The Columbia College Claim Jumpers men’s basketball team defeated West Hills Coalinga College 99-58 Saturday night in Fresno County, ensuring 25 regular season wins for the Jumpers for the first time in seven years, and putting the final nail in West Hills Coalinga’s winless season as the hosts finished 0-14 and 0-28.

Leading scorers for Columbia were Keith Shakes with 7 three-pointers and 27 total, Kaden Sparks-Davis with 4 threes and 19 points, Jahbar Beard with 14 points, and Landis Spivey and Kaleb Carter with 12 points each. 

Columbia finishes the regular season at 25-3 overall and 11-3 in the Central Valley Conference, and they’ll host a home game in the playoffs this coming weekend. The Jumpers are 6-1 so far in February, with six straight wins since their Feb. 1 loss at home to the powerhouse perennial conference champions Fresno City, who have now won their 19th consecutive conference championship, setting state and national records.

Columbia was ranked 15th in the state in a poll of California community college men’s basketball coaches released last Monday, Feb. 17, before the Jumpers beat West Hills Coalinga on Saturday and Merced College last Wednesday.

Playoffs matchups, including who Columbia will play at home in the first round, are expected to be announced Monday afternoon.

The 25 wins for the Jumpers are the most in a season in seven years, since coach Rob Hoyt took charge of the Columbia basketball program.

 

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

 

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