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Team PhotoMen'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

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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


Coach Craig McMillan

Head Coach
Craig McMillan
cmcmillan@santarosa.edu
(707) 527-4374

Fourteenth year at SRJC Coach McMillan came to SRJC after coaching overseas. He was the head coach of professional teams in Kuwait and Lebanon for a total of four seasons. Prior to his experience abroad, he spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, Marquette University and the University of Arizona. McMillan was a starting guard for the Arizona Wildcats Final Four team in 1988 and he helped lead Cloverdale High School to back-to-back state titles while playing for his father at Cloverdale High School. “I am really happy with the high caliber of players we have been able to attract and the success they have brought to the program.” Nearly every player that has played two seasons for Coach McMillan has earned their degree. During Coach McMillan’s tenure at SRJC his teams have won two Bay Valley Conference Championships, two Big 8 Championship (last two seasons), and have made the playoffs nearly every year. His overall record is 276-137.

Assistant Coaches

Maurice Thompson

Maurice Thompson, Assistant Coach

Thirteenth year at SRJC Coach Thompson was a star player at Rancho Cotate High School and went on to play for SRJC and Chapman College. “Maurice has a great feel for the game,” said McMillan. “He does an outstanding job developing our perimeter players and is an excellent teacher. He relates extremely well to the players.” Maurice has also been involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and game preparation.

Coach Troy Stevenson

Troy Stevenson, Assistant Coach

Eighth year at SRJC Troy Stevenson is in his eighth year on the staff. He has been heavily involved with recruiting, scouting and practice and game preparation. Addition-ally, Troy works with the guards in skill development drills and shooting. Troy is a former Bear Cub guard and received his Master’s Degrees from Howard University and the University of San Francisco. Troy teaches classes at SRJC in the Communication Studies Department and in Counseling. “Troy has a great work ethic and is extremely enthusiastic,” said McMillan. Troy’s role has increased each year and he is the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Coach Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook, Assistant Coach

Third year at SRJC Ryan Cook is entering his third season on the SRJC coaching staff and has been instrumental in the Bear Cubs’ recent success. Coach Cook works in all aspects of the program and some of his duties include: scouting, recruiting, and post player development along with directing youth camps and leagues on campus. Ryan coached at Analy High School prior to coming To Santa Rosa Junior College.

Coach George Alston

George Alston, Assistant Coach

First year at SRJC George Alston, a graduate from Sonoma State University where he was a starting power forward, is in his first year on the SRJC coaching staff. George has previously coached at Sonoma State University and Ursuline High School. George will be working in all aspects of the program including player development, scouting, and recruiting.

2013 Bear Cub Boys Basketball Summer Camps The SRJC Men's Basktball program will be running two youth basketball camps this summer the weeks of June 24-27 and July 15-18. The camp is for boys ages 6-14 and costs $200 for one session or $350 for both sessions. Space is limited so sign up early. Click here to download the SRJC Boys Basketball Camp Registration Form.

 


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