This year’s two-day tournament featuring Sonoma State University, Chico State University, Pacific Union College and University of Alaska Anchorage was full of action.
The weekend started off on a strong note for host Sonoma State. In their first official game of the season, they pulled off a win versus the Seawolves from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Senior Forward Mike Harris contributed 22 points for Sonoma State and also helped open up their first half lead of 35 to 17 with a stretch of three straight steals and fast-break scores.
The first half was capped off with a deep three at the top of the key from junior guard David Ahern and another three-pointer before the buzzer from senior guard Zen Maki. The Seawolves went into the locker room with a 41-28 lead.
“We played to our potential. We didn’t turn the ball over for the first 14 minutes,” said Head Coach Pat Fuscaldo. “The bench played excellent. It was a good win against a quality regional opponent.”
Despite coming out with three unanswered baskets, Alaska Anchorage was unable to overcome Sonoma State’s large halftime lead. Alaska managed to cut the lead to 64-57 in the later part of the second half but Harris responded to their scoring with a corner three-pointer. Sonoma came out on top with a 74 to 66 victory. Junior guards Jabri Jenkins and Andy Mitchell added 10 and 9 points.
In the earlier and first game of the tournament, Chico State beat Pacific Union College by a score of 104 to 62.
The final game of the tournament, between Sonoma State and Pacific Union College, also turned out to be the closest. Scoring for Sonoma State came less frequently than the night before but David Ahern and senior Forward JJ Mina, the teams leading scorers for the night, were able to keep the team in the game. The Seawolves were down by one heading into the second half. Pacific Union managed to capitalize on Sonoma’s turnovers and turned the ball over less than the Seawolves. They used a full-court press defense, which contained the Seawolves for most of the game.
“I take my hat off to them. They trapped us,” said Fuscaldo. “We played a little faster than we should. In the end we started throwing the ball away.”
The lead changed twice in the last seven seconds of the game. Junior guard Jabri Jenkins sunk two free throws with three seconds left, giving Sonoma State a 66 to 65 lead. On the following inbound play, Pacific Union’s guard Jarron Crump was fouled on a half court shot with just .1 seconds on the clock. The controversial foul call put Crump on the line where he made and finished the game on all three free throws. The Pioneers stunned the Seawolves with a final score of 68 to 66.
“We’re going to work on defending,” said Fuscaldo. “Going over fundamentals, executing. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.”
Earlier in the day, Chico State beat Alaska Anchorage for their second win of the tournament. Sonoma State and Pacific Union split their games and Alaska Anchorage was winless.
After the tournament finished up, Chico State’s Robert Duncan was named the Logsdon Classic Most Valuable Player. Jordan Semple and Corey Silverstrom from Chico State, Greg Brown of Pacific Union, Brian McGill of Alaska Anchorage and Mike Harris from Sonoma State were chosen for the All-Tournament Team.
The Seawolves look to bounce back from this win in their next game at Dominican University, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.