Columbia College snatched the No. 2 spot in the Central Valley Conference with a 76-71 win over West Hills.
Despite trailing 38-32 at the half, the Jumpers came roaring back in the second to outscore the Falcons 44-33 in the second.
“West Hills put a great deal of pressure on leading scoring Marquell Hubbard,” said assistant coach Rick Francis.
But the team was able to adjust, putting Hubbard at the high post to set screen for Maurice Woods, said Francis.
“It worked, freeing many open shots,” he said.
Woods had a productive scoring night with 23 points, including five three-pointers.
And Yosnier Cobas had another outstanding game on the boards, said Francis. He scored 12 points.
Also in double digits for the Jumpers were Al Burge with 14 and Jordan Windley with 13.
Chris Childs was clutch from the freethrow line, hitting two with less than 10 seconds to go in the game.
Columbia will host Cerro Coso at Oak Pavilion Saturday. It’s their final conference game. A win would potentially give Columbia home court advantage once playoffs begin.
Columbia will honor sophomores Jordan Windley, Marquell Hubbard and Al Burge who will be playing in their last conference game.
Saturday’s game begins at 6 p.m.
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