Men's Baskeball STATE CHAMPIONS! After winnning the Big 8 Conference title, going undefeated in the regional playoffs, including an on the road upset over Fresno City in the fourth round, SRJC Men's Basketball advanced to the CCCAA Final Four for the first time as the north's No. 1 seed. The Cubs opened the State Tournament defeating the south's No. 2 seeded Chaffey 49-47, which put them in the CCCAA title game with a chance to win SRJC's first ever Men's Basketball State Championship. In the championship game, SRJC faced the south's No. 1 seed San Bernadino Valley. Although the Cubs had a slow start and went into halftime down 29-32, they got hot and proved they were the best shooting team in the state eventually overtaking San Bernadino winning the game 73-67. The 2014 SRJC team now brings home the first State Championship in Men's Basketball in school history. Congratulations to Coach McMillan, his staff, and the entire team. Go BEAR CUBS! Box Score 3/16/14
Drewry's near-impossible layin lifts Santa Rosa to its first state championship
NORWALK – Kai Drewry made a nearly impossible layup with 25 seconds remaining to lift the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Bear Cubs to a stunning 73-67 win over the San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Wolverines in the championship game of the 2014 CCCAA Men's Basketball State Championship at Cerritos College. Santa Rosa JC (24-8), the No. 1 seed from Northern California, atoned for an earlier 64-48 loss to SBVC in the opening round of the Riverside Holiday Tournament (Dec. 11, 2013). It was the Bear Cubs' first appearance in the state final. What started as a pedestrian game with both teams playing tentatively, progressed to a very entertaining finish as the Bear Cubs went on a modest 10-1 run midway through the second half and assume control – for the most part – down the stretch. SRJC trailed, 46-44, with 12:43 left. Nearly four minutes later, the Bear Cubs led, 54-47, with 8:53 remaining. But in the game's waning moments, SBVC's sensational sophomore guard Gerry Blakes (Inglewood / Morningside HS) – who has committed to Arizona State next fall – recorded a steal and a layin with 1:08 left and then tied the game at 67-67 with a layin with 52 seconds remaining. Then Drewry put up a shot that bounded off the iron and ricocheted off of someone's head and back into the hoop with 25 seconds to play to give SRJC a 69-67 lead. After a missed jumper by Blakes, the Bear Cubs converted two pair of free throws (at :11 and :02) to clinch the victory. In the second half, SRJC converted six of 11 three-pointers, while SBVC was zero for four. San Bernardino Valley (29-8), the No. 1 seed from Southern California, was making its second state championship final appearance. In 2005, the Wolverines lost, 83-68, to state champion Fresno City College. With the win, a Northern California team has claimed the state championship in three of the last four years (2012: Fresno Cty; 2011: City College of San Francisco). At halftime, SBVC led, 32-29, as Blakes had 11 of his game-high 23 points. Teammate Keith Smith (Compton, / Centennial HS) finished with 21 points for the Wolverines. SRJC sophomore guard Alex Kobre (Santa Rosa / Montgomery HS), who was accorded tournament MVP honors, led the Bear Cubs with 17 points, Drewry was next with 16 and freshman guard Davone Oliver (Oakland / Castlemont HS) was next with 14. By John Czimbal, Sports Information Association, CCCAA, 3/16/14
2014 CCCAA Men's Basketball Championships all-tournament Team:
Santa Rosa: Alex Kobre (MVP), Matthew Hayes
San Bernardino Valley: Keith Smith, Gerry Blakes
Chaffey: Adom Jacko; Chabot: Cortez Barrett
Bear Cubs who went Pro
Players who have Transferred
Former players currently playing at four year
Youth Basketball League Fall 2013
The Santa Rosa Junior College Men's Basketball Santa Rosa Junior College is coming off of one of the best runs in the program’s history. The Bear Cubs are the only team in the state to have advanced to the Elite 8 in each of the past three seasons, and the Bear Cubs are coming off back-to-back Big 8 Championships. In addition to their success on the court, several players have moved on to four-year programs. Despite losing the top 5 scorers from last season, the cupboard isn’t bare, and this year’s team is expecting to compete for another Big 8 title. Several players return from last season and all of the veterans will be called upon to carry a bigger load. Shooting guard Alec Kobre came on strong at the end of last season and has picked up where he left off. Alec has led the team in scoring over the first 6 games with a 15.7 ppg average. Centers Luke Cocheran, and Darin Grayer split time last year and have been doing the same this season but both have improved and are scoring and rebounding more proficiently than last season. After a solid freshman season, Brian Johnson appears to have made big strides and is expected to have a larger role as a sophomore. Third year guard Quentin Mendoza has worked hard during the off-season and has put himself in a position to have a significant role on the team as well. Along with the returners, several newcomers will be expected to contribute this season. Freshman guards Matt Hayes, and Davone Oliver have played well in early games. Former Cardinal Newman Forward Corey Hammell, who was the Redwood Empire player a year last season, and transfer Kai Drewry are also expected to have large roles. As always, The Bear Cubs are playing an extremely challenging preseason schedule in order to prepare the team to defend their conference title.
"The statistic that most satisfies our entire coaching staff is that over
90 percent of our sophomores have graduated."
— Craig McMillan