The Columbia College Claim Jumpers are getting pumped for their biggest game of the 2019-2020 season so far when they take on Santa Rosa at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Oak Pavilion, in a third-round CCCAA state championships elimination game, a matchup of two of the top 10 ranked community college teams in the state, with the winner advancing to the state finals.
Columbia, 26-3, is ranked sixth in the state and Santa Rosa, 22-7, is ranked 10th in the state in this season’s final poll of California community college men’s basketball coaches, released Feb. 24.
In the 2020 California Community College Athletic Association men’s basketball state championships, the Jumpers are seeded #3 in the Northern California regionals bracket, and Santa Rosa is seeded #6.
Claim Jumpers leaders this season include Landis Spivey, who is averaging 17.3 points per game, and Kaleb Carter, with 7.8 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game. They are coming off a 76-64 playoffs win over Alameda to reach the Sweet 16 of the state championships. Santa Rosa are the 2020 Big 8 Conference champions.
The winner between Columbia and Santa Rosa will go to the 2020 CCCAA state championship finals that will feature eight teams total, four from the Northern California regionals bracket, and four from the Southern California regionals bracket.
If the Jumpers get to the finals, they will begin a packed three-day schedule of elimination games slated Friday, March 13, Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, at West Hills College Lemoore in Kings County, about 150 miles south of Columbia College.
The top 10 ranked community college men’s basketball teams in California in this season’s final coaches poll are #1 San Francisco (28-0), #2 Santiago Canyon (26-2), #3 East Los Angeles (27-1), #4 Fresno City (25-3), #5 Los Angeles Valley (23-5), #6 Columbia (25-3), #7 Santa Monica (20-8), #8 Yuba (23-5), #9 Riverside (19-9), and #10 Santa Rosa (21-7).