The Columbia College Claim Jumpers defeated College of the Sequoias 87-72 Saturday in the Oak Pavilion, moving into a second-place tie with Sequoias in the Central Valley Conference with two games to play and playoffs seeds looming.
The Claim Jumpers improved to 9-3 in the Central Valley Conference and 23-3 overall. Columbia’s win over Sequoias ensured Fresno City, 12-0 and 23-3, has clinched a national-record 19th consecutive conference championship. Sequoias fell to 9-3 and 20-06.
On Saturday, the Jumpers led 46-42 at halftime and Landis Spivey opened the second with 3 consecutive three-point shots, followed by a baseline dunk that brought the full-house crowd to its feet, Columbia coaching staff said.
Columbia then put the clamps on the Sequoias offense and held the visitors to 30 points in the second half. Leading scorers for the Jumpers were Landis Spivey with 6 threes and 27 points total, Grayson Carper with 24, and DeShawn Bartley with 21 points.
The Jumpers honored their five sophomores -- Seth Coddington, Kaden Sparks-Davis, Landis Spivey, Keith Shakes, Kaleb Carter -- before the start of the game.
The Jumpers are now in position to earn the opportunity to host a first-round playoff game, Columbia coaching staff said. The Jumpers have two league games remaining against weaker Central Valley Conference teams, at Merced College, 3-9 and 9-15, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and at West Hills Coalinga College, 0-12 and 0-26, at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Columbia was ranked 13th in the state in a poll of California community college men’s basketball coaches released Feb. 10. College of the Sequoias were ranked 9th and the Fresno City Rams were ranked 4th. Another poll expected later Monday afternoon will factor in the past week’s results, including Columbia’s win over Sequoias on Saturday.
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