Bear Cubs hitting momentum:Big shots key to win

Matt Rubel, Staff Writer

The Bear Cubs men’s basketball team  beat Diablo Valley College by hitting a flurry of 3-point shots, making them 11-9, 4-2 after beating a taller team at home Jan. 23.

“I’ve had to play against taller and bigger guys really this whole year,” said forward Corey Hammel. “It’s been an adjustment for me but my team helps me out by either digging or trapping.”

Rain coats were necessary as the Bear Cubs splashed deep threes early and often. Davone Oliver hit four deep shots in the first 10 minutes and five total for the first half.

Turnovers briefly hindered the team’s success, allowing DVC to take a small lead. As the half came to a close, Parker Farris buried threes from behind the arc including one that banked in and another as time expired for the half. The Bear Cubs lead halftime 32-27, hitting nine 3-pointers, contributing to 27 of their 32 points.

Second-half play saw a better defense effort and great transition for the Bear Cubs’ offense. The team took three big charges and had easy baskets under the rim. Hammell had two strong put-backs on missed shots.

Oliver also followed up his big first half scoring with another monster second half, converting three more 3-pointers, including a four-point play. He ended the game with 8 long balls and 28 points.

DVC was still in striking distance until they had to start fouling at the end of the game, where Hammell iced the game, converting on one-and-one’s and put the game out of reach for a 68-56 victory.

The Bear Cubs’ next home game is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Haehl Pavilion in Santa Rosa against Cosumnes River College.