San Jac men’s basketball team kicks off 2016-2017 season Nov. 1

10.10.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jac men’s basketball team's 2016-2017 season opener is just weeks away, kicking off a tough schedule, according to Head Coach Scott Gernander.

“We have made some big runs in the last few years, and I expect us to show up every night with passion and compete,” said Gernander. “The only thing I can anticipate is a tough conference schedule from top to bottom. We have, arguably, the toughest region in the nation.”

The team begins the season at home in Pasadena, Texas playing against Lone Star College-Cy Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 1. This will be one of 14 home games. Victoria College (Nov. 11), Temple College (Nov. 15), Lone Star College-Kingwood (Nov. 22), Navarro College (Nov. 30), and Paris Junior College (Dec. 7) are among the home game teams they’ll play before the new year.

The 2016-2017 season’s Region XIV Tournament is scheduled for March 7-11 in Jacksonville, Texas. The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Tournament will be held March 20-15 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The San Jac men’s basketball team finished the 2015-2016 season with a 22-10 overall record, 12-7 in Region XIV play, advancing to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament in Lufkin, Texas. Gernander said returning all-conference players Corey Davis and Jorden Duffy are being looked at as leaders this season to guide the team.

“I definitely expect a lot out of both of them from a leadership standpoint,” said Gernander. “We only have a few returners but we do have some experience via college transfer along with a few talented freshmen. We are looking forward to finally getting the opportunity to compete against someone besides ourselves and taking the next step toward improving individually and as a team.”

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 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.

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