To the Victors..

by staff Apr 19, 2018

Gilroy, CA – The 2017-2018 basketball season was a banner year for the Gavilan College Men’s Basketball team program. Behind first year head coach Dallas Jensen, the program went from wining just eight games the previous two seasons, to finishing with 24 wins this season. Along the way came the programs first conference championship in 49 years, an appearance in the C.C.C.A.A. NorCal Regional Tournament and a first round home win in that tournament. Now that the season is over, Coach Jensen as well as a few of his players have begun to receive the accolades that come along with the type of season the Rams just had.

It starts where it all started, with Coach Jensen. He was named Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year as voted by the coaches of the Coast Conference. Coach Jensen joins fellow Rams Coaches Neil Andrade (baseball), Nikki Dequin (softball) and Kevin Kramer (volleyball) as winners of this award. However, it doesn't stop there for Coach Jensen as he was just named Co-Coach of the Year in Northern California by the website Signal The Light Basketball.  According their site, they are a website who “provide daily scores, weekly rankings, weekly standouts throughout the state, and daily news regarding California Junior College basketball. It is our goal to bring you consistent coverage when it comes to Juco basketball in California as we continue to be the number one website that gives complete coverage throughout the state.”

Following in their leader’s footsteps, four Rams have also received honors by the Coaches of the Coast Conference. Brian King Jr. and Ibn Zaid were named 1st Team All Coast Conference. King Jr. a sophomore liberal arts major from Fresno led the team in scoring averaging 17.4 points a game. He also shot 39.5% from the field, 37.6% from behind the 3-point line while bringing in 5.9 rebounds a game. Zaid a freshman kinesiology major from Los Angeles averaged 16.2 points a game shooting 47.8% from the field while shooting 39.2% on 3’s. 

Stephen Williams is a sophomore computer systems major from Houston was name 2nd Team All Coast Conference. Williams averaged 6.2 points a game, bringing in 4.8 rebounds a game while leading the team in assists with 5.2 a game. Xander Bowers, a freshman economics major from Gilroy was an Coast Conference Honorable Mention member. The 6’7 freshman averaged 9.6 points a game, shooting 54.1% from the field. He averaged 9.8 rebounds, ending up 4th in the state in total rebounds with 284. Bowers was a stand out on the defensive end with 2.4 blocks a game, a total of 70 for the season which was good for 3rd most blocks in the state.

The good news doesn't just stop there as Williams has signed his letter of intent to continue his education and playing career at the University of Main Fort Kent.  Not to be out done is sophomore Kenneth Modica Jr. has verbally committed to Simpson University in Redding, California. Modica average 5.5 points, 6.0 rebounds a game. They are the first of many who are expected to announce their commitments in the up coming weeks.