Men’s Hoops Stays Atop CAL At Halfway Mark

By Jason Carrey & Mark Powers

On Wednesday night, CB Men’s basketball entered a blockbuster matchup at Rio Americano. Both teams entered the game undefeated in league play. The two teams were battling for sole possession of first place in the Capital Athletic League. CB, as usual, started off slowly once again. Rio took a 9-0 lead early in the 1st quarter, forcing coach Brian Chavez to call an early timeout. The Falcons picked up their play from there, but they could not muster a first half comeback, as they trailed 37-19 at the half. Chavez’s halftime speech must have worked because the Falcons came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Falcons had clawed their way back into the game and only trailed 45-37. A couple minutes into the 4th quarter, CB had come all the way back to tie the game at 51-51. The Falcons never looked back from there, as they took a 57-54 lead with 1:09 to play. However, Rio was not done. The Raiders scored and tied the game at 57 with 19 seconds remaining. After a quick Falcons possession, Rio had a shot at a game winner but they couldn’t get anything going, and they turned it over with 0.06 seconds to play to force overtime.

There wasn’t much scoring in the overtime session, but it was an exciting OT to watch. CB hit an early 3 to go up 60-57, but Rio responded with a 3 of their own to tie the game at 60. The teams went back and forth with no points scored, the Falcons had the ball with seven seconds to play. With Rio double-teaming senior Andre Albason (’18), CB looked for junior Anthony Zavala (’19) to make something happen. Zavala took the inbound pass and went coast-to-coast and put in a last second layup as time expired, giving the Falcons a huge 62-60 OT win. With the win, CB took over first place in the CAL with a record of 4-0. Rio fell to second place with a 3-1 record. We will look for these two teams to meet up later in the season on the Falcons Senior Night, and we expect another barn burner of a basketball game.

Senior guard Will Warner (‘18) caught fire on Friday night, drilling all five of his three point attempts in an 80-67 win over El Camino. The Falcons got off to a slow start, as they have many times this season, as El Camino scored 25 points in the first quarter. But for the rest of the game., though, the Falcons dominated. Warner nailed three of his five threes in the last three minutes of the second quarter to cut a double digit deficit to just two at the half. The third quarter was all Falcons, as they scored 27 points in the third to take a 65-54 lead into the fourth. Senior guard Andre Albason (‘18) powered the Falcons in the third and finished the game with 20 points. Albason’s control of the game and play making keyed the Falcons. The Falcons cruised in the fourth and improved to 5-0 in league play with a 13 point win.

TAKEAWAYS

BEN SNEED’S EMERGENCE

In the absence of big man Everett Perrot (‘18), who has been out for a month and a half with a finger injury, the 6’5 junior Sneed has stepped up. He has upped his averages to eight points and four rebounds a game. He has even showed off the ability to shoot the three ball of late, which has helped space the floor.

HOLY HOOPS

With the Holy Hoops looming Saturday, it’s important that the Falcons don’t look ahead, as they still have two important league games this week on the road against Casa and Vista.