San Jac basketball teams heading to regional tournament
02.24.2016 | By Rob Vanya
Tournament scheduled for March 1-5 in Lufkin
After wrapping up a successful 2015-2016 season, the San Jacinto College men and women’s basketball teams hope to go deep in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV tournament, set for March 1-5 at Angelina College in Lufkin.
The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 20-10, and 13-7 in conference play. They enter the regional tournament as the #4 seed, and will play #5 seed Angelina College on Wednesday, March 2 at 3 p.m. The team enters the tournament somewhat hampered by injuries, but first-year Head Coach Mike Madrid is focusing on the task at hand.
“Our conference schedule prepares us for the regional tournament,” he commented. “We have excellent teams within our region, and every conference game has been competitive. We have a rotation of 10 players, and all 10 contribute to a team effort, so I expect them to continue to play well and consistent.”
Key contributors on offense are sophomore guard Vanessa Jones (Dallas / Flower Mound High School) who averages 13.7 points per game, and sophomore guard Zauria Kilgo (Detroit / Chandler Park Academy) who averages 4.1 assists per game. Defensively, sophomore wing player Kristel Reid (Rosenberg / Terry High School) has been solid, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game.
The men’s team finished the season with an overall record of 21-9 (12-7 conference) record. They enter the regional tournament as the #4 seed, and will play on Thursday, March 3 at 3 p.m. against the winner of game 2 (#5Angelina vs. #12 Paris Junior College). Head Coach Scott R. Gernander anticipates intense competition at the regional tournament due to parity among teams. “The region is so balanced this year except for (undefeated) Trinity Valley Community College, which is ranked number 1 in the nation and has already secured the top seed for the tournament,” he commented.
Key offensive contributors on the men’s team are freshman guard Jorden Duffey (Upper Marlboro, Maryland / Bennett High School), who averages 14.5 points per game, and freshman guard Corey Davis (Lafayette, Louisiana / Lafayette High School), who averages 6.1 assists per game. Sophomore guard Ilker Er (Istanbul, Turkey / Arlington Country Day School) was solid on defense, averaging 7.9 rebounds per game.
The winner of the women’s regional tournament advances to the national tournament, set for March 14 through March 18 in Lubbock. The winner of the men’s regional tournament advances to the national tournament, set for March 14 through March 19 in Hutchinson, Kansas. The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team advanced to the national tournament last season as an at-large selection, the first trip to the national tournament since 2006.
For information about the San Jacinto College basketball programs, visit sanjacsports.com.
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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.