Men’s basketball cruises into Region XIV semifinals
03.09.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas — The top-seeded San Jacinto College men’s basketball team easily secured a spot in the 2017 Region XIV tournament semifinals with a 93-74 win over ninth-seed Blinn on Thursday.
Four San Jacinto College players scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Corey Davis (Lafayette, Louisiana / Lafayette HS) with 21. Sophommore guard Jorden Duffy (Upper Marlboro, Maryland / James M. Bennett HS) had 19, freshman guard Kabir Mohammed (Lagos, Nigeria / National Christian Academy) had 15 and sophomore guard Elton Dyer (Houston / South Houston HS / University of Houston) scored 10 points in the win. Mohammed also grabbed 11 rebounds for the game’s only player with a double-double.
San Jac was 10-for-16 from beyond the arc in the first half, and finished the game 13-for-24 from long range. Davis was 4-for-4 and Mohammed went 5-for-6, combing for big points from beyond the three point line.
“I was proud of our effort today, especially in the first half,” said Scott Gernander, who is now in his fourth season as the San Jac head coach. “We got to play our entire team and didn’t have to play any individual big minutes, so we will be ready for the challenge tomorrow with whoever we face.”
San Jacinto College is currently ranked fourth in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) division I men’s basketball rankings.
The win advances San Jac (30-1) to the semifinals to face either fourth-seed Lee College or fifth-seed Tyler Junior College on Friday at 6 p.m. The men’s championship game will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
The 2017 Region XIV basketball tournament is being held at the John Alexander Gymnasium in Jacksonville, Texas. The tournament winner earns an automatic bid to the NJCAA national tournament, scheduled to take place March 20-25 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.