Bear Cubs grind out win

Davone Oliver delivers the ball to the net against Sac City College Jan. 16 in Haehl Pavilion Santa Rosa.

Matt Rubel, Staff Writer

The Bear Cubs men’s basketball team spread out the scoring in a tight 76-72 win against Sacramento City College Jan. 16.

SRJC [10-8, 3-1] got out to a fast start with Corey Hammell’s inside scoring and Davone Oliver’s outside shooting taking an early 10-point lead.

Then Hammell picked up his second foul early in the first half, sending him to the bench.

“It made it hard for me to get into a flow and our offense got stagnant at times,” Hammell said. “Defensively I became more passive just trying not to foul out.”

SCC capitalized with a run to end the half taking the lead, 38-3l,  and ensuring it was going to be a close game.

In the second half it looked as though SRJC would put Sacramento away until Hammell picked up his third and then fourth foul at the 14-minute mark, making SRJC’s offense sputter and giving Sacramento an opportunity.

SCC briefly captured a 2-point lead, but SRJC answered on the following possession with Parker Farris’ 3-pointer.

After trading threes on the next couple possessions, the game was tied at 69 with just over a minute to go.

Some good ball movement ended up with the ball in forward Arnold Silva’s hands, putting in a layup to take a 71-69 lead.

SRJC’s free throws iced the game resulting in a 76-72 finish.

This was the Bear Cubs sixth win in eight games.

“We as a team are starting to figure out our roles,” Hammell said. “We’ve all had to adjust, plus we are finally healthy.”

The Bear Cubs take on American River College at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. in Sacramento.