Game #29: Game Summary - Friday, March 1, 2019
Final Score: SCC 78 Long Beach City 70
SCC advanced to the CCCAA Men's Basketball State Playoffs after finishing the regular season with a record of 20-8. The Hawks finished second in the Orange Empire Conference with a record of 9-3. They were seeded #11 in the state playoffs and eaned a first round bye, which advanced them to the regional semi-finals for a game at #6 seeded Long Beach City College. The Hawks came out strong in the game and took a 42-32 lead into halftime. Paulo Araujo scored 12 points in the half and Tyler Goodlow added 11 points. The Hawks did a great job on the boards and out-rebounded LBCC 15 - 10 on the glass in the half. Long Beach City answered back in the second half and surged to a lead late in the game. The Hawks battled to the end and tried valiantly to regain the lead, but couldn't overcome the Vikings. The lead changed 8 times, but unfortunately, the Hawks ended the game with a loss. Goodlow led SCC in scoring with 21 points. Araujo added 20, and Ajdin Toskic chipped in with 9 points. Lucas Holden led the Hawks with 6 assists, while Troy Recktenwald led the team in rebounding with 6 boards. SCC finishes their season with an overall record of 20-9. This gives Santiago Canyon College two straight 20-win seasons in their first two seasons of Men's Basketball.
Game #28: Game Summary - Friday, February 22, 2019
Final Score: SCC 82 Orange Coast 69
The Hawks were looking to wrap up their regular season with a victory and a 20-win season in their game tonight at Orange Coast College. SCC, ranked 13th in the state, played sloppy at times, but finished strong and defeated the Pirates by a score of 82 to 69. They built a 20-point lead in the second half and cruised to the victory. OCC battled well in the first half and managed to get SCC out of their comfort zone. The Hawks only led by six points at half, 42-36. Paulo Araujo led SCC in scoring at the half with 12 points, while Ajdin Toskic chipped in with 8 points including two 3-point baskets. The second half was controlled by the Hawks with several players contributing to the win. Araujo led all scorers with 23 points. Tyler Goodlow added 14, while Toskic scored 11 points, and Jordan Holden finished with 10 points. Troy Recktenwald and Lucas Holden each had 7 assists, while Adrian Dick, Araujo, and Toskic all had 6 rebounds to pace the Hawks. SCC finishes the regular season with a record of 20 wins and 8 losses. In their second year of men's basketball, the Hawks have now posted back to back 20-win seasons and will be advancing to the playoffs. The California State Playoffs start next week. The Hawks are looking at a first round bye and will most likely be playing next Friday, March 1st in the Southern California Regional Semi-Finals. More information will follow after the brackets are announced on Sunday.
Game #27: Game Summary - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Final Score: SCC 76 Cypress 70
Santiago Canyon had another road test tonight as they faced the Chargers from Cypress College. Playing on the road has been good for the Hawks this season as they are 7-2 in away games. Tonight was no difference, as they defeated Cypress by the score of 76-70. SCC started slow in the first half, mostly due to poor shooting. They fell behind 24-31 at the half, while only making 9 of 32 shots. The second half was a different story as the Hawks poured in 52 points on 18 for 28 shooting to win going away. Paulo Araujo led the team in scoring with 20 points. Tyler Goodlow added 17 points and Jordan Holden came off the bench to score 13 points. Lucas Holden led the team in rebounding with 7 boards, while Goodlow led the team with 7 assists. Adrian Dick added 3 blocked shots to anchor the defense. The Hawks are now 19-8 on the season and 8-3 in the Orange Empire Conference. Their next game will be their last regular season game of the season as they play at Orange Coast College on Friday. Game time is 5pm. The California Junior College State Playoffs will be the following week, with the playoff matchups and details being released this Sunday.
Game #26: Game Summary - Thursday, February 14, 2019
Final Score: SCC 98 Santa Ana 80
Santiago Canyon hosted Santa Ana on Thursday night in a battle of sister schools as both are in the Rancho Santiago Community College District. The Hawks got the best of the Dons by the score of 98 - 80 in a game marking the last regular season home game for sophomores, Adrian Dick, Myles Garvin, Jordan Holden, Amason Nwoye, Troy Recktenwald, and Ajdin Toskic. SAC came out strong and made back to back three-point baskets to start the game, but SCC answered back and jumped to a 12-point lead by intermission. Ajdin Toskic scored 12 points and Paulo Araujo scored 10 in the first half to lead the Hawks to a 49-37 halftime lead over Santa Ana. Santa Ana battled back in the second half and cut the lead to one point at 61-60. However, the Hawks responded with a 26-5 run to put the game out of reach. The Hawks ended up winning the game by the score of 98-80 as both teams played an up-tempo style throughout the game. Tyler Goodlow finished the game with a team high 21 points to pace the Hawks. Toskic ended with 18 points, Araujo with 12 points, and Troy Recktenwald scored 11 points. Recktenwald and Toskic also shared the lead in rebounds with 10 each. Goodlow dished out 9 dimes as well. SCC is now 18-8 on the season and 7-3 in the Orange Empire Conference. Next week, the Hawks will travel to Cypress College on Wednesday and Orange Coast College on Friday to wrap up OEC play. Both games will tip at 5pm.
Game #25: Game Summary - Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Final Score: SCC 75 Saddleback 84
The Hawks played the Gauchos from Saddleback in a home game on Tuesday night. The game featured the 13th ranked team (SCC) and the 14th ranked team (Saddleback) in California according to the Massey Rating. In a physical game, the Hawks came up short and lost by the score of 84-75. Cold shooting and porous defense was the demise of the Hawks. SCC shot 25% from the field in the first half and scored 32 points, while Saddleback shot 50% from the floor and scored 43 points. SCC battled back in the second half and took a 2-point lead with 5 minutes to go in the game. Unfortunately, Saddleback scored on back to back possessions to regain the lead and the Hawks couldn't get it back to a one possession game. SCC ended the game shooting 33.8% from the field while Saddleback shot 56%. Despite the poor shooting, the Hawks were a few possessions away from securing the win. SCC was led in scoring by Tyler Goodlow with 19 points, Jordan Holden with 15 points, and Lucas Holden with 13 points. The Hawks are now 17-8 on the season and 6-3 in conference play. They will return to action on Thursday as they host Santa Ana at 5pm.
Game #24: Game Summary - Friday, February 8, 2019
Final Score: SCC 56 Riverside City 54
SCC secured their second road victory of the week with a 56-54 win at Riverside City College. The Hawks came into the game fresh off a victory at Copper Mountain on Wednesday night. This game featured two teams who like to shoot the three and play at a fast tempo. However, the game turned into a defensive battle as both teams contested shots, battled on the boards, and made each other struggle on the offensive end. The game was tightly contested throughout with several lead changes. The Hawks took a 31-29 advantage at the half thanks in part to excellent free throw shooting as they were 7 for 7 from the charity stripe. The second half was much the same as neither team could distance themselves from the other. As the game went down to the final minute, Lucas Holden drove to the basket, scored, and got fouled. He converted the free throw for the traditional three-point play and gave the Hawks a 3-point lead with under a minute to play. SCC had two stops down the stretch and forced a difficult three-point shot at the buzzer to hold on for a two point victory. Paulo Araujo led the Hawks in scoring with 14 points. He also added 10 rebounds on the night. Lucas Holden scored 13 points and had 5 rebounds. SCC's overall record now stands at 17-7, while their conference record is 6-2. Next week, the Hawks play 2 home games. On Tuesday, they play Saddleback College with the tip at 6pm and on Thursday, the Hawks play Santa Ana College with tip-off set for 5pm.
Game #23: Game Summary - Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Final Score: SCC 73 Copper Mountain 68
Santiago Canyon went on the road to Joshua Tree to play at Copper Mountain College on Wednesday. The Hawks battled the Fighting Cactii toe to toe throughout the game. Copper Mountain jumped out to an early 7-point lead and held a 6-point lead at the half with the score 43-37. Tyler Goodlow paced the Hawks in the first half with 16 points including 3 three-pointers. Paulo Araujo had 11 points in the first half as well. SCC started fast in the second half and tied the score early. From there, the teams exchanged the lead a few times until about 3 minutes to play. At that point SCC made defensive stops and scored timely baskets to create a two possession game down the stretch. Justin Canzoneri came off the bench to hit 2 clutch jumpshots including a three-pointer. Lucas Holden added another clutch jumper and Troy Recktenwald iced the game from the free throw line. SCC's leading scorers were Goodlow and Araujo, who finished with 20 points and 18 points, respectively. Adrian Dick chipped in with 9 points and 5 rebounds. The Hawks held the Fighting Cactii to 25 points in the second half. SCC is now 16-7 overall and 5-2 in conference play. They will be on the road again this Friday as they travel to Riverside City College. Tip-off is at 5:00pm.
Game #22: Game Summary - Friday, February 1, 2019
Final Score: SCC 65 Fullerton 88
The 13th ranked Hawks were host to #2 ranked Fullerton on Friday night. SCC came in with a 4-1 record in conference, while Fullerton was 5-1. Fullerton jumped on the cold shooting Hawks early and took a commanding lead. SCC struggled throughout the first half to find a rhythm on offense and shot a season low 23% in the first half, while Fullerton shot 63% from the field. The Hawks battled in the second half but couldn't get the lead into single digits as Fullerton controlled the paint inside and made timely shots to keep their lead. SCC ended the game shooting a season low 30.4% from the floor and only 28.6% from the 3-point line. Paulo Araujo led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points. Mitchell Rausch chipped in with 12 and Tyler Goodlow finished with 11 points. The Hawks drop to 15-7 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. Their next game will be on the road at Copper Mountain on Wednesday as they look to bounce back from the loss. Game time will be 5pm.
Game #21: Game Summary - Friday, January 25, 2019
Final Score: SCC 82 Santa Ana 67
The Hawks traveled to Santa Ana to play the Dons in a matchup of colleges from the Rancho Santiago Community College District. SCC came out hot and took control of the game from the tip. They made 12 three-point shots in the first half on 22 attempts to go along with 9 free throws for a total of 45 points. Astoundingly, the Hawks did not score a 2-point basket in the half, but still took a 16 point lead into half as the Dons scored 31 points. Tyler Goodlow scored 18 points in the half including 5 three-pointers. The Hawks came out aggressive in the second half and extended the lead to 31 points with 9 minutes remaining in the game. Give credit to Santa Ana as they played hard and managed to cut into the lead, but couldn't get within striking distance. The final score was 82-67 in favor of the Hawks. SCC had 10 players score in the game, led by Tyler Goodlow's 26 points. Ajdin Toskic added 13 points, while Myles Garvin and Jordan Holden finished with 10 points apiece. Lucas Holden chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds on the evening. SCC connected on 22 field goals and had 18 assists, which is a tribute to their offensive execution and ball movement. SCC's record is now 15-6 overall and 4-1 in the Orange Empire Conference. There is now a 3-way tie for first in conference with SCC, Saddleback, and Fullerton all at the top. SCC's next game is at home vs. Fullerton on Friday, February 1st at 6pm.
Game #20: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Final Score: SCC 95 Irvine Valley 91 (OT)
Santiago Canyon has started conference play with several close games and tonight's matchup with Irvine Valley was the same. The Hawks jumped out to an 11-point lead early, but let their guard down and allowed the Lasers to get back in the game. SCC led at the half by the score of 38 - 34. The Hawks used a pressing defense to force IVC into 16 turnovers in the first half, but couldn't convert on the offensive end to create a bigger lead. The second half was very similar with SCC getting out to a lead, only to let Irvine Valley back in the game. The game went down to the wire. Jordan Holden hit one free throw to tie the game at 81 with 22 seconds left. The Lasers missed a 17-foot jumper with 5 seconds left and SCC called timeout. On the ensuing possession, Tyler Goodlow received a long pass, but was unable to hit the shot at the buzzer sending the game into overtime. SCC started the overtime fast and built a 6-point lead. From there, they hung on for a 95-91 victory. Goodlow led the Hawks in scoring with 25 points, while Paulo Araujo finished with 23 points. Troy Recktenwald grabbed 7 rebounds, including 4 offensive. Araujo also led the Hawks with 6 steals, while helping the team force IVC into 27 turnovers. The Hawks will hit the road to take on district rival, Santa Ana, in their next game on Friday at 5pm. SCC's record stands at 14-6 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.
Game #19: Game Summary - Friday, January 18, 2019
Final Score: SCC 68 Saddleback 78
Santiago Canyon went on the road down south to play at Saddleback College on Friday Night. The Hawks battled throughout, but came up short in the end losing to the Gauchos by the score of 68-78. SCC struggled from the field throughout the night as they only connected on 6 of 30 three-point shots. They also missed 13 free throws in the contest. Despite trailing most of the game, the Hawks came back and cut the lead to 5 with a minute to play. Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn't connect on some timely shots down the stretch and couldn't close the game. SCC was led in scoring by Paulo Araujo with 19 points and Tyler Goodlow finished with 12 points. Goodlow also came up with 6 steals. Araujo and Adrian Dick tied for the team lead in rebounds with 7 each. The Hawks are now 13 - 6 on the season and 2 - 1 in the Orange Empire Conference.
Game #18: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Final Score: SCC 91 Riverside City 87
14th-ranked Santiago Canyon College hosted 16th-ranked Riverside City College on Wednesday night in the Orange Empire Conference. The score was as close as the two teams' rankings. SCC opened up a 9-point lead in the first half on the strong play of Troy Recktenwald, Tyler Goodlow, Lucas Holden, and Jordan Holden. The four combined for 30 of the 43 first half points for the Hawks, and the Hawks held a 43-38 advantage. The second half was much the same as the first as SCC held a 5 to 11 point lead most of the way. The Tigers battled back and cut the lead to 2 with about 12 seconds to play, but Tyler Goodlow connected on two free throws to seal the victory. Ajdin Toskic scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to give the Hawks another strong boost. Goodlow ended the game with 21 points on 7-11 shooting, while Toskic shot 9-12 from the floor. Paulo Araujo chipped in with 14 points, Recktenwald finished with 12, and Lucas Holden ended with 9 points. Adrian Dick was once again an enforcer inside and finished the game with 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a timely 3-point field goal with about a minute to go in the game. The Hawks are now 13-5 overall and 2-0 in OEC play. Their next game is on the road at Saddleback College on Friday. Tip-off is set for 5pm.
Game #17: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Final Score: SCC 79 Copper Mountain 78
SCC hosted Copper Mountain tonight in the first game of the Orange Empire Conference. SCC came in with a 11-5 record and Copper Mountain had a 10-6 record. The game started slow with neither team finding a rhythm on offense. The Hawks found a grove about halfway through the half and opened up a 10-point lead with 8:17 to go. The Fighting Cacti battled back and made a run to end the half up 31-27 by scoring 11 straight points. Ajdin Toskic once again provided a big lift in the first half by scoring 11 points and connecting on three 3-pointers. The second half saw SCC get down by 8 points with 16:09 left in the game, but the Hawks rallied and took the lead 75-70 with about 2 minutes to go. Copper Mountain scored 6 straight to take a 1-point lead with 1:12 left. Tyler Goodlow was fouled on a three-point shot on the subsequent possession and knocked down all three free throws to give the Hawks a 2-point lead. Copper Mountain came right back and tied the game on a pull-up jumper with 42 seconds left. The Hawks answered back with Goodlow drawing a foul on a drive to the basket. Goodlow made one of two free throws to give SCC a 1-point lead with 23 seconds to go. On the last possession of the game, Copper Mountain was able to get a contested baseline jumper off after a scramble for a loose ball, but it missed giving SCC the victory. Paulo Araujo and Ajdin Toskic paced the Hawks with 19 points each. Tyler Goodlow finished with 13 points and Adrian Dick scored 12 points along with 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Troy Recktenwald contributed 5 assists on the evening. SCC now stands at 12-5 and 1-0 in OEC play. Their next game will be at home vs. Riverside City on Wednesday, January 16th at 6:00pm.
Game #16: Game Summary - Friday, January 4, 2019
Final Score: SCC 99 College of the Desert 87
SCC started off the new year with a solid home victory over College of the Desert by the score of 99-87. The Hawks built an early 10 point lead in the first half, only to see the Roadrunners cut it to 3 by halftime. Ajdin Toskic provided a spark to the Hawks in the first half by making 3 three-pointers and scoring 11 points. SCC started the second half hot and jumped out to a 21 point lead with 9:30 to go. Desert continued to battle and cut the lead to 12 on a couple of occasions, but couldn't get it to single digits. SCC finished the game shooting numerous free throws. The Hawks were 30 of 44 from the free throw line for the game. SCC had 6 players score in double digits. Tyler Goodlow led the team in scoring with 18 points, Paulo Araujo had 16 points, Troy Recktenwald and Ajdin Toskic both finished with 14 points, Jordan Holden chipped in 13, and Adrian Dick finished the game with 11 points. Adrian Dick also contributed 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Goodlow and Araujo both chipped in with 5 assists on the night. With the victory, the Hawks finished their non-conference schedule with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses. The opening game of conference play starts on Wednesday at home vs. Copper Mountain. Tip-off is at 6pm.
Game #15: Game Summary - Friday, December 21, 2018
Final Score: SCC 85 El Camino 83
SCC finished off the 2018 portion of their game schedule with a victory over El Camino by the score of 85-83. The game was the second day of the Paul Landreaux Tournament hosted by El Camino College. The game was close throughout as SCC could not find a rhythm on the offensive end due to the physical defense by the Warriors. The Warriors committed 33 personal fouls in the game which disrupted the offensive flow. However, the Hawks were only able to connect on 27 of 46 free throws. SCC took a one-point advantage into the half by the score of 47-46 as the Warriors shot a sizzling 7 for 11 from the 3-point line. There were 15 lead changes in the game with SCC's biggest lead being 8 points and El Camino's was 9 in the second half. SCC finished the game strong and made clutch plays to close out the game. Tyler Goodlow scored a driving layup to put the Hawks up by 1 point with 25 seconds to go. The Warriors missed on their next attempt and Adrian Dick secured the rebound and got fouled with 4 seconds to go. He made one of two free throws to give the Hawks a 2-point lead. El Camino was able to get a drive to the basket and a shot up, but it fell short as the buzzer sounded. SCC was led in scoring by Paulo Araujo with 28 points including 4 three-pointers. Troy Recktenwald and Tyler Goodlow chipped in with 15 points apiece. Araujo and Goodlow were named to the All-Tournament Team. SCC's record now stands at 10-5 on the season. They have some time off for the holidays and will resume play with a home game against College of the Desert on Friday, Jan. 4th. Tip-off is set for 5:00pm.
Game #14: Game Summary - Thursday, December 20, 2018
Final Score: SCC 97 San Diego Mesa 49
The Hawks opened up their final tournament of the season with a victory over San Diego Mesa in the El Camino "Paul Landreaux" Tournament. The final score was 97-49 as the Hawks nearly reached triple digits. SCC turned to a full court press early in the game and disrupted the offensive rhythm of the Olympians. Jordan Holden and Paulo Araujo paced the Hawks in the first half with 16 points and 15 points respectively. They combined to make 7 three-point shots. SCC finished the half with a 51-20 lead. SCC poured it on in the second half and finished the game with a solid victory by the score of 97-49. San Diego Mesa came into the game averaging nearly 10 made three-point shots per game, but the Hawks limited them to 3 of 20 for the game. SCC was led in scoring by Paulo Araujo with 20 points, Jordan Holden with 19 points, and Tyler Goodlow with 15 points. Goodlow also contributed 6 assists. Amason Nwoye came off the bench to grab a team-high 7 rebounds. SCC will play host El Camino College on Friday night in the last game of 2018. Tip-off is at 7:00pm.
Game #13: Game Summary - Saturday, December 15, 2018
Final Score: SCC 83 Southwestern 92
In their third game in four days and second game of their San Diego trip, SCC fell short to Southwestern by a score of 83-92. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead due to tough defense and balanced scoring. They led at the half by 8 points over the Jaguars. Both teams battled some early foul trouble throughout the half. In the second half, Southwestern quickly cut into the lead and took the lead with about 12 minutes to go in the game with a flurry of 3-point shots and transition baskets. Down the stretch, the Jaguars converted their free throws and sealed the victory. SCC struggled from the free throw line and only shot 30% from the 3-point line, while the Jaguars shot over 50% from the field including 52% from the 3-point line. SCC was led in scoring by Tyler Goodlow with 20 points, Paulo Araujo with 17 points, and Lucas Holden with 16 points. The Hawks will look to bounce back in the win column in their upcoming tournament at El Camino College. The Hawks will open with San Diego Mesa this Thursday, December 20th at 5pm and follow that with a game vs. host El Camino on Friday at 7pm. The Hawks are currently ranked 16th in California and will look to finish 2018 on a strong note.
Game #12: Game Summary - Friday, December 14, 2018
Final Score: SCC 92 Cuyamaca 51
SCC traveled south for the first of a 2-game road trip to take on the Coyotes from Cuyamaca College. The Hawks started the game on a 22-0 run with a flurry of three pointers and transition baskets from an aggressive press. SCC led 44-20 at the half as Cuyamaca settled down and kept the deficit about the same throughout the half. Several players for SCC contributed early in the second half to extend the lead to 30+ points. The lead was never in doubt as the Hawks totaled 92 points for the game while the Coyotes finished with 51 points. SCC had 5 players score in double digits for the game. Jordan Holden led all scorers with 20 points including 6 three-pointers. Justin Canzoneri connected on 5 three-pointers for a total of 15 points. Ajdin Toskic finished with 13 points, Tyler Goodlow with 12 points, and Paulo Araujo with 10 points. The Hawks finished the game with a season high 18 made three-point shots. The Hawks continue their San Diego road trip with a game at #13 ranked Southwestern College on Saturday, Dec. 15th at 3pm. SCC is on a 6-game winning streak and now stand at 8-4 on the season.
Game #11: Game Summary - Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Final Score: SCC 79 LA Pierce 72
The Brahmas from Los Angeles Pierce traveled south to take on the Hawks tonight in a non-conference game. SCC started hot and jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. LA Pierce answered back and kept the game close throughout the first half. The Hawks took a 40-36 lead into intermission. Paulo Araujo led the Hawks in the first half with 12 points and Troy Recktenwald chipped in 8 points. The second half saw the Hawks keep a lead between five to twelve points thoughout. The Brahmas battled and tried to cut into the lead on several occasions, but the Hawks responded each time. SCC won the game by a score of 79-72. Paulo Araujo led the team in scoring with 23 points and also led the team in rebounding with 9 rebounds. The Hawks had four other players score in double digits; Tyler Goodlow with 16, Ajdin Toskic with 13, Troy Recktenwald with 10, and Adrian Dick with 10. Tyler Goodlow also finished with a game high 8 assists. Adrian Dick chipped in with 7 rebounds and 2 block shots. SCC's record now stands at 7-4 and they are currently on a 5-game winning streak. They look to keep the momentum going as they travel to San Diego this weekend to play Cuyamaca and #13 ranked Southwestern. Friday's game vs. Cuyamaca is a 6pm tip-off, and Saturday's game vs. Southwestern tips at 3pm.
Game #10: Game Summary - Friday, December 7, 2018
Final Score: SCC 86 Citrus 64
SCC went on the road to Glendora to play #5 ranked Citrus College on Friday. This was a great road test for the Hawks as they prepare for OEC play in January. SCC jumped out early and never looked back. The Hawks displayed relentless defense and executed on the offensive end to come away with a 22-point victory by a score of 86-64. In the first half, SCC shot 52% from the field including 9 three pointers. Tyler Goodlow led the way with 19 first half points. SCC led at the break by a score of 55-29. This is the second straight game that the Hawks have scored over 50 points in the first half. The second half started much the same way the first half ended. The Hawks soared to a 32 point lead with 17 minutes to go in the half. The Owls battled back over the course of the next 10 minutes, but could only get to within 17 points. SCC kept the pace up and pushed the lead back over 20 quickly and finished with an 86-64 victory. The Hawks were led in scoring by Paulo Araujo with 26 points, Tyler Goodlow with 21 points, and Ajdin Toskic with 14 points. The Hawks had several players stand out on the defensive end. Lucas Holden and Tyler Goodlow helped hold Citrus' leading scorer to 7 points. Holden finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Adrian Dick played big in the middle and grabbed 8 rebounds to go along with 5 blocks. The Hawks improved to 6-4 on the season and ride a 3-game winning streak into next week's games. SCC will take on LA Pierce at home on Wednesday, and then travel to San Diego over the weekend to play Cuyamaca and 9th ranked Southwestern.
Game #9: Game Summary - Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Final Score: SCC 100 Mira Costa 83
The SCC Hawks were back in action after 9 days off against Mira Costa, who came in with a 5-4 record on the season. In their first home game of the season, the Hawks started fast and didn't look back as they reached triple digits with a 100-83 victory. SCC used a pressing defense to force 14 first half turnovers by the Spartans. SCC converted often in transition and took a 63-41 lead into the half. The 63 points in the first half was a season high in points for a half. SCC started strong in the second half and stretched the lead to 30 points. Mira Costa battled back, but could never significantly cut the deficit. The closest the Spartans could get was within 17 points at the end of the game. SCC had balanced scoring with 5 players in double digits. Lucas Holden led the way with a game high 23 points on 9-14 shooting. Jordan Holden and Tyler Goodlow both finished with 15 points, while Paulo Araujo finished with 14 and Adrian Dick scored 11. Goodlow also dished out 10 assists and had 3 steals. Adrian Dick led the Hawks with 7 rebounds and 3 block shots. The Hawks had a solid team effort for their 3rd consecutive win. They look to keep the momentum as they travel to Citrus to take on the #5 ranked team in the state. Game time is 6pm.
Game #8: Game Summary - Sunday, November 25, 2018
Final Score: SCC 73 LA Harbor 70
The Santiago Canyon College Hawks took on the LA Harbor Seahawks in the consolation championship of the Palomar College Tournament. The Hawks came away with a 73-70 victory. SCC started out slow once again and found themselves down by 21 points early in the first half. After the sluggish start, the Hawks battled back to cut the score to 32-38 at the half. SCC shot a dismal 28.1% from the floor for the half, while the Seahawks shot 55.2%. SCC came out strong in the second half and evened the score quickly. The Hawks took advantage of some turnovers and cold shooting by LA Harbor to grab their biggest lead of 7 with 3:35 remaining in the game. SCC was able to hold on at the end and survive a flurry of 3-point shot attempts by Harbor. With the victory the Hawks evened their record at 4-4 for the season. SCC had four players in double digits with Troy Recktenwald and Adrian Dick scoring 13 points apiece. Paulo Araujo scored 12, while Jordan Holden finished with 11 points. Ajdin Toskic provided a spark off the bench with 7 points in the second half. Adrian Dick finished with a team high 6 rebounds and 3 block shots. Paulo Araujo was selected to the All Tournament Team for Santiago Canyon. The Hawks next game will be their first home game of the season as they host Mira Costa College on Wednesday, December 5th. Tip off will be at 5:00pm.
Game #7: Game Summary - Saturday, November 24, 2018
Final Score: SCC 79 Saddleback 72
Santiago Canyon College started fast and finished strong to get a solid victory over Saddleback College by the score of 79-72. The Hawks built an 20 point lead in the first half on the strong play of Paulo Araujo, Lucas Holden, Myles Garvin, and Jordan Holden. Despite battling foul trouble with many of the players, the Hawks were able to apply pressure defensively and keep the Gauchos from cutting into the lead too deep throughout the first half. The halftime score was 46-31. Saddleback made several runs in the second half, but never manage to capture the lead. They cut SCC's lead to 5 with 7:00 remaining in the game, but the Hawks answered and got the lead back to double digits. Down the stretch, SCC maintained their poise and finished the game with a 79-72 victory. Paulo Araujo led all players with 26 points, including 5 three-pointers. Lucas Holden finished with 15 points, Jordan Holden with 13 points, and Tyler Goodlow with 12 points to round out the double digit scorers. Lucas Holden also finished with 9 rebounds, including 4 offensive. The Hawks will look to continue the momentum in the consolation championship game vs. LA Harbor at 2:00pm on Sunday. The game will be played at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.
Game #6: Game Summary - Friday, November 23, 2018
Final Score: SCC 64 San Diego City 68
The Hawks opened up the first round of the Palomar Tournament against perennial power, San Diego City College. SCC started sluggish and were outscored by 16 points to start the game. They battled back and cut the deficit to 8 points by halftime, 37-29. The Hawks only shot 28.6% from the floor in the first half, but kept the game within reach with gritty defense. SCC opened the 2nd half on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 39-38 with 17 minutes remaining in the game. Paulo Araujo scored on a layup inside to give the Hawks their first lead at 52-51 with 7:57 remaining in the game. The game went back and forth from there. Down the stretch, Tyler Goodlow made a pull up jumper to get the Hawks within a point with 35.3 seconds left in the game. San Diego City converted free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Goodlow led Santiago Canyon with 18 points and Paulo Araujo scored 16 points. Troy Recktenwald and Adrian Dick led the Hawks with 6 rebounds apiece. SCC will look to rebound from the loss in the next game as they face OEC rival, Saddleback College. Game time is 1:00pm at Palomar College.
Game #5: Game Summary - Saturday, November 17, 2018
Final Score: SCC 53 LA Valley 60
In the Third Place game of the tournament, SCC fell short to LA Valley. This game featured two teams who lost the previous night in tightly contested games. Early on it showed for the Hawks, as they trailed by 14 in the first half. Another slow start to a game, put SCC in a tough bind. Like the previous two games, the Hawks battled back in the second half after trailing 24-26 at the half. SCC took a 44-40 lead with about 8 minutes to go in the game, but gave up an 8-0 run to trail by 4 points. Down the stretch, LA Valley made enough plays to finish the game with a victory. The Hawks shot a dismal 22.8% from the field and had trouble finding any rhythm on offense. Mitchell Rausch provided the lone spark off the bench with 14 points and four made 3-point shots. The loss drops SCC's record to 2-3 as they enter the Palomar Tournament after Thanksgiving. Their first round opponent is San Diego City on Friday, November 23rd at 3pm.
Game #4: Game Summary - Friday, November 16, 2018
Final Score: SCC 73 LA Trade Tech 75
In the Semi-Final matchup of the Pasadena City College Tournament, SCC played LA Trade Tech. The Hawks started slow and trailed by 15 points at the half while shooting just 32.4% from the floor. SCC picked up the pace in the second half and made a valiant run against Trade Tech. The Hawks took the lead by one point on a 3-point shot from Tyler Goodlow with 55 seconds to go. Trade Tech answered with an offensive rebound putback on an airball and got fouled. After converting the free throw, Tech was up 2 with 40 seconds to go. On the ensuing possession, Adrian Dick was fouled in the act of shooting and converted both free throws to tie the game. On the next possession Trade Tech scored inside leaving only 18 seconds left in the game. After a deflection out of bounds, the Hawks set up an inbounds play to try and tie the game. Unfortunately, the shot was partially blocked as time expired and the Hawks fell short. It was a great comeback effort by SCC. Paulo Araujo led the Hawks with a near triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 steals. Tyler Goodlow added 14 points as the only other Hawk in double digits. Despite just shooting 36.4% from the floor, SCC battled back into the game and showed grit to give themselves a shot at the victory. The loss drops their record to an even 2-2.
Game #3: Game Summary - Thursday, November 15, 2018
Final Score: SCC 73 Mt. San Antonio 58
A big second half by the Hawks led to a 73-58 victory in the first round of the Pasadena City College Tournament. The Hawks trailed by 6 (31-37) at halftime, but outscored the Mounties 42-21 in the second half. The Hawks went on a 26-10 run to open the second half to go up 57-47. SCC was led in scoring by Ajdin Toskic with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting including 3 for 6 from the three-point line. Paulo Araujo contributed 13 points including 3 threes as well. Adrian Dick pitched in with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The Hawks will face LA Trade Tech in the second round at 5pm on Friday. The Hawks are now 2 - 1 on the young season.
Game #2: Game Summary - Friday, November 2, 2018
Final Score: SCC 62 Long Beach City 74
After a solid win last night, the Hawks found themselves in a battle with Long Beach City in the championship game of the Santa Ana Tip-Off Tournament. SCC fell to the Vikings by a score of 62-74. The Hawks could never get in a rhythm on the offensive side of the court finishing with only 3 made three-pointers on 26 attempts. The Vikings shot 46% from the floor for the game while the Hawks ended the game shooting just 34%. Despite the off shooting night, the team battled throughout and made several runs to stay in the game, but unfortunately, the cold shooting continued. SCC was led in scoring by Jordan Holden with 17 points. Ajdin Toskic scored 12 points while Tyler Goodlow and Lucas Holden each had 10 points. The leading rebounder in the game was Lucas Holden with a total of 11 rebounds. SCC will have a week off before they begin play in the Pasadena City College Tournament on November 15th. The Hawks will look to defend their tournament championship from last season. They open the tournament with a 3pm game vs. Mt. San Antonio College on November 15th.
SCC vs. Long Beach City Game Highlights
Game #1: Game Summary - Thursday, November 1, 2018
Final Score: SCC 88 Chaffey 79
The Santiago Canyon College Hawks started their 2nd season of competition with a solid victory over Chaffey College. The team is competing in the Santa Ana College Tournament over the course of two days. Their opening round opponent, Chaffey, came out very aggressive with an up-tempo offense and trapping full court defense. The Hawks and Panthers stayed within a few points of each other for the first ten minutes of the first half. Then, the last ten minutes of the first half the Hawks took control. They outscored Chaffey 20-4 to end the first half to go into halftime with a 46-28 lead. SCC continued their strong play to start the second half and extended their lead to a game high 26 points. Chaffey continued battling and closed the gap to 12 with 3:00 minutes to go, but Paulo Araujo nailed down the victory with free throws at the end. The Hawks were lead in scoring by Tyler Goodlow, who finished with 20 points. They had three other players in double digits. Lucas Holden scored 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds. Paulo Araujo scored 14 points and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the charity stripe. Ajdin Toskic was the fourth leading scorer on the night and finished with 11 points. Balance scoring is going to be a theme of the team this year and game #1 proved it with 11 players contributing in the scoring column. With the win, the Hawks advance to the championship game Friday night vs. Long Beach City College. Long Beach City defeated host Santa Ana by the score of 74-71 in the other semi-final game. The game will be played at Santa Ana College with tip-off set for 7:30pm.
2018-19 Season Preview
The Santiago Canyon College Hawks are looking to build upon the
success of last year’s inaugural season. The Hawks finished the
season as Southern California Regional Finalists with a record of
22-9. They were led by Sophomore, Rocket Henderson, who has
now graduated and is attending Cal State Northridge on a
This year’s team returns two players from last season in Myles
Garvin and Troy Recktenwald. Myles was the starting center and
Troy was the sixth man spark plug off the bench. Unfortunately,
AJ Garrity, a third returner, suffered a leg injury in the fall and will
be redshirting this season. There are several new faces on the
team this year and they will be integral parts of the team's success.
The team is excited for the start of the season. The season starts
on November 1st as the team takes on Chaffey College in the
Santa Ana Tournament. The schedule, including tournament
brackets, is available by clicking the tab on the left side of this page. We
look forward to seeing you at some games this year!
Game #31: Game Summary - Saturday, March 3, 2018
CCCAA Men's Basketball State Playoff Southern Regional Finals
Opponent: Cerritos Final Score: SCC 75 Cerritos 95
Despite shooting only 33% from the field in the first half yesterday and playing on the road against the talented #5 seeded Cerritos Falcons, the 11th seeded Santiago Canyon Hawks found themselves ahead 67-65 after a Shaun Maeder 3 pointer with 8:08 remaining in the game. The shot came right in front of the enthusiastic Santiago Canyon bench. The happiness would be short-lived as Cerritos responded with a 30-8 run to close out the game and give the Falcons a 95-75 victory. The win earns Cerritos (26-5) a place in the CCCAA State Tournament beginning Friday in Ventura. Santiago Canyon finishes their season at 22-9. The game featured many lead changes throughout the first 32 minutes of play. Jacob Garcia scored back to back baskets inside in the final minute of the first half to make it 39-38 in favor of Cerritos at half-time. The game then became a see saw battle until the final 8 minutes. The Hawks actually attempted 7 more field goal attempts than Cerritos, forcing 16 turnovers while only committing 9 miscues of their own. They scored 19 points off the Falcons turnovers but managed to shoot only 35% from the field. Cerritos dominated the boards out rebounding Santiago Canyon 50-30 and also blocking 7 shots. Rocket Henderson (32 points and 10 rebounds) and Antoine Jenkins (22 points) were the only players for the Hawks to score in double figures but both had to work extremely hard on offense against the Falcon defense. Cerritos had 5 players score in double figures led by Keshaun Mack's 22. Leading scorer Demetrius Thomas, a sophomore, came off the bench to score 11 of his 19 points in the final 7 minutes of the game. Cerritos had 10 of their 13 offensive rebounds in the second half. Santiago Canyon coach Todd Dixon commented on the game and the season. "Tonight we didn't play our best, but you have to give Cerritos credit. They had a lot to do with how we played. I am very proud of this team and the effort that they put forth all season." With only one sophomore on this roster, the Hawks will have a lot of experience next season. These young men laid the foundation of the basketball program at Santiago Canyon this year with the performance on the court. Their competitive spirit and great team chemistry proved to be the cornerstone of their success. The culture of excellence is in place.
SCC vs. Cerritos Game Highlights
Game #30: Game Summary - Saturday, February 24, 2018
CCCAA Men's Basketball State Playoff Southern Regional Semi-Finals
Opponent: East Los Angeles College Final Score: SCC 94 East LA 89
From the moment that the Santiago Canyon College Basketball team arrived on the campus of East Los Angeles College on Saturday, they were greeted and treated in a first class manner. Their Athletic Director, Training Staff, and everyone affiliated with the school went out of their way to make the Hawks feel welcomed and appreciated. The Huskies have their game management organization down pat having been to the state playoffs 6 straight years and establishing themselves as one of the elite basketball programs in California Junior College Basketball under the direction of Head Coach John Mosley. With a record of 24-5 entering the contest, the South Coast Conference Champions came into the game as the #4 seed in Southern California and riding momentum
with an 8 game winning streak. They averaged 81 points per game while holding opponents to an average of only 59. They averaged 13.5 more rebounds than their opponents. Santiago Canyon was well aware of their worthy opponent and the challenge at hand but it was the Hawks who came out strong early, building a lead of 17 points, then hanging on to earn their second playoff victory by a score of 94-89. Amazingly, the Hawks took a 5-4 lead early in the contest and then never trailed again, although there were some nervous moments. Both teams shot the ball very well in a highly entertaining game. Santiago Canyon shot 49% from the field including a mind boggling 19-35 from 3-point land. East L.A. shot 51% from the floor including 12-24 from behind the arc. The Huskies did out rebound the Hawks by 12, but Santiago Canyon forced 9 steals and only committed 13 turnovers compared to 18 for East L.A. There were plenty of personal accolades to go around, but this was most definitely a team win for Santiago Canyon. Rocket Henderson led the way with 35 points and added 7 rebounds. He connected on 7 of his 12 shots from 3-point land and thrilled the crowd with a couple of outstanding dunks. His final 3 pointer with 56 seconds left was the dagger to put the Hawks up 89-83 and turn the last minute into a free throw contest. Guard Antoine Jenkins scored 28 points and led all players with 10 assists. He was 13 of 16 from the free throw line and sank 5 three point shots. Defensive stopper Xavier Preston also joined the 3-point attack knocking down all 3 of his attempts while also providing his usual excellent defense. Myles Garvin led the Hawks and tied for game high honors with 9 big rebounds on the evening. AJ Garrity contributed 11 points while knocking down a huge 3 pointer right in front of the Hawk bench at the end of the shot clock on a brilliant pass by Garvin with 1:41 left. Santiago Canyon entered the playoffs as the number #11 seed after finishing tied for 5th in the very difficult Orange Empire Conference. The win improves their overall record to 22-8 and earns them a 3rd round game at Cerritos College on Saturday in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Finals. The winner of that games moves on to the State Tournament in Ventura the following week. The Falcons of Cerritos needed triple overtime to knock off Riverside City College on Friday. Cerritos enters the game with a record of 25-5. Game time is 7:00 p.m. The Hawks had quite the fan support at East L.A. on Saturday and would love to have more people come out to Cerritos on Saturday in their quest to make the State Tournament in their first
year of basketball. With a team that averages 90 points a game and players that won't back down to anyone, anything is possible. The journey continues.
Game #29: Game Summary - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
CCCAA Men's Basketball State Playoff Southern Regional Quater-Finals
Opponent: College of the Canyons Final Score: SCC 99 Canyons: 73
Everything in this inaugural season has been unchartered territory for the Santiago Canyon College Men's Basketball team, including their first ever state community college home playoff victory which occurred Wednesday evening. The Hawks defeated College of the Canyons by a score of 99-73 in Orange and now advance to play 4th seeded East Los Angeles College on the road Saturday night. The Cougars came down from Newhall and promptly took a 3-0 lead when guard Jacob Lilley drained a 3 pointer at the end of the shot clock. The lead would not last long as the Hawks rode the hot hand of sophomore Rocket Henderson. Henderson, who last week was named Orange Empire Conference Offensive Player Of The Year, showed why as he pumped in 23 of his game high 30 points in the first half to give the Hawks a 52-44 halftime advantage. In this unique matchup between canyon schools, it was 11th seeded Santiago Canyon who got the better of 20th seeded College of the Canyons as the Hawks built their lead in the second half behind the play of guard Antoine Jenkins. Jenkins, who also earned first team all-conference honors, connected on 7 of his 8 shots in the second half and finished the game with 20 points and a game high 8 assists. Henderson led all players with 17 rebounds. Center Anhony Simone scored 24 points for the Cougars. As a team, Santiago Canyon shot a blistering 56% from the field for the game including 16-33 from 3-point land while holding the Cougars to only 39% shooting. The game was a rematch between the two teams as the Hawks came out on top earler this season with a 73-65 victory at Mt. San Jacinto College. Coach Todd Dixon wanted a more up tempo game this time. "We wanted to run and we made a point of pushing the ball and running our lanes tonight. I thought we played very well as a team." Starters Myles Garvin and AJ Garrity scored 13 and 12 points respectively, while Troy Recktenwald and Shaun Maeder came off the bench to contribute 9 points each for the Hawks. Saturday night will pose a challenge for Santiago Canyon. The Huskies of East Los Angeles College finished their regular season with a record of 24-5 andwon their 3rd straight league championship and 5th in the last 6 years. They will enter the contest on Saturday with an 8 game winning streak. The 2 teams have not played each other this season. Game time at East Los Angeles College is 7:00 p.m.
SCC vs. Canyons Box Score
SCC vs. Canyons Game Highlights
Game #28: Game Summary - Thursday, February 15, 2018
Opponent: Irvine Valley College Final Score: SCC 78 IVC 58
Antoine Jenkins scored 22 of his 31 points in the first half and Rocket Henderson torched the nets for 26 of his 28 points in the second half to lead the Santiago Canyon College Hawks to a 78-58 victory over the Irvine Valley College Lasers. The Hawks finish the regular season with a 20-8 overall record, going 7-5 in Orange Empire Conference play. They finished in 3rd place in the 9 team league and now await their playoff opponent and destination. Information should be forthcoming on Sunday evening. Irvine Valley, the only conference team to defeat conference champion, Orange Coast College, finishes the season at 14-15 and 3-9 in league play. The Hawks led most of the first half and stretched their lead to 12 but the Lasers fought back and trimmed the deficit to 32-28. With 6 seconds left in the half, Coach Todd Dixon called a timeout to draw up a play at the end of the half. The play worked to perfection as AJ Garrity penetrated the defense and kicked a pass to Jenkins who nailed a cold blooded 28 footer just before the half time buzzer for a 35-28 advantage. Santiago Canyon never trailed
in the second half but the Lasers kept the game within striking distance before the Hawks pulled away in the final 6 minutes behind Henderson's scoring outburst. Henderson also had a game high 12 rebounds. Zane Paddon led Irvine Valley with 14 points.The Hawks shot 49% from the field while holding the Lasers to a 42% mark. Santiago Canyon could play again on either Wednesday or Friday night. Whenever they play and whoever they play against just means that this incredible journey of a first basketball season will continue for at least another game and maybe longer. The Hawks have proven right away that they can play and compete with anyone in California Community College Basketball. Stay tuned. The playoffs are coming!
Game #27: Game Summary - Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Opponent: Fullerton College Final Score: SCC 83 Fullerton 89
After a 20 point win against Cypress College on Friday, the Santiago Canyon College Basketball Team was hoping to build off of that victory against Fullerton College on Tuesday. However, it was the Hornets of Fullerton who came out on top by a score of 89-83. The Hawks are now 5-6 in Orange Empire conference play and are 18-9 overall. Fullerton concludes their regular season with a 20-7 overall mark going 9-3 in league play, good enough for second place to conference champion, Orange Coast College. Santiago Canyon has one more game left at Irvine Valley College on Thursday night. Fullerton definitely will be in the state playoffs and the Hawks are confident that they will be included as well. A win on Thursday against the Lasers will increase their chances of post season play.
Fullerton (ranked #12 in California) opened the game with an 11-0 run, using their height advantage over Santiago Canyon to get the ball inside. The Hawks have been resilient all season and were so again on Tuesday. They fought back quickly after the early defecit and took the lead for the first time in the first half at 39-37. Santiago Canyon led at the half by a score of 41-39. Antoine Jenkins, Rocket Henderson, and Troy Recktenwald combined for 35 of the 41 points for the Hawks. The second half was back and forth most of the way until Fullerton took the lead for good with 6:40 left on a basket by guard Jason Richardson. The bucket made it 64-63 and the Hawks would never lead again. Fullerton outrebounded Santiago Canyon 46-26, but the Hawks did force 20 turnovers while only committing 8 miscues on their end. After shooting 47% from the field in the first half, Santiago Canyon connected on only 37% of their attempts in the second half including an ice cold 3-20 from 3 point land. Jenkins led all scorers with 36 points while Henderson finished with 26 while also leading the Hawks with 8 rebounds. Recktenwald had his second consecutive solid outing off the bench and finished with 12 points. Richardson,a transfer from Cal State Northridge, led Fullerton with 24 points. The 2 teams met earlier this season on January 19 and it was Santiago Canyon who came out on top by a score of 70-69. Game time at Irvine Valley College on Thursday is at 6:00 p.m. A win on Thursday would put the Hawks at 6-6 in the Orange Empire Conference. It has been a remarkable first season of competitive college basketball and Coach Todd Dixon and his team are ready for the challenge. " We played pretty well today, but made too many mistakes to beat a team like Fullerton. We have to bounce back quickly and get ready for Irvine Valley. Our players love to compete and we all would like to end our regular season with a win." Irvine Valley is 14-14 overall and 3-8 in league play. Playoff teams and seedings will be announced Sunday evening.
Game #26: Game Summary - Friday, February 9, 2018
Opponent: Cypress College Final Score: SCC 96 Cypress 76
Santiago Canyon's Basketball team got back to their winning ways Friday by defeating the Cypress Chargers 96-76 in Orange. The win breaks a 2 game skid for the Hawks who are now 5-5 in Orange Empire Conference play and 18-8 overall. Cypress falls to 2-8 in league play and 8-17 overall. The game featured a lot of whistles by the officials who called multiple fouls on both teams while the teams were attempting to find rhythm in their play. 54 personal fouls were called on the 2 teams and 2 technicals were assessed resulting in a whopping 66 free throws. What the fans were not able to see in free flowing basketball, they were able to witness excellent free throw shooting that most NBA teams would be jealous of. Cypress connected on 23-27 from the charity stripe for an 85% clip while Santiago Canyon topped that by going 34-39 (87%). Cypress had 4 players foul out of the game and had to play the last 2 minutes with only 4 players on the court. Cypress guard Randall Walker opened the game with a 25 foot jump shot at the end of the shot clock for the Chargers. The Hawks answered with back to back 3 pointers by Xavier Preston and Rocket Henderson to take a 6-3 lead and would never trail again. Santiago Canyon dominated the first half behind Rocket Henderson and Troy Recktenwald. Henderson had 19 of his 30 points in the first half, connecting on all 3 of his 3 point attempts and making 8 of 9 free throws. Recktenwald came off the bench to sink all 3 of his field goals including a lone 3 point shot and was a perfect 4-4 from the line. Recktenwald would continue his fine play in the second half to lead the Hawks with 11 rebounds for the game. He finished with 15 points. Antoine Jenkins was the third Hawk to finish in double figures with 18 points while adding a team leading 7 assists. Santiago Canyon welcomed back guard Travis Kettering who saw his first action since injuring his ankle against Orange Coast College back on January 10. He scored 2 points but his energy, passing and defensive play were definitely missed during his absence. Starter AJ Garrity suffered a bloody lip with 2 minutes left in the contest but will be ready to play on Tuesday. Coach Todd Dixon commented on the victory. "We needed this one. I thought we played very well in the first half. Things got a little sloppy in the second half but we did some things very well. We emphasized rebounding all week long and we won the battle of the boards 35-30 which is encouraging." Next week is the final week of the regular season in the Orange Empire Conference before the state playoffs. Santiago Canyon will be on the road for both games next week beginning Tuesday at Fullerton College. The Hawks will then conclude their regular season at Irvine Valley on Thursday. Santiago Canyon and Fullerton met earlier this season with the Hawks coming away with a 70-69 victory on January 19. The defending conference champion Hornets who made it to the state final game a year ago, are 8-3 in league play and in second place to Orange Coast College. Game time on Tuesday is 7:00 p.m.
Game #25: Game Summary - Friday, February 2, 2018
Opponent: Orange Coast College Final Score: SCC 91 OCC 96
The Santiago Canyon Hawks battled all night but came out on the short end Friday, losing to first place Orange Coast College in overtime by a score of 96-91 in Costa Mesa. Santiago Canyon is now 4-5 in Orange Empire Conference play and 17-8 overall. The Pirates, who have won numerous close league games, are now 8-1 in conference and have an overall record of 17-7. The fast paced entertaining game featured 15 lead changes with both teams competing at a high level. A huge advantage for Orange Coast was their inside play as they scored 62 points inside the key. The Hawks had no answer for Joshua Davis as the 6'6 270 pound center powered his way to 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Pirates. Santiago Canyon was led in scoring by Rocket Henderson who finished with 32 points and Antoine Jenkins, who scored 23 of his 28 points after intermission, including a game tying layup with 3 seconds remaining to force overtime. In the 5 minute overtime, the Hawks scored first when
Henderson was fouled on a 3 point attempt. After making 1 of 3 from the foul line to go up 1, the rest of the extra session was all Orange Coast as they outscored Santiago Canyon 10-5 in overtime. This is only the second time all season the Hawks have lost consecutive games, a remarkable feat for a first year program. Coach Todd Dixon was disappointed with the result. "This was a tough one. We played much better in the second half but we didn't make enough plays on the defensive end and on the boards." This was the second overtime game the Hawks have played this year as they came out on the short end of a 90-87 double overtime loss to Riverside City College on January 3. Santiago Canyon will not play again until Friday when they host Cypress College. Game time is 5:00 p.m.
Game #24: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Opponent: Copper Mountain College Final Score: SCC 86 Copper Mountain 93
Both Santiago Canyon College and Copper Mountain College are new to the Orange Empire Conference this season. They have made arguably the best league in California even stronger with standout teams in their first year of competitive basketball. The 2 teams met for the second time on Wednesday in Joshua Tree and it was Copper Mountain who came away with a 93-86 victory. The Hawks won the earlier contest at Santiago Canyon on January 5 by a score of 103-96. Copper Mountain is now 5-3 in conference play and 18-7 overall while the Hawks fall to 4-4 and 17-7 overall. Tre'Von Bentley scored on an offensive rebound basket right before the halftime buzzer for the Fighting Cacti to make the score 48-45 in favor of Santiago
Canyon going into intermission. Copper Mountain was the aggressor most of the second half as they used their size advantage throughout the game to win the battle of the boards and capitalize on second chance opportunities. Copper Mountain leading scorer Murshid Randle scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, including 4 three point shots to give his team an 80-66 lead with 2:44 left to play. But Santiago Canyon, as they have done all season, kept battling and cut the lead to 89-84 with 56 seconds left in the game. Copper Mountain, however, took care of the ball and made their free throws down the stretch (12-13 in the second half) to come away with the win. The Fighting Cacti improved their perfect record at home to 8-0. The Hawks were led in scoring by Antoine Jenkins and Rocket Henderson. Jenkins had 31 including a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line. Henderson scored 26 on the evening with 5 three point shots. Santiago Canyon did connect on 14 three point field goals but it was not enough on this night. They will go at it again in Costa Mesa against league leading Orange Coast College. This will be a rematch of the January 10 contest in which Orange Coast gave the Hawks their only defeat at home in a 90-83 win for the Pirates. Game time is 7:00pm
Game #23: Game Summary - Friday, January 26, 2018
Opponent: Riverside City College Final Score: SCC 104 RCC 95
The Santiago Canyon College Basketball team exploded for 62 second half points on their way to a 104-95 victory over Riverside City College in an Orange Empire Conference game in Orange on Friday. The win gives the Hawks a 4-3 record in league play while they advance to 17-6 overall. Riverside City drops to 12-9 on the campaign and 3-4 in conference play. The 2 teams met earlier this month in the league opener for
both teams when the Tigers came out on top 90-87 in double overtime. This time it was the Hawks who were victorious. Riverside City led by a score of 45-42 at the half behind the play of Andre Wilson who poured in
18 of his team high 23 points in the first half. Santiago Canyon opened the second half on fire connecting on shots from inside and out while taking a lead they would never relinquish. Both teams put on a dazzling display of offensive basketball in this highly entertaining affair. Riverside City shot 47% from the field while the Hawks were at 53% for the game and a sizzling 62% field goal clip in the second half. Santiago Canyon was led in scoring
by Rocket Henderson and Antoine Jenkins who each had 30 points in the contest. Jenkins scored 26 of his 30 points on 11-16 shooting, including a huge 3 pointer with 1:38 left in the game to give the Hawks a 92-84 lead.
Myles Garvin, Xavier Preston, and Shaun Maeder all had strong games for Santiago Canyon. Garvin scored all 10 of his points in the second half. He hit a contested 3 point shot at the end of the shot clock with 2:23 left to play to give his team an 88-82 cushion. Preston contributed 9 points including 2 clutch free throws in the final minute and Maeder scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to keep the Hawks close. Henderson is definitely Santiago
Canyon's Mr. Reliable. As the only sophomore on this team, he led the Hawks again with 10 rebounds and did not commit a single turnover despite being hounded defensively by a host of Tigers. Coach Todd Dixon on his team's performance, "It was a great win. Riverside played very well and it took a great effort by our guys to come away with the win. Offensively, we made a lot of positive plays. To get 3 consecutive wins in this conference is quite an accomplishment." Santiago Canyon will be on the road for their next game as they take on Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This will be a rematch of a game on January 5,
when Santiago Canyon came out on top with a 103-96 victory.
Game #22: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Opponent: Santa Ana College Final Score: SCC 75 Santa Ana 61
The Santiago Canyon College Hawks evened their conference record at 3-3 on Wednesday, as they came away with a convincing 75-61 victory over the Santa Ana Dons in Orange. Santiago Canyon improved their overall record to an impressive 16-6 while the Dons fell to 1-5 in Orange Empire Conference play and 8-11 overall. The Hawks found themselves trailing 27-22 with 2:14 left in the first half when Santa Ana called a surprising timeout after a field goal gave them what would be their largest lead of the game. Santiago Canyon regrouped during the timeout and finished the half on a 7-0 run to take a 2 point advantage into the locker room at the break. It was a sluggish first half performance by Santiago Canyon up until their late run as they shot an uncharacteristically low 37% from the field and 25% from 3 point range. Rocket Henderson could not be blamed for the cold shooting as he drained 5 of his 9 shot attempts to lead the Hawks with 14 first half points. Santa Ana forward Deontre Johnlouis Jr. led the Dons, who shot 32 % in the half, with 10 points. The second half opened with a couple Santiago Canyon turnovers as the Dons tied the score early on in the half. Coach Todd Dixon was not pleased
as he called a quick 30 second timeout. After a not so gentle reminder of the second half game plan, the Hawks caught fire. The Hawks were again led by conference leading scorer Henderson who poured in 21 second half points and broke the game open by hitting 8 of 13 field goals in the half including 5 three pointers on his way to 35 points. AJ Garrity shot the ball much better in the second half as he connected on 3 out of his 5 attempts
from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points. Troy Recktenwald came off the bench to give the Hawks a spark knocking down 3 of 4 shots and also supplying good defense. Santiago Canyon stretched their lead to 23 points with 6:55 to go and pretty much had the game in control the rest of the way. The Hawks shot 57% in the second half and 47% for the game. For the second consecutive game, Santiago Canyon held their opponent under 40%
shooting from the field as Santa Ana shot 37% for the game. Their leading scorer, Cameron High was limited to 5 points on 1-7 shooting. High entered the game averaging 17 points a game. The Hawks are back in action Friday at home against Riverside City College. The 2 teams met in the league opener in Riverside on January 3 in which the Tigers came away with a 90-87 victory in double overtime. Both teams enter the contest at 3-3 in Orange
Empire Conference play. Game time is 5:00 p.m.
Game #21: Game Summary - Friday, January 19, 2018
Opponent: Fullerton College Score: SCC 70 Fullerton 69
Santiago Canyon College welcomed first place Fullerton College to Santiago Canyon on Friday in an Orange Empire Conference game and it was the Hawks who came away with a thrilling 70-69 victory. The game featured the 6th ranked team in Southern California (Fullerton) against the 11th ranked Hawks. Santiago Canyon is now 15 and 6 this season and 2-3 in league play while Fullerton drops to 15-6 and 4-2. The Hawks were led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore Rocket Henderson who tallied 37 points to go along with a game high 9 rebounds. Henderson, who came into the contest averaging 25.6 points a game, connected on 7 of 12 shots from beyond the arc despite being pressured constantly by the athletic Hornets. Santiago Canyon led by a score of 38-34 at the half and stretched the lead to 13 early in the second half. But Fullerton came back behind the outside shooting of Nigel Carter who led the Hornets in scoring with 18 points while connecting on 6 three point shots. The Hawks had just enough down the stretch to stay ahead by the narrowest of margins as they never relinquished the lead. After Henderson converted 2 clutch free throws to give the Hawks a 70-67 lead with 26 seconds left to play, Fullerton guard Jason Richardson scored on a driving layup to cut the lead to 1. After a Hawk turnover, Fullerton had an opportunity for the win but a 10 foot jumper went in and then out. The ball was knocked out of bounds by the Hornets and Santiago Canyon had the victory in hand. The Hawks played great defense all night holding the Hornets to 38% shooting from the field while outrebounding Fullerton 34-29. Santiago Canyon shot 47% from the field including a scintillating 14-28 from three point range. Henderson scored 22 of his 37 points in the second half, but had plenty of help. AJ Garrity scored 16 points, going 4 of 8 from 3 point range while guard Marcus Swain was solid again with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and heady all around play before fouling out. Coach Todd Dixon was pleased with the outcome. "I thought our guys really competed and played well tonight. After a tough 2 point loss to Saddleback on Wednesday, our team showed a lot of grit and I am happy for them." Santiago Canyon is back in action on Wednesday at home against Santa Ana College. Tipoff is 5:00 p.m.
Game #20: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Opponent: Saddleback College Score: SCC 66 Saddleback 68
UPDATE: Saddleback College has forfeited this victory due to CCCAA Rules Violations
Santiago Canyon College came up just a little short last night in their Orange Empire Conference game with perennial power Saddleback last night falling to the Gauchos 68-66 in Mission Viejo. The Hawks opened the game on fire taking a 12-3 lead by knocking down their first 4 shots from beyond the arc. They later equalled the 9 point advantage when Rocket Henderson scored to give Santiago canyon a 17-8 lead with 13:46 remaining in the first half. The taller and athletic Gauchos fought back behind the strong play of guard Isaiah Brooks to take a 34-28 halftime lead. Saddleback had no answer for Henderson who torched the nets for 16 first half points including 3 of 4 from 3 point range. The second half began the same way as the opening half, as Santiago Canyon came out red hot. The Hawks scored the first 10 points of the half in regaining the lead at 38-34 with 17:17 remaining. Saddleback fought back again behind Brooks who buried a 3 pointer and 2 free throws late in the game to give the Gauchos a 64-58 advantage with 41 seconds left. The Hawks would not go quietly as guard Marcus Swain (season high 12 points) nailed a 3 pointer with 26 seconds remaining. The Gauchos hit 1 of 2 free throws to extend the lead to 4 before AJ Garrity of the Hawks was fouled on a 3 point attempt. Garrity buried all 3 free throws as the lead dropped to 1 with 7 seconds remaining. Santiago Canyon fouled Brooks who made 1 of 2 free throws, giving the Hawks an opportunity to win the game. The Hawks raced down the court quickly but dribbled into a crowd and were unable to get off a shot attempt before the final buzzer. Henderson finished with a game high of 29 points, connecting on 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Brooks (averaging 5 points a game on the season) led Saddleback with a season high of 24 points. The loss leaves the Hawks at 14-6 overall and 1-3 in the Orange Empire Conference. Santiago Canyon will now play their next 3 games at home beginning Friday with Fullerton College (15-5 / 3-1 ). Game time is 5:00 p.m.
SCC vs. Saddleback Game Highlights
Game #19: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Opponent: Orange Coast College Final Score: SCC 83 OCC 90
Orange Coast College and Santiago Canyon College both entered Wednesday night's contest at 1-1 in Orange Empire Conference play and it was the Pirates who came with the victory, defeating the Hawks 90-83 at Santiago Canyon. Orange Coast is now 10-7 overall while the Hawks fall to 14-5. The Pirates were led by their 3 leading scorers on the season. Kupaa Harrison, Lloyd Wright, and Joshua Davis combined for 40 second half points and 59 overall as Orange Coast took advantage of 22 Santiago Canyon turnovers. The Hawks were led in scoring by Shaun Maeder (27 points on 7-8 3 point shots) and Rocket Henderson who scored 25 points. Santiago Canyon led most of the first half and took a 39-34 lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half was a close battle throughout as both teams competed for their second league victory. When Maeder hit the last of his 7 3 pointers to trim the defecit to 1 with 2:13 to play , the Hawks had hope but it was too much Orange Coast down the stretch and the Hawks could get no closer. Orange Coast shot 54% for the game while Santiago Canyon shot at a 48% clip including 15-34 (44% from 3 point land). The difference may have been points off of turnovers as Orange Coast scored 24 points off of Santiago Canyon's 22 turnovers while the Hawks managed to score 15 points off of the Pirates 19 miscues. The Hawks are off until next Wednesday when they take on the Saddleback Gauchos. The 2 teams met earlier this season with the Hawks coming away with a 79-77 win in the Palomar Tournament on November 26. The upcoming contest will be on the road in Missio Viejo at 5:00 p.m. Saddleback defeated Fullerton College 62-61 on Wednesday and are the only undefeated team in conference play. Next home game for Santiago Canyon will be on Friday, January 19 when the Hawks host the Fullerton College Hornets. Game time 5:00 p.m.
Game #18: Game Summary - Friday, January 5, 2018
Opponent: Copper Mountain Final Score: SCC 103 Copper Mountain 96
In a highly entertaining game on Friday, Santiago Canyon came away with a hard earned 103-96 victory over Copper Mountain College in Orange. Copper Mountain, like Santiago Canyon College, is competing in collegiate basketball for the first time and both teams are making the always competitive Orange Empire Conference even tougher. With the win, the Hawks are now 1-1 in league play and 14-4 overall while the Fighting Cacti (Yes, the Fighting Cacti) fall to 1-1 and 14-5 on the season. Rocket Henderson led the way for the Hawks with a career high of 44 points. Despite sitting out much of the first half after receiving his second personal foul, Henderson scored from all over the floor, knocking down 5 of 7 from 3 point land, connecting on 17 of 21 free throws, and
displaying a post-up and mid range game that delighted the home town fans and had the Copper Mountain players and coaches shaking their heads. Copper Mountain raced to a 12-5 lead to open the game forcing Hawk coach Todd Dixon to call an early timeout. The loud and perhaps over confident Fighting Cacti raced to their bench during the timeout but the Hawks showed poise and discipline throughout the contest and led at halftime by a score of 55-53 behind the scoring of Henderson and AJ Garrity, who had 15 at the break draining all 4 of his 3 point shots. Both teams shot a sizzling 58% from the field in the first half. Santiago Canyon began to pull away midway through the second half and led by as many as 11 but Copper Mountain battled back with a balanced array of scoring. They had 6 players score in double figures led by Jailen Moore's 18 points. Henderson was brilliant all night but he had plenty of help. Garrity continued his torrid shooting and finished with 20 points before fouling out with under a minute to play. Myles Garvin was a presence inside and out all game as he finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Travis Kettering was solid with 4 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Troy Recktenwald gave the Hawks a huge lift off the bench with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Copper Mountain cut the lead down to 2 points with 4 minutes left but the Hawks continued to answer with big baskets down the stretch and never relinquished the lead. With under a minute to play, Henderson secured a defensive rebound and a personal foul and a technical foul was called against Copper Mountain. The Fighting Cacti then seemed to lose their fight as the Hawks came away with the victory. Santiago Canyon shot 53% for the game from the field while Copper Mountain shot 54%. The Hawks were a sizzling 14-28 from 3 point land. Coach Dixon commented on his team's win, "I thought our guys played very well tonight and we needed that type of performance to come away with the win. After a tough double overtime loss on Wednesday to Riverside, we had a lot of fight and energy tonight. Rocket was sensational, but a lot of guys stepped up and battled". The Hawks play next at home on Wednesday against the Orange Coast Pirates. Orange Coast is 1-1 in conference play following an 84-82 double overtime win on Friday against Cypress College. Game time is 5:00pm.
Game #17: Game Summary - Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Opponent: Riverside City College Final Score: SCC 87 RCC 90 (2OT)
After an extensive layoff, Santiago Canyon opened conference play at Rverside City College on Wednesday and came oh so close to earning their first league victory, falling 90-87 in double overtime to the Tigers. Riverside is now 10-5 overall on the season while the Hawks are now 13-4. Santiago Canyon led at the half by a score of 33-30 behind 15 points from A.J. Garrity who connected on 5 three point baskets in the first half. The second half was close the entire way with no team building more than a 6 point lead. With the game tied and the clock winding down, Riverside guard Rico Tate was fouled with 3 seconds to go and was awarded 2 shots. After missing the first free throw, Coach Todd Dixon elected to use his final timeout. Tate missed the second free throw and Rocket Henderson secured the rebound for the Hawks to force overtime. In the 5 minute overtime, the Hawks raced to a 4 point lead behind 2 straight baskets by Henderson, who finished with a game high 32 points. Riverside battled back to tie the game and the Hawks had a chance to win it at the buzzer but Henderson's 30 footer glanced off the back rim. In the second overtime it was Riverside who raced to a 6 point advantage but Garrity, who finished with a season high 30 points on 8 three pointers, scored on a reverse layup and Shaun Maeder drilled a 3 pointer to trim the lead to 87-86. After a defensive stop by the Hawks, Henderson was fouled with 10 seconds remaining. Henderson made the first, but missed the second free throw. Riverside got the rebound and Brae Ivey sank a three pointer with 4 seconds left for the victory. Ivey, who was a high school teammate of Santiago Canyon's A.J. Garrity at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, led the Tigers with 32 points. The Hawks shot 43% from the field, including 16-34 from 3 point range. This was the first game for the Hawks since they defeated College Of The Desert 87-77 on December 16. Santiago Canyon will play at home on Friday as they take on Copper Mountain College from Joshua Tree on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Copper Mountain, like Santiago Canyon, is in their first year of community college basketball. They have a record of 14-4 and defeated Cypress College on Wednesday in their Orange Empire debut. Coach Todd Dixon was disappointed in the outcome but pleased with his team's effort on Wednesday. "It was a great basketball game that obviously could have gone either way. Our guys really battled. We will have a light practice on Thursday and get ready for our league home opener against a very good opponent."
Game #16: Game Summary - Saturday, December 16, 2017
Opponent: College of the Desert Final Score: SCC 87 College of the Desert 77
Santiago Canyon wrapped up the non-conference schedule with a victory on the road against College of the Canyons. The final score was 87-77. The Hawks started slow and were down by six points at halftime, 29-35. SCC battled back in the second half with an offensive outburst that resulted in 58 points scored. Rocket Henderson lead SCC in scoring with 30 points and was an impressive 11 for 12 from the free throw line. He also added 15 rebounds. Antoine Jenkins tallied 28 minutes despite playing with foul trouble most of the game. Travis Kettering sparked the Hawks with 7 assists and a steal in 24 minutes of playing time. Xavier Preston added 7 points while being perfect from the field and free throw line. The Roadrunners were lead in scoring by Philippe Salawa who scored a game high 31 points. Santiago Canyon finishes 2017 with a record of 13-3. SCC's next game is the Orange Empire Conference opener on the road at Riverside City College. Game time is 5pm.
SCC vs. College of the Desert Box Score
SCC vs. College of the Desert Game Highlights
Game #15: Game Summary - Thursday, December 14, 2017
Opponent: Cuyamaca Final Score: SCC 114 Cuyamaca 49
Santiago Canyon College improved their record to 12-3 with a convincing win against winless Cuyamaca (0-10) on Thursday night by a score of 114-49. Not surprisingly, the 65 point win at home was the largest margin of victory this season for the Hawks. Every Santiago Canyon player who entered the game scored with 5 players in double figures. Rocket Henderson had a game high 19 points for the Hawks and was the only starter to finish with double digit points as Coach Todd Dixon subbed in players early and often. Shaun Maeder scored 18 points, knocking down 6 out of 7 3-point shots. Jacob Garcia played very well for the Hawks as he also scored 18 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Marcus Swain and Troy Recktenwald each contributed 13 points as well. The Hawks led from the outset and cruised to a 58-25 halftime lead as their pressure defense forced numerous turnovers from the Coyotes out of El Cajon. Santiago Canyon did not press in the second half and their starters played limited minutes after halftime but the Hawks shot a sizzling 72% from the field in the 2nd half knocking down 21 of their 29 shots. Santiago Canyon connected on 18 of 34 3-point shots for the game. Henderson, who grabbed a game high 13 rebounds was pleased with his team's effort. "It was a great team win. We played with a lot of spirit and energy and it was great to see everyone play and play well. We had a lot of passion tonight". The Hawks play their final game of 2017 on Saturday evening in Palm Desert against College Of The Desert at 7:00 p.m. Conference play will then begin on January 3 when Santiago Canyon opens league play at Riverside.
Game #14: Game Summary - Friday, December 8, 2017
Opponent: Southwestern Final Score: SCC 79 Southwestern 75
The Santiago Canyon College Basketball Team played a home game for the first time in over a month yesterday and came away with a victory over Southwestern College of Chula Vista by a score of 79-75. The Hawks are now 11-3 this season. The athletic Jaguars led most of the way in this contest as they built an early 14 point lead before Santiago Canyon rallied and cut the defecit to 4 at half. Southwestern kept applying the pressure in the second half as they pressed Santiago Canyon defensively for most of the game. The Jaguars were led by point guard Quincy Ferebee who scored 22 points. The Hawks battled back in the second half, finally grabbing the lead with 7:23 left to play on a 3 point basket by Rocket Henderson. Southwestern would not go away as they came right back to go back on top, but the Hawks had several players come through in the last 5 minutes. A.J. Garrity (15 points on 5 3-pointers) hit 2 huge 3-point shots. Kamron Fleming (10 points and 6 rebounds) slashed his way to the basket. Henderson (20 points on 3 of 6 3-point shots) scored on the fast break and guard Antoine Jenkins , who led the Hawks with 22 points, sealed the victory with 4 clutch free throws in the last minute. Coach Todd Dixon was pleased to come away with the win, "We'll take it. That was a battle tonight. I thought Southwestern played very well and was proud of how we responded after the early defecit. It is the second game in a row where we have had a slow start which is a little concerning. Hopefully, we can get that turned around on Thursday." Santiago Canyon is off until Thursday, December 14th when they host Cuyamaca College of San Diego. The contest starts at 5:00 p.m.
SCC vs. Southwestern Box Score
SCC vs. Southwestern Game Highlights
Game #13: Game Summary - Saturday, December 2, 2017
Opponent: Bakersfield Final Score: SCC 91 Bakersfield 99
The Santiago Canyon College Basketball Team scored 91 points on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Bakersfield Renegades 99-91 at the Mt. San Jacinto Tournament in Hemet. The Hawks found themselves down from the outset as they got off to a sluggish start while Bakersfield came out of the gate on fire. Trailing by as much as 14 points in the first half, Santiago Canyon kept chipping away and when Shawn Maeder drilled a 3 pointer with 8 seconds remaining in the half, the Hawks found themselves only down by 4 at the half. The second half saw several lead changes as the two evenly matched teams put on an impressive offensive show. With 4:36 left to play in the contest, the shot clock malfunctioned and could not be repaired delaying the game for several minutes. When play resumed a clock operator was forced to call out loud the last 10 seconds of the shot clock. Rocket Henderson, who finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds converted on a 4-point play to give the Hawks the lead at 84-83 with 3:29 to play. Unfortunately, this was their last lead as Bakersfield connected down the stretch while the Hawks cooled. The game was a rematch as both teams sqared off at Santa Ana College on November 4, a game in which Santiago Canyon won by a score of 102-85. All 5 of Bakersfield's starters finished in double figures while the Hawks were led by Henderson's 32 and Antoine Jenkins' 31 points to go along with 9 assists. Myles Garvin added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Santiago Canyon is now 10-3 on the season while Bakersfield improved to 6-4. The Renegades shot a sizzling 55% from the field while the Hawks shot 42%. Coach Todd Dixon gave full credit to the worthy opponent. "I thought Bakersfield played great and deserved to win today. They broke out to an early lead and I thought we used up a lot of energy working our way back in the game. Our guys competed but Bakersfield executed and made their shots down the stretch. We are looking
forward to playing at home our next two games." The Hawks play next at home on Friday against Southwestern College of San Diego. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come out and support this exciting team.
Game #12: Game Summary - Friday, December 1, 2017
Opponent: College of the Canyons Final Score: SCC 73 College of the Canyons 65
The Santiago Canyon College Basketball Team overcame a poor shooting performance and did just enough to defeat College Of The Canyons in the second round of the Mt. San Jacinto Tournament in Hemet by the score of 73-65. The Hawks advance to 10-2 on the season while College of the Canyons falls to 4-6. Santiago Canyon struggled to put the ball in the basket from the field shooting at a 33% clip from the field while sinking only 6-28 three-point shots. The Cougars from College of The Canyons shot 50% from the field and 46% from beyond the arch and out rebounded the Hawks 40-26. So how did Santiago Canyon come away with the victory ? They were able to force 30 turnovers compared to only committing 12, and they were a scintillating 29-34 for 85% from the free throw line compared to only 9-17 for the Cougars. Kamron Fleming made all 8 of his free throws on his way to 12 points. Rocket Henderson added 12 points for the Hawks and led the team in rebounding again with 10 boards, but it was point guard Antoine Jenkins who scorched the Cougars for 30 points, while connecting on 11-12 from the charity stripe. Coach Todd Dixon was more relieved than pleased after the hard fought game. "Obviously, we didn't shoot the ball from the field very well today but I know we are a good shooting team. We only had 9 assists as a team and we should have more than that. If we share the ball on offense, our assists will
go up. Also we have to do a much better job on the boards." Santiago Canyon will play once more in the tournament on Saturday as they take on the Bakersfield College Renegades. It will be a rematch of their November 4th contest in which the Hawks came away with a 102-85 victory. Game time is 11:00 a.m.
SCC vs. College of the Canyons Game Highlights
Game #11: Game Summary - Thursday, November 30, 2017
Opponent: Mt. San Jacinto Final Score: SCC 86 Mt. San Jacinto 89
Santiago Canyon College lost a close one last night falling to tournament host Mt. San Jacinto College 89-86 in front of a raucous crowd. The Hawks were trailing 86-82 with 13 seconds left on the game clock when guard Antoine Jenkins drove through the lane and cut the lead to 2 on a twisting layup. Santiago Canyon then forced a turnover and got the ball back. Jenkins was fouled going to the basket and calmly sank both free throws to tie the score with 3 seconds left. Mt. San Jacinto quickly inbounded the ball and guard David Thompson drained a 35 footer as time expired. The win dropped the Hawks to 9-2 this season while the Eagles improved to 4-6. This was a difficult loss to digest for Santiago Canyon as they led from the start until the final 90 seconds of the game, leading by as much as 37-15 on their way to a 51-37 halftime advantage. The Hawks maintained their double digit lead until the 6 minute mark when Mt. San Jacinto made their move. The Eagles rode the hot hand of their leading scorer Davon Sanders who scored 33 points (6-8 from 3 point land ) and had 12 rebounds. Santiago Canyon shot 50% from the 3 point line for the game draining 14 of 28 shots. However, they did cool in the second half as they connected only at a 29% clip overall from the field after halftime. Mt. San Jacinto won the rebound battle 40-37 while both teams committed 17 turnovers. Rocket Henderson led the Hawks in scoring and rebounding with 29 and 10. Jenkins was next with 24 while A.J. Garrity and Kamron Fleming added 15 and 10 respectively. This is the third tournament in 3 consecutive weeks for Santiago Canyon as they play again this afternoon against College of The Canyons. Game time is 3:00 p.m. The Hawks hope to get back to their winning ways today. College of The Canyons is 4-5 so far this season.
SCC vs. Mt. San Jacinto Box Score
SCC vs. Mt. San Jacinto Game Highlights
Game #10: Game Summary - Sunday, November 26, 2017
Opponent: Saddleback Final Score: SCC 79 Saddleback 77
Santiago Canyon College returned to their winning ways by capturing a victory on Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion with a 79-77 victory over Saddleback College in the 3rd place game of the Palomar College Thanksgiving Tournament. With the game on the line, guard Antoine Jenkins patiently let the game clock wind down to almost zero before scoring himself on a driving layup with 1.5 seconds left in the game to secure the win against perennial Orange Empire Conference power, Saddleback. Jenkins led the way for the Hawks with 27 points, who were forced to play most of the game without tournament leading scorer Rocket Henderson who injured his ribs early in the contest and was not able to play in the second half. Santiago Canyon (9-1) rebounded nicely after their first loss of the season on Saturday to defending state champion San Diego City College. With the loss, Saddleback falls to 5-4. San Diego City defeated Miramar College of San Diego to capture the 13th Annual Palomar Tournament. Jenkins had plenty of help from his teammates, as Myles Garvin scored 15 points and battled defensively against the much taller Gaucho big men. A.J. Garrity and Kamron Fleming each scored 13 points for the Hawks, and Shaun Maeder came off the bench to hit 2 crucial 3 pointers in the second half for Santiago Canyon. The Hawks took a 4-point lead into the locker room at halftime and then stretched their lead to 11 with 6:38 left to play before Saddleback made their comeback. The Gauchos erased the 11-point lead and had the ball with 45 seconds left to play in a tie game. The Hawks defense stiffened and forced a difficult Saddleback field goal attempt that missed. Garvin secured the rebound and passed to Jenkins and coach
Todd Dixon elected not to call timeout which set the stage for Jenkins. "We didn't call a timeout at the end because we did not want Saddleback to set up or change their defense. Antoine is like a coach on the floor and I trust him to make the right decision. He made a great play. It was a terrific win against a very good team." For his efforts in the 3 games, Jenkins was named to the all-tournament team. The Hawks will be back in action on Thursday as they travel to Hemet to take on host school, Mt. San Jacinto, in the Mt. San Jacinto Tournament.
Game #9: Game Summary - Saturday, November 25, 2017
Opponent: San Diego City Final Score: SCC 86 SD City 96
The Santiago Canyon Basketball team fought hard for 40 minutes last night but dropped their first game of the season falling to the reigning state champions, San Diego City College, 96-86 in the semi-finals of the Palomar College Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday evening. The Hawks are now 8-1 this year, while the Knights are 9-2. Santiago Canyon trailed at the half by a score of 46-40. Rocket Henderson scored 19 of his game high 36 points in the first half to keep Santiago Canyon close in a hotly contested affair. The Hawks caught and actually led the contest 64-58 in the second half before San Diego City took the lead for good behind the play of guard Wonder Smith who scored 21 of his team high 25 points in the second half. Kamron Fleming had a strong offensive output scoring 19 points while Antoine Jenkins and A.J. Garrity scored 11 and 10 respectively. 3 point shooting kept the Hawks in this one as they connected on 13-23 from beyond the arch. Henderson made 6-7 3 pointers while Garrity was 3-5. San Diego City won the battle of the boards out rebounding the Hawks 49-29. Henderson led Santiago Canyon with 12 rebounds. The Hawks will play again today (Sunday) at 3:00 p.m. against Saddleback College in the 3rd place game of the tournament. This game will be a preview of an Orange Empire Conference game that will be played on January 17 at Saddleback College. San Diego City College will take on San Diego Miramar College in the championship game. "We battled, but you have to give San Diego City credit," said coach Todd Dixon. "It was a highly competitive game. Teams have recognized our hot start to the season so we will not be sneaking up on anyone. Obviously, Rocket was really good offensively but I'm really impressed how he has been rebounding". The Hawks will need Henderson and all his teammates to rebound against the tall and talented Gauchos who feature 5 players 6'6'' or taller. Saddleback is 5-3 so far this season.
Game #8: Game Summary - Friday, November 24, 2017
Opponent: Palomar Final Score: SCC 85 Palomar 74
Santiago Canyon extended their winning streak to 8 to start the season with a come from behind 85-74 victory over Palomar College in the first round of the 13th Annual Palomar College Thanksgiving Tournament. It was the second consecutive week that the Hawks have defeated the tournament host school, sending the home squad to the consolation side of the bracket. Last week Santiago Canyon took care of Pasadena City College in the opener of Pasadena's tourney on their way to the tournament championship. Against Palomar, the Hawks found themselves trailing by 12 at halftime as the Comets, now 3-2 this season, pounded the ball inside for easy baskets before getting hot from the outside to finish the half with a 45-33 lead. But these Hawks don't panic. The full court press of Santiago Canyon smothered Palomar in the second half as the Hawks created multiple turnovers in the backcourt that turned into easy layups. Palomar was forced to call a timeout to try and stop the momentum but the enthusiasm of the Hawk bench, along with the supporters in the stands, made it sound like a Santiago Canyon home game! The Hawks took a one point lead at 49-48 with 16 :12 left in the game and it was close until the final minutes before the Comets had to foul in desperation. Rocket Henderson scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Santiago Canyon. He was 15-19 from the free throw line. Point guard Antoine Jenkins scored 24 points and added 4 assists and 4 crucial steals for the Hawks. Also in double figures for Santiago Canyon was A.J. Garrity with 11 and Myles Garvin with 10. Coach Todd Dixon is happy to advance to the second round. "This was a great road win against a very good Palomar team. We dug ourselves into a hole in the first half, but we played much better with excellent focus in the second half." The Hawks shot 50% from the field in the second half after shooting 34% in the first half. Santiago Canyon was 31-44 from the free throw line compared to Palomar going 20-26 from the charity stripe. The Hawks connected on 8-24 3 point shots. Tonight's semi-final opponent will be defending state champion San Diego City College. The Knights come into the contest at 8-2 after their close victory against Orange Coast College. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
The Massey Ratings and Coaches' Poll have been released. This week the Hawks are ranked #2 in the Massey Rating. SCC is one of two undefeated teams in Southern California. The second CCCMBCA Poll is out, and SCC is ranked #4 in the state and #2 in Southern California. Below are the links to the rankings and polls:
CCCMBCA Poll - November 20
Game #7: Game Summary - Saturday, November 18, 2017
Opponent: El Camino Final Score: SCC 108 El Camino 87
Everyone that is connected to the Men's Basketball program at Santiago Canyon College has much to be thankful for heading into this week of Thanksgiving. Santiago Canyon, in their 1st year of competitive basketball at the school, are doing much more than just competing. They are winning. The Hawks headed back to Orange Saturday evening with a trophy, a tournament championship, and a lot of confidence defeating the El Camino College Warriors 108-97 in the championship game of the Pasadena City College Tournament. Santiago Canyon remains undefeated at 7-0 while El Camino drops to 2-4. The final was a rematch of an earlier contest between the 2 teams on November 3 in which the Hawks won 138-125 at Santa Ana College. Kamron Fleming stepped up in a big way yesterday for the Hawks. He had a game high 30 points and he showed off his versatility by scoring in different ways. He was 3-6 from 3 point land, scored on many driving lay-ups, and mid range jump shots. Shaun Maeder was also quite efficient yesterday, scoring 16 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, with 3 assists and not commiting a turnover against relentless pressure by the Warriors. Travis Kettering played a solid game before fouling out late in the game. He also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists to go along with superb ball handling and defense. Rocket Henderson scored 16 points and led the Hawks in rebounding for the third straight game with 13. Point guard Antoine Jenkins was hounded all game by El Camino but still managed to provide 22 points, 6 assists and a lot of leadership to his teammates. For his efforts, Antoine was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament. "Today's win was a hard fought game", said a tired, but happy Jenkins after the contest. We won it on the defensive end. It's exciting to be 7-0 and we have a bright future if we all keep working hard." El Camino was led in scoring by all tournament selection Troy Biglow with 17 points. Coach Todd Dixon was obviously pleased with the victory, "I'm extremely proud of the effort of our team. Our guys are coachable and want to improve. It was great to see Kam, Sean, and Travis play so well today off the bench. It seemed they had fresh legs and a lot of energy." The Hawks play next on Friday as they travel south toward San Diego in the Palomar Tournament. Games will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Santiago Canyon will play host Palomar on Friday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m.
SCC vs. El Camino Game Highlights
Game #6: Game Summary - Friday, November 17, 2017
Opponent: LA Southwest Final Score: SCC 87 LA Southwest 73
Santiago Canyon has advanced to the championship game of the Pasadena City College Basketball tournament with a convincing 87-73 victory over L.A. Southwest College in Pasadena on Friday evening. The Hawks are now 6-0 this season while L.A. Southwest drops to 1-3. Santiago Canyon held a six point halftime lead of 46-40 as L.A. Southwest battled back from an early deficit. The game featured two ultra quick point guards who
entertained the crowd with their efficient play. 5'10' guard Antoine Jenkins led Santiago Canyon with 26 points and 7 assists on 10-18 shooting, while 5'7" Deric Daniels had a team high 19 points on 8-13 shooting, including 3-4 from 3-point land for L.A. Southwest. Rocket Henderson scored 20 points and led the Hawks in rebounding again with 8. A.J. Garrity contributed 9 points and 5 rebounds for the Hawks, while Xavier Preston filled up the stat sheet with 8 points on 4 of 5 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a game high 4 steals. Coach Todd Dixon was fairly pleased with the results. "We played well in spurts. I thought we were crisp early in the game and really were executing well. The last 6 minutes of the half we relaxed a little and L.A. Southwest took advantage and gained confidence. We adjusted defensively in the second half and shared the ball better on offense." The Hawks shot 46% from the field connecting on twelve 3 pointers after struggling from beyond the arc on Thursday. Santiago Canyon made 13 of 17 free throws in the game compared to L.A. Southwest going 7-13 from the charity stripe. The Hawks were out rebounded 45-41 but still came away with a relatively easy victory. The team will face a familiar foe in today's championship game. Fast paced El Camino College will be the opponent and it will be a rematch of an earlier contest. Santiago Canyon was victorious when the two teams met on November 3, coming away with a 138-125 win at Santa Ana College. El Camino runs and presses the entire game, shuffling players in and out at a breakneck pace. The Hawks showed they can succeed at that style of play earlier but El Camino will be out for revenge. It promises to be an outstanding, entertaining championship game. Game time is 3:00 p.m. at Pasadena City College.
Game #5: Game Summary - Thursday, November 16, 2017
Opponent: Pasadena City College Final Score: SCC 73 PCC 67
Santiago Canyon went on the road to Pasadena yesterday and came away with a 73-67 victory over the Pasadena City Lancers in a first round game of the Skip Robinson Pasadena City Tournament. Robinson, a long time successful football coach and Athletic Director at Pasadena, was honored for his accomplishments prior to tip off and the home crowd was in a festive mood. Santiago Canyon, however, had winning on their minds as they played just well enough to win their fifth straight game to open their season. Pasadena fell to 1-3 . Point guard Antoine Jenkins continued his exceptional play, leading the Hawks with 26 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals. He also contributed 5 rebounds including 2 offensive rebound put-back baskets. Rocket Henderson added a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kamron Fleming was the third Santiago Canyon player in double figures scoring 12 big points off the bench. The Hawks won this game despite shooting 41% from the field and 10% from 3 point land, connecting on only 2 of 20 from beyond the arc. Santiago Canyon was out rebounded 58 to 43 by the athletic Lancers. The Hawks connected on 23 of 37 charity offerings while Pasadena City went 5 of 11 from the line. Santiago Canyon also stepped up their defense limiting the Lancers to 33% shooting for the game. Pasadena City College center, Joe Hampton, came into the contest averaging 24 points a contest. He is 6'8, 250 pounds, and played in high school at perennial power Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He only scored 7 before fouling out against a stifling Hawks defense. "I liked our grit tonight," commented coach Todd Dixon. "It wasn't very pretty at times, but our guys battled especially defensively against a very athletic team. At halftime Coach McCanna (assistant coach Tom McCanna) challenged our players to be tougher in the second half and they responded." Santiago Canyon advances to the semi finals tonight against a very good L.A. Southwest team. L.A. Southwest is 1-1 so far this season. Santiago Canyon is now 5-0. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Pasadena City College.
SCC vs. Pasadena City Game Highlights
SCC vs. Pasadena City College Box Score
Santiago Canyon College Men's Basketball earns the #1 ranking in the Massey Rankings after the first two weeks of the season. Five of the top eight spots are occupied by colleges in the Orange Empire Conference. It's early in the season with many games to be played, but that's quite an accomplishment to start the season!! Click below to see the rankings.
California Junior College Massey Rankings
Game #4: Game Summary – Saturday, November 11, 2017
Opponent: L.A. Pierce College Final Score: SCC 86 LA Pierce 68
The Santiago Canyon College Basketball team continued their strong start with an 86 to 68 victory over Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills on Saturday. The Hawks are now 4-0 on the campaign while Pierce drops to 0-1. It was a close battle midway through the first half as Pierce stayed close thanks to their offensive rebounding, but Santiago Canyon separated themselves scoring both in transition and from their half-court offense. The Hawks took a 44-33 lead into the locker room led by point guard Antoine Jenkins who scored 20. The second half was more of the same as Pierce was never able to cut too much into the lead. Jenkins had plenty of scoring help in the second half. Kamron Fleming finished with 15 points, Myles Garvin and Xavier Preston added 12 points apiece and Rocket Henderson chipped in with 8. Jenkins led all scorers with 28. Coach Todd Dixon was pleased with the results."It was a solid team effort this afternoon. Although I didn't think we were clicking on all cylinders today offensively, it was great to see five players score in double figures. We have a lot of depth on this team and it showed today." Santiago Canyon will hope to continue their early season success as they travel to Pasadena on Thursday, playing host team Pasadena City College in the Pasadena City College Tournament. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
SCC vs. L.A. Pierce Game Highlights
Box Score vs. L.A Pierce College
|Thursday, 11/16/17||Pasadena City College||Pasadena City College||7:00pm|
|Friday, 11/17/17||TBA||Pasadena City College||TBA|
|Saturday, 11/18/17||TBA||Pasadena City College||TBA|
Game #3: Game Summary, Saturday, November 4, 2017
Opponent: #14 Bakersfield Final Score: SCC 102 Bakersfield 85
On Saturday, Santiago Canyon completed their tournament with an exciting 102-85 victory over Bakersfield College at Santa Ana College. The Hawks are now 3-0, and have scored at least 100 points in all three of their games! Bakersfield College, ranked #14 in Southern California, saw their record dip to 2-1. Santiago Canyon entered this tournament unknown and unranked but that will soon change with victories over Long Beach City, El Camino, and Bakersfield. The Hawks led from start to finish in this 12 noon start after a grueling late night contest vs. El Camino late Friday night. Antoine Jenkins led Santiago Canyon with 38 points, 34 of them coming in the second half. Jenkins finished making 11 of 18 field goals, scoring 6 out of 11 from three point land, and connecting on 10 of 11 free throws. Rocket Henderson scored 25 points and led the Hawks in rebounding with 8. AJ Garrity was the only other Hawk in double figures with 15 points on 4 three pointers. Shaun Maeder had his best game of the year providing 7 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. Santiago Canyon shot the ball well from deep going 16 of 35 for 46%. Jamar Hammond of Bakersfield had himself a game with 39 points and 12 rebounds. "I loved our energy throughout the game", commented Coach Todd Dixon. "Winning all three games against good competition should give us confidence as a team going forward. Our guys battle and really encourage each other." The Hawks will be back in action next Saturday with a road game at Los Angeles Pierce College. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m.
SCC vs. Bakersfield Game Highlights
SCC vs. Bakersfield Box Score
Game #2: Game Summary, Friday, November 3, 2017
Opponent: El Camino College Final Score: SCC 138 El Camino 125
For the second consecutive game, the Santiago Canyon College Hawks topped the century mark earning themselves a 138-125 victory over the El Camino Warriors on Friday night. The game was played at Santa Ana College as part of the 6 team tournament co hosted by Santiago Canyon and Santa Ana College. This contest resembled a track meet on the hardwood floor as both teams played a fast tempo style. The Hawks trailed by 3 points at halftime 69-66 as El Camino came out on fire, connecting on 13 out of 24 three point shots in the first half. Santiago Canyon shot 70% from the field in the first half while only connecting on 1 of 5 three point attempts. The Hawks were able to break El Camino's press for lay ups and easy shots. The second half featured the same frenetic pace as spectators were treated to this up and down affair. The game was close throughout the second half before the Hawks were able to pull away in the last 4 minutes to come out with the victory and improve their record to 2-0 in their inaugural campaign of basketball at the school. Santiago Canyon shot 69.4 % from the field and they tightened up their defense in the 2nd half as well. El Camino connected on only 7 of 24 three point attempts in the 2nd half and shot 41.6 % overall for the game.
The Hawks will have little time to celebrate as they take on Bakersfield College (2-0) at Santa Ana College Saturday at 12 noon. Point guard Antoine Jenkins was brilliant throughout the contest leading Santiago Canyon with 39 points and dishing out 7 assists. Rocket Henderson scored 34 points including 25 in the second half.
Kamron Fleming scored 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds, Myles Garvin was steady throughout and added 16 points. AJ Garrity added 15 points before fouling out, and Travis Kettering played a solid overall game with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while passing and dribbling through the pressure of the El Camino (0-2)
defense. Head Coach Todd Dixon was happy with the outcome, "I am pleased how our team attacked their pressure. El Camino plays a unique style, but we have players who are quite capable in the open floor. "
SCC vs El Camino Game Highlights
SCC vs. El Camino Box Score
Game #1: Summary for first game on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Opponent: Long Beach City College Final Score: SCC 105 LB City 84
Santiago Canyon College Men's Basketball opened their season Wednesday night with an impressive 105 to 84 victory over the Long Beach City College Vikings. This is the first year that Santiago Canyon has had a basketball program and what a debut it was! Rocket Henderson led all scorers with 39 points and 16 rebounds. AJ Garrity scored 23 for the Hawks and point guard Antoine Jenkins added 15 points and 5 assists for the Hawks. The Hawks never trailed in the game which is part of the Santiago Canyon/ Santa Ana co-sponsored tournament. This game was played at Santiago Canyon College while the next 2 games for the Hawks in the tourney will be played at Santa Ana College. Friday, Santiago Canyon will play El Camino College at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday the Hawks will take on Bakersfield College at 12 noon. Click below for the game highlights.
SCC vs Long Beach City Game Highlights
SCC vs Long Beach City Box Score
Photos by Cliff Robbins