The Columbia College Claim Jumpers defeated West Hills Lemoore by more than 50 points, 112-61, on Wednesday night in the Oak Pavilion.
The Jumpers made 18 three-point shots, a performance their coaching staff described as record-breaking. Columbia ran their fast break throughout the game and their shooters scored from all over the court. They made 10 threes in the first half to take a 53-29 lead at the break.
Leading scorers for the Jumpers were Grayson Carper with 5 three-pointers and 29 points, Keith Shakes with 6 three-pointers and 20 points, Deshawn Bartley with 16 points, and Landis Spivey with 15 points.
The Claim Jumpers improved to 8-3 in the Central Valley Conference and 22-3 overall. That’s the most games Columbia has won in a season since Coach Rob Hoyt took charge of the program seven years ago.
The Jumpers have three games left to try to move up on conference leaders Fresno City, 11-0, and second-place College of the Sequoias, 9-2, and potentially improve their seeding for the playoffs.
Gaining ground in the Central Valley Conference won’t be easy but the Jumpers can do exactly that when they play College of Sequoias in the Oak Pavilion at 6 p.m. Saturday. If Columbia can beat Sequoias, the Jumpers will move into a tie with them for second place with two games left before the postseason starts.
Fresno City is close to clinching a national-record 19th consecutive conference championship.
Columbia is ranked 13th in the state in a poll of California community college men’s basketball coaches released Monday. College of the Sequoias are ranked 9th and the Fresno City Rams are ranked 4th.
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