Pacific Union College won one of its biggest games in recent school history Saturday as the Pioneers beat host San Francisco State, 82-79.
Four players scored in double figures for PUC in the exhibition men’s game. Rae Hubbard scored 18 points to lead Pacific Union (1-2), an NAIA school which plays in the California Pacific Conference. Hubbard’s layup off an assist from Devon Pinnock with seven seconds to go gave the Pioneers the decisive three-point lead.
Brandon Franklin, Jayson Marquez and Chris Camper each scored 17 points for the Pioneers.
San Francisco State plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, an NCAA Division II league.
“S.F. State is coached well. They’ve got a lot of talent, they’ve got a lot of size,” said PUC head coach Greg Rahn. “Our main goal was we’ve got to compete on the boards and keep it close.”
The Pioneers out-rebounded San Francisco State, 29-23.
“For us to come in and compete like that was really good,” said Rahn. “Very proud of them.
“Once we get to full strength and we keep playing together like a team, these young men are fantastic. They can really play. Hopefully we can keep it going.”
Hubbard was 7-of-13 shooting (4-of-10 from 3-point distance).
Franklin was 8-of-14 from the floor and had 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Marquez was 6-of-9 from the floor and had five assists. Camper was 6-of-9 from the field.
Pinnock had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Joseph Scott had four points, Jeremiah Blandin had four rebounds and three assists, and Dreymon Jones had three rebounds.
“Pacific Union plays very hard and there’s no quit in that team. And we knew that if we gave them life that they are very capable,” San Francisco State head coach Vince Inglima said on the Gators’ website. “We came out and gave them life. We came out with very low energy. I was really disappointed with our intensity defensively to start the game. Credit to them, they took advantage of that.”
San Francisco State (4-2 overall) was led by Evan Zeller with 21 points and Jackson Warren with 18 points.
It was the Gators’ 2017-18 home opener.
Pacific Union led by 10 points in the first half. San Francisco State was ahead by 12 points in the second half.
The game was tied 36-36 at halftime.
A win for Prolific Prep
Prolific Prep Academy of Napa beat Believe Prep of Tennessee, 61-57, at the Lighthouse Classic in Corinth, Mississippi last week.
Jordan Brown scored 13 points and had a tournament-record 20 rebounds to lead Prolific Prep. Brown also had six assists.
Nimari Burnett had 15 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Amadou Sow had 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Jeenathan Williams (eight points), Jared Martin (three points, three assists), Sekou Toure (three points, three rebounds), Onyinyechi Eyisi (six points, three rebounds), and Alimamy Koroma (three rebounds) were other contributors for the Crew.
Prolific Prep lost on Saturday, 56-50, to Sunrise Christian.
Prolific Prep continues its season Friday and Saturday at the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton, Kentucky. It’s one of the top high school tournaments in the country.
Prolific Prep’s Brown named to ALL-USA preseason team
Brown, a 6-foot-10 senior forward for Prolific Prep, was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason boys basketball team for the 2017-18 season, USA TODAY High School Sports announced Monday.
“The team was selected by USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Halley in consultation with USA TODAY Sports’ Jason Jordan and various recruiting analysts and high school coaches,” USA TODAY High School Sports said.
Brown was named as a MaxPreps.com second team All-American last year. He transferred from Woodcreek High School-Roseville to Prolific Prep this past summer.
Brown averaged 26.3 points and 15.8 rebounds per game last year, leading Woodcreek to a 32-3 record and to CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF Northern California Open Division championships. He was named as The Sacramento Bee Player of the Year last season.
Brown played on the gold-medal winning team for the USA at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain.
He played on the 2015 USA National Team, which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
All 15 players for Prolific Prep, which is now in its fourth year, attend Napa Christian Campus of Education, a Seventh-day Adventist school.
Prolific Prep plays a national tournament schedule and went 29-3 last year.
Prolific Prep to play in Chick fil-A Classic
Napa’s Prolific Prep Academy is the No. 3 seed for the Chick-fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament.
The 16th annual tournament, which will have 16 teams, is Dec. 20-23 at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, South Carolina.
Prolific Prep will play in the National Division bracket. There is also the American Division bracket.