Jumpers begin playoffs vs. American River


The Columbia College basketball team's "Slap in the Face Tour," otherwise known as the Northern California basketball playoffs, get underway tonight at American River College where the No. 19-seed Claim Jumpers will face the No. 14-seed Beavers.

Despite finishing with a better overall record (19-12 to 16-15) and a better conference record (9-5 to 6-4), the Claim Jumpers somehow ended up with the lower seed than the Beavers, which is why Columbia is in Sacramento tonight instead of Oak Pavilion.

"Well, we're going to have to wins games no matter where we are," Columbia coach Andy Vasher said. "I figured that's who we'd play. I just figured it would be here instead of there."

If the Jumpers can turn the seeding slight into motivation, they'll have a much better chance of stopping all-Bay Valley East guard Damian Carter, who averaged 17.1 points per game for the Beavers on 51-perfect shooting.

Carter is joined in the backcourt by Adam Gilbert, who averaged 7.0 ppg while shooting 35 percent from the 3-point line.

Up front, American River features the brothers Henning, Joel and Sam, who averaged 10.9 and 10.3 ppg, respectively.

In addition to his double-digit scoring, Sam also led the BVE in rebounds (12.8 per game) while shooting 75 percent from the free throw line, recording 2.2 steals per game and even dishing out 3.2 assists per game.

Forward Marlow Rockwell (11.5 ppg) rounds out the starting five.

While four double-digit scorers and a 73.0 per game scoring average shows the Beavers are capable of lighting up a scoreboard, Columbia actually has the statistical edge.

While Derek Olich (15.9 ppg) and Kevin Massey (11.4 ppg) are the Jumpers' only double-digit scorers, three others averaged at least 9.2 ppg for Columbia, which scores at a clip of 80.8 ppg.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday October 27, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Sonora whips Oakdale for title


Sonora head coach Matt Personius began his coaching day wearing a green ... more

Powerful Bullfrog defense too much for Bears to handle


The Bret Harte Bullfrogs felt disrespected the last time they faced the ... more

TCA swimmers set records in home pool


With a summer of conditioning, training and sprinting, 14 Tuolumne County Aquatic ... more

’Cats’ Reign goes on


Without knowing what was at stake, all outward appearances suggested that Thursday ... more

Wildcats lose 12-11 nailbiter to rival Mustangs


There was a little extra motivation for the Sonora Wildcats Tuesday afternoon. ... more