As we fully transition to the winter sports season, basketball continues their tournament play. The women looked to continue their hot start to the season in the College of the Sequoias Tournament, while the men debuted at home in their annual Mountie Classic tournament.
The Mountie Classic took place this weekend, and it started off great on Friday. They blew out University of Antelope Valley JC 92-56. Keith Stewart led the way with a double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading the team in each respective category. Gabe Ontiveros led the team with six assists. Daniel DeJoya had three steals and big man Myles Allen threw in two blocks. The classic continued Saturday against Imperial Valley and it was the opposite type of game as the Mounties were blown out this time, 62-43. DeJoya had 15 points and three steals, Shallamar Poole had five rebounds, Ontiveros had a couple assists, and Allen had three blocks. The closer was a nice bounceback win on Sunday against Orange Coast, 90-88 in overtime. Stewart led the way again in this one with 19 points, seven boards, and a couple rejections. Dejoya did it all with 10 points, seven boards, and seven dimes. Ontiveros and Yahshua Smith each had a couple steals. The team now sits at 5-4 and will play at Palomar on Friday, Dec. 7.
The women took part in the College of the Sequoias tournament. They dominated Solano on Thursday 83-52. Jade Hughes had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tiana Douglas tied her for the team-high with 15 points. Aujanae Mayes helped serve them up with six assists. Natalia Shpegel was great on defense with six steals. Lauryn Manns had a couple blocks. Their dominating performance was followed by two heartbreaking losses. They lost to Sacramento City on Friday, 56-54. Sacramento City missed two free throws with eight seconds left and Tiana Burrell had a chance to win it with a three with three seconds left but could not hit it, leading to the second loss of the season. Manns was the team leader here with 12 points, Mayes had four assists, and Hughes had five steals. Saturday was another two point loss to Chabot. Shpegel missed a the game-tying three point attempt with 18 seconds to go. Chabot would ice the game with two free throws with 12 seconds left. Shpegel left it all on the court, with her 22 points. Hughes came close to a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Alexis Sanchez led the team with her three assists and steals. The Mounties will look to rebound from the tough weekend on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Palomar.