With the Columbia College pep band echoing through Oak Pavilion the Claim Jumpers powered their way to another league win Friday night.
They outscored the College of Sequoias 71-67, moving their record to 7-1.
“The Claim Jumpers got a very important win on Saturday beating a very good Sequoias team,” said assistant coach Rick Francis.
The Jumpers were down 38-34 at the half, but came back in the second and held the Columbia was down 38-34 at half time but came roaring back in the 2nd half holding the Giants to just 29 points.
Despite being down as many as 13 points in the game, a 14-5 run as first half play expired gave the Jumpers momentum going into the locker room.
Francis said Saturday night’s crowd was one of the best of the year and helped push the Jumpers to the win.
While the first half was catch-up ball for Columbia, the second half would prove a tighter contest, with the score seesawing back and forth.
Helping give the Jumpers the eventual edge was a great performance from the freethrow line, said Francis.
In the final three minutes the team went 10 of 12 from the stripe.
“Maurice Woods was clutch as he went 5 of 6 in the last minute,” said Francis. “Trey Porter came off the bench when Yosnier Cobas got in foul trouble. He did a great job on the boards along with scoring six points.”
Marquell Hubbard had another strong night with 23 points and three three-pointers. Maurice Woods had 15 points, Yosnier Cobas had 14, Al Burge had 10.
Columbia will be at home Wednesday against Reedley College (3-5). The game begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for downstairs seating; $5 for general admission and $2 for students. For information, call (209) 588-5180.