Ups and Downs

by Staff Jan 20, 2020

Gavilan College – It was an up and down time for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams this past week, as they both had success at home, while struggling on the road. The week started on Wednesday with a sweep of rival Cabrillo College, only to be on the receiving end of a sweep up in Cupertino on Friday as they took on De Anza College.

Starting off the home double header was the men’s game, and the Rams came out firing in the first half finishing with a 15 point lead.  A strong second half by Cabrillo closed the gap, but in the end, it was the Rams execution that gave them the 84-76 win. Cabrillo was forced into 12 more turnovers and hit just below 50% from the free throw line, while Gavilan hit on 10 of their 11 attempts, and finished with just 3 more 3-point shots which help propelled the Rams to the win. Gavilan was led by Kobe Ordonio who had 27 points and 7 assists, while Tahjae Ordonio had 21 points of his own. There were two other Rams in double figure scoring, Daemar Potts who had 13 and DeShawn Butler who finished with 11.

The women’s team took the floor on Wednesday looking to go 3-0 for maybe the first time in program history, definitely since the reintroduction of the modern program. After playing a solid first half, only to have the third quarter scoreboard show a tighter game, the Rams outscored the Seahawks 21-10 in the fourth to come away with a 70-53 win. Just two games after scoring a career high, sophomore Lizette Moreno had another monster game as she scored 28 points on 12 of 20 shots hitting on one of her 3 3-point attempts. While she was the only Ram in double digit scoring, Coach Melissa Llanes had another balanced scoring night from the rest of her team. Kaia Adams had 9 points, 8 rebounds while Sophia Ayala also had 9 points of her own of the bench. A reoccurring theme has occurred from the bench as they have been relied upon to score points in the wins the Rams have had in the last few weeks. Wednesday night was more of the same as they combined for 22 points in the win.

On the road Friday, it was the women’s team’s starting off the double header in battle of 3-0 teams, as they took on De Anza College. The two teams met earlier in the season, with the Don’s coming out on top that night and on this night the outcome was the similar as the Rams were unable to over come a slow first quarter to go along with a bad shooting night of only 28% as the lost by a score of 59 to 48. In fact, the first quarter had such an impact in the outcome of the game, that if you throw out the first quarter, both teams played to a tie, scoring 39 points a piece. However, Gavilan was not able to overcome the 11 point deficit. Madison Sharble had 11 points and 6 rebounds to lead the team. Lizzette Moreno had 8 points, while Mireya Hernandez and Makenzie Barnes both finished with 7.

The men came away with a 73-67 loss to the Don’s in the nightcap of the double header. The had a 5-point lead at the half, with the scoreboard showing the Rams up 34-29. But in the second half De Anza outscored Gavilan by 11 sealing the win. As of this writing the stats for Gavilan are not available.

This week, has the two teams taking their bye on Wednesday before traveling up North to take on San Jose City College. The women’s team is currently 7-11 and 3-1 in conference play, sitting tied for second place tied with the Jaguars of San Jose City. The men are currently at 7-13 and 2-2 in conference play.