All Good Things..

by Staff Mar 4, 2018
Final 1 2 Total
Gavilan (24-5, 9-3) 33 45 78
Fresno City (27-4, 13-1) 52 41 97

Fresno, Ca – For all but one of the 39 teams that have earned the right to play in the 2018 CCCAA Men’s Basketball Playoffs, their season will end with a loss. This past Saturday night in Fresno, it was the 7th seed Gavilan College that had their historic, championship season come to an end with a 97-78 loss to Fresno City College.

Playing against a team known for trapping their opponents to force turnovers which leads to their prolific offense attack that is ranked 2nd in the state in points per game and 1st in the state in field goals made per game, the Gavilan Rams had a simple game plan. Break the press and drive the ball inside to prevent any leak outs on any missed shots. A game that was chippy throughout, with calls that left both teams scratching their heads at times saw Gavilan go down 9-3 just four minutes into the game. With Fresno executing their game plan successfully and Gavilan still trying to adjust to how the game was being called, the deficit grew to 13-5 in a minute later and then 19-7 three minutes after that.  From that point forward it was too much to overcome. The Rams went into halftime tailing 52-33.

In the second half, the Gavilan offense was able to get good looks inside and create turnovers which led to their offense being able to score. In fact, Gavilan outscored Fresno 45-41 in the 2nd half, but was unable to overcome all that had happened in the first half.

Offensively, the Rams were led by Brian King Jr. the game’s high scorer with 23 points and Kenneth Modica Jr, who had 16 points of his own.  Modica Jr. actually ended up with a double double on the night, as he pulled in 11 rebounds along with Xander Bowers who finished with 7 rebounds.

The Rams finish the year with a record of 24-5 and 9-3 in conference. They won the school’s first Coast Conference title in 49 years, won a playoff game for the first time in 34 years and had the school’s first 20-win season since 1983. All this under the direction of first year head coach Dallas Jensen. One wonders what he has in store for next season.

Game Leaders
Points: King Jr.-23
Rebounds: Modica Jr.-11
Assists: Abrha-5

Blocks: X.Bowers-2

Steals:3 with  -3
Team Stats

Field Goals- FG%: 29-55   53%

3 Point  -3 pt.%: 1-10   10%
Free Throws- FT%: 19-35    54%
Rebounds: 36
Assists: 20
Turnovers: 23