCC was behind the entire game, but the Comets managed to stay on the Falcons’ heels. Toward the end of regulation in that game, sophomore guard Davion Mize made a clutch 3-pointer to give the Comets the win.
However, on Friday the Comets played like a squad that was determined to win a playoff spot.
“We started off playing hard, and with more intensity,” Mize said about the second meeting with SCC.
Johnson agreed. “We just attacked the rim a little bit stronger and we were playing better.”
Prior to the win against Solano, the Comets beat second place Merritt College (17-10 overall, 11-5 BVC) 87-84 on Feb. 19 in San Pablo.
The Comets’ players thought for sure if they beat the Falcons they would earn a spot in the playoffs. The players were excited for a chance to go to the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
Unfortunately for the Comets, the Thunderbirds handed first place Yuba College (21-5 overall, 15-1 BVC) its first conference loss of the season, 99-90, on Friday to take sole possession of second place.
Even though the men’s basketball squad beat the Falcons, it still needed the T-Birds to lose to earn a spot in the playoffs.
The Comets recorded 30 rebounds as a team, with freshmen players Darius Workman and Marcel Jones each grabbing eight of them.
Brown led the team offensively with 18 points and Mize added 16 points and four rebounds. The Comets made 81 percent of their free throws to go 17-21. Mize went 10-13 at the free-throw line. Freshman guard Armein Outing and Jones combined for 18 points in the first half, and all of those were on lay-ups. Freshman forward Jovell Vance added two 3-pointers in the second half.