The 2017-18 season ended on Saturday night for the Pacific Union College men’s basketball team.
The Pioneers won, 74-66 over Cal Maritime at Pacific Auditorium in Angwin as Rae Hubbard scored 26 points.
Pacific Union (10-14 overall, 7-7 California Pacific Conference) finished in a tie for fourth place with Simpson University. But Simpson (11-13 overall, 7-7 CalPac) secured the No. 4 seed for the playoffs based on beating the Pioneers twice during the season.
“It didn’t happen for us,” coach Greg Rahn said on Sunday. “Hats off to those who made it.”
The CalPac playoffs start on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Cal Maritime, with No. 1 Antelope Valley (18-7 overall, 11-3 CalPac) facing No. 4 Simpson at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by No. 2 UC Merced (12-14 overall, 8-6 CalPac) against No. 3 Cal Maritime (17-11 overall, 8-6 CalPac).
The championship game is on Monday, Feb. 26 at Cal Maritime.
Pacific Union honored its senior class – Jayson Marquez, Noel Briones, Brandon Franklin, Devon Pinnock and Hubbard – during a ceremony on Saturday.
“It’s going to be tough to replace guys like that for sure,” said Rahn. “We played our seniors most of the game. The maturity level of these young men and what they were able to accomplish was pretty fantastic to watch.”
Hubbard also had 3 rebounds.
Franklin (21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals), Marquez (15 points, six rebounds), Briones (8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks), Pinnock (4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals), Jeremiah Blandin (8 rebounds) and Joseph Scott (3 steals) were other standouts.
“For us to beat a very good Maritime team was big,” said Rahn. “We had to do what we needed to do. We had to play with that toughness and mind-set to get it done. It just kind of felt like we were in control the whole game.”
PUC lost last week to UC Merced, 82-71.
The Pioneers were led by Wayne Englestad (17 points, 2 rebounds), Blandin (16 points, 9 rebounds), Franklin (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists), Hubbard (10 points, 3 rebounds), Briones (6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists), Pinnock (6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), and Marquez (4 assists, 2 steals).
College Women’s Basketball
PUC loses final two games
The Pioneers lost their last two games of the season, falling to UC Merced, 68-55, and Cal Maritime, 57-45, last week at Pacific Auditorium in Angwin.
The Pioneers end the season at 2-19 overall, 1-13 in the California Pacific Conference.
Imari Clinton scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds and four assists in the game against UC Merced.
The Pioneers were also led by Kylie Beal (11 points, four rebounds), Karla McCommas (10 points, six rebounds, two steals), Makana Kaaikala-Caban (eight points, three rebounds, two assists), Molly Hargon (seven points, three rebounds, two assists), and Gabriela Lua (five points, two assists).
In the game against Cal Maritime, the Pioneers were led by Clinton (15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals), McCommas (eight points, seven rebounds), Beal (six points, two rebounds), Hargon (five points, four rebounds), Kaaikala-Caban (five points, three rebounds, two assists), Faith Williams (three points, two rebounds, two assists), and Lua (three points).