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by Staff Feb 20, 2019

Gavilan College – With the win over West Valley College, the Gavilan College Men’s basketball team, for the second straight year has won the Coast Conference South Division Championship.

THE BASICS

Final score: 82-76

Location: Gilroy, CA ( Bud & Jean Ottmar Memorial Gymnasium)

Records: Gavilan 26-2 (11-0)  West Valley  13-14 (7-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Before the game, Gavilan College honored the team seven sophomores who were playing in their final regular season home game. If the emotions of that wasn't enough of a distraction, the Rams were without two of their top three scorers as DJ Burgess and his 12.5 points a game average and Xander Bowers and his 11.3 points with 6.9 rebounds would sit out with multiple injuries. The Rams hit on 7 first half three-pointers, led by Ibn Zaid, as they would go into half with a 44-37 lead. Wet Valley came out strong in the second half going on an early run to take back the lead 57-55 with 13:11 left in the game. From that point on the two teams took turns with the lead. In fact the lead changed hands over 9 times down the stretch. Then with under two minutes left in the game Chris Pugh hit a three point shot to give the Rams a 78-76 lead. From here the Rams clamped down on defense, not allowing another West Valley bucket. Gavilan was put on the line after several Viking's missed shots, which allowed the Rams to get some breathing room until the clock ran out.

TOP RAMS

  • Ibn Zaid had 17 points to lead the Rams along with 7 rebounds
  • In his usual all around performance, Daylon Potts recorded a double double as he scored 16 points to go with 14 rebounds and 7 assists
  • Off the bench, Chris Pugh put in a solid 15 minutes of action scoring 10 points and grabbing 4 rebounds

UP NEXT

After winning the conference championship, the Rams will play out their final regular season match against San Jose City College on Friday night. While within the conference the game has no meaning, Gavilan will need to keep winning to ensure themselves of a top seed heading into the NorCal Regional Basketball Championships which start next week. Go Rams!