The Columbia College Claim Jumpers lost 69-65 in the final seconds Saturday night at home to Santa Rosa Jr. College, denying themselves a spot in the state championship finals.
It was their biggest game of the season and it ended as their final statement of the season. The Jumpers finish 2019-2020 with 26 wins and 4 losses overall, tied for second at 11-3 in the Central Valley Conference.
Columbia coaching staff described their contest against Santa Rosa as an exciting game to watch and a heartbreaking loss.
The Jumpers fell behind 17-0 in the first five minutes and fought back to within one point to make it Santa Rosa 34-33 Columbia at halftime. Santa Rosa then started the second half with a 12-point run while Columbia shooters turned ice-cold again.
Columbia supporters and the Jumpers refused to give up hope and the Jumpers cut slowly but surely into Santa Rosa’s lead, closing the gap to 2 points with under 14 seconds left in the game. Columbia had the ball and got off a 3-point shot that rimmed out. On the rebound Santa Rosa got fouled. The visitors missed both free throws and the home team got another chance.
The Jumpers got an open shot from the baseline, and the ball hit the back of the rim and came out. Columbia fouled and with one second left, Santa Rosa made one of two free throws.
Leading scorers for Columbia were Seth Coddington with 28 points and Landis Spivey with 12. Columbia head coach Rob Hoyt told his players after the game he’s proud of them and he loves each and every one of them. Hoyt thanked the players for their hard work, dedication and grit for Jumpers basketball.
Santa Rosa, the #6 seed in the Northern California bracket, moves on to the state championship finals with #1 seed College of San Francisco, #2 seed Fresno City, and #5 seed College of Sequoias. Columbia was seeded #3.
The 2020 California Community College Athletic Association state championship finals will feature eight teams total, four from the Northern California regionals bracket, and four from the Southern California regionals bracket: #1 seed Santiago Canyon, #2 seed East Los Angeles, #3 seed Los Angeles Valley, and #5 seed Riverside City.
Those eight teams are slated to play a packed three-day schedule of elimination games to crown the 2020 CCCAA state champion this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 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).
Columbia coaching staff on Sunday announced Jumpers who earned all-league awards from Central Valley Conference coaches and administrators that voted.
First-team all-Central Valley Conference selections from the Jumpers are Seth Coddington, Grayson Carper and Landis Spivey. DeShawn Bartley and Kaleb Carter earned honorable mentions. Kaleb Carter was recognized as defensive player of the year. Keith Shakes was named to the all-conference defensive team. Carper and Bartley were named all-conference freshmen.
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