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Squad returns to the playoffs

Comets victorious over Falcolns, 83-68

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Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:02

Pushing forward

Qing Huang / The Advocate

Comet guard Tyler West Jr. dribbles past a Falcons guard during their game against Solano Community College in the Gymnasium on Feb. 22.

Bound for a second consecutive postseason appearance the men’s basketball team beat Solano Community College (11-16 overall, 6-10 in the Bay Valley Conference) 83-68 on Friday at home securing the second place spot in the BVC.

CCC (21-4 overall, 12-4 BVC) completed one of its season goals by making the playoffs, but failed to meet another — earning the title of conference champions.

“That was our goal,” men’s basketball coach Miguel Johnson said. “We wanted to get to the playoffs again and win a conference championship but fell a little short to Yuba (College).”

Johnson said coming into this game he wanted his guys to attack the rim and carry some momentum into the state playoffs.

CCC will open Northern California Regional play at Cabrillo College Friday at 7 p.m. The Comets earned the 12th seed in the playoff bracket. Cabrillo is 5th.

The men’s basketball team dominated the Falcons in the first half shooting 3-3 from the 3-point line and controlling the pace with solid defense.

“We played decent (defense) throughout the game,” sophomore guard Jonathan Caldwell-Hudley said. “We stuck together and played hard.”

In the second half the Comets came out thinking the Falcons were going to give up, and started to stray away from their game plan of attacking the rim.

CCC made some bad shots selections and bad passes resulting in turnovers. CCC’s miscues allowed SCC to gain some momentum at the beginning of second half.

“Teams make adjustments and we came out a little lackadaisical,” Johnson said.

Sophomore forward Tyler West Jr. agreed.

“We just had to re-focus (in the second half),” he said. “They came out with nothing to lose.”

The Comets eventually picked up the defensive intensity, creating turnovers and increasing their lead. Going into the playoffs, CCC hopes to eliminate lackadaisical play when holding a large lead. Caldwell-Hudley said they relaxed and thought Solano was going to lie down in the second half.  
“We have to come out stronger next time.” He said.

Taking the postseason one game at a time is the team’s mind-set. After coming up short against City College of San Francisco in the second round of the NorCal playoffs last season, sophomore guard Justin Pollard said it feels good to be back in the playoffs.

“I’m just ready to play,” he said.

The Comets said their success this postseason is depending on how well the team executes.

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