YUBA ROUNDUP: 49er men’s basketball opens with solid win
The Yuba College men’s basketball team opened play Friday night with an impressive 75-60 win over Santa Rosa at the prestigious City College of San Francisco Tournament.
Freshman big man Clayton Stultz scored 16 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, Isaiah Duplechan had 12 points and four assists, and River Valley High product Josh Dhatt chipped in with seven points, five rebounds and two steals.
Yuba coach Doug Cornelius said the team’s defensive effort was impressive throughout, especially considering the opponent’s 3-point shooting capabilities.
“We played really, really good defense tonight,” he said.
Yuba came into the season ranked 17th in the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association poll, while Santa Rosa was 15th.
As a reward for the victory, the 49ers will take on tournament host and No. 2-ranked City College of San Francisco at 7 p.m. today.
Cornelius said seven of the eight teams at the tourney are ranked in the top 20 in the state.
Yuba 4, Napa Valley 2
In Linda – The 49ers dug in and sent the Storm to their first Bay Valley Conference loss of the season.
Grayson Romig set up Kobe Bancroft’s goal 15 minutes into the game for a strong start, but Napa responded with two goals to take the lead.
Andreas Cuevas knotted the game at 2-2 just before the half, and also delivered the go-ahead goal in about the 75th minute. Both goals were unassisted.
Yanik Gonzalez put the icing on the cake and made it 4-2 as the minutes ticked toward 90.
Yuba coach Robbie Handy said he was proud of his team, especially considering some of the reshuffling of personnel it had to deal with.
“The guys did a great job of responding and playing in all of that adversity,” he said.
Yuba (5-11-1, 3-4-1 BVC) has a rematch with the Storm on Monday, this time on the road and as a makeup game due to the wildfires.
Yuba 3, Los Medanos 2
In Pittsburg – The 49ers went up 2-0 before outlasting the Mustangs in the winner-take-all fifth game by scores of 25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 15-9.
The win served up a bit of revenge for the 49ers, who lost in five games to Los Medanos in their matchup in Linda.
Heather Harness finished with 16 kills and eight digs, Arrianna Salcido had 11 kills and three blocks, and Alejandra Martinez had six kills and four blocks. Also playing well were Connar Lopez with 11 digs and Abby Stamper, who had three kills and set up the offense with 35 assists.
Yuba (11-8, 10-4) has won five straight has two more conference matches remaining, starting with Alameda at home on Wednesday.