The Columbia College Claim Jumpers served up a thriller Saturday night, beating Cerro Coso 76-74.
With 27 seconds left in the game and the score tied, the Coyotes took a time out to set up their final shot.
As the clock ticked down to 10 seconds, the Jumpers forced a turnover and took possession.
The Jumpers had planned for Maurice Woods to take their final shot, said assistant coach Rick Francis.
“His jumper was off, but Yosnier Cobas went high in the air and got the rebound to put it in as the buzzer went off,” said Francis. “The crowd went wild.”
The win shored up the Jumpers’ second place standing in the Central Valley division and an 11-3 regular season record.
Columbia had three players in double figures. Al Burge had 21 points. Jordan Windley, Marquell Hubbard and Yosnier Cobas each had 12.
Columbia got the home court advantage this week when the California Community College Athletic Association released playoff brackets.
The Claim Jumpers, seeded No. 8, will host No. 9 Cabrillo College Friday at 7 p.m. at Oak Pavilion.
The CCCAA also announced their All Conference selections.
Columbia coach Rob Hoyt was named coach of the year. Marquell Hubbard was named MVP. And Yosnier Cobas made first team. Picking up honorable mentions were Jordan Windley and Maurice Woods. Yosnier Cobas and Al Burge were named to the All-Defensive team. Yosnier Cobas was name freshman player of the year and Maurice Woods made the All-Freshmen team.