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City College men’s basketball undefeated in early season

City College shooting guard Izzy King No. 12 scores as he pulls up for a short jump shot in the key Friday night verses Mendocino at American River College basketball tournament. Photo by R. Hanna|[email protected]

The City College men’s basketball team is starting a trend—winning close games. The Panthers opening round game of the American River College tournament Dec. 2 was no different, as they knocked off Mendocino College, 86-80.

The contest was physical throughout, with hard screens being set on both sides: hard fouls, loose balls leading to dogfights, and lots of emotion.

The Eagles (2-2) had momentum for the first 17 minutes of the first half, led by forward Trey Johnson’s 14 first-half points. Johnson finished the game with 17 points. The Panthers (5-0) would go on a run to end the frame, led by sophomore Izzy King, who had 14 first-half points on four 3-pointers. He, too, finished the game with 17 points, keeping the Panthers in the lead, 44-41 at halftime.

“Izzy was five-of-six on threes. We’ve known he can do that for two years now, [but] it was great to see him take advantage of the opportunity of starting for the first time this year,” City College men’s basketball head coach Andrew Jones said. “The fierceness was great to see. It was a total team effort.”

The second half of the game had its rough spots for the Panthers when they went into an offensive drought in the middle of the second half. Then, there was forward Bobby Barnes, who scored seven of his 10 points within 1 minute and 30 seconds.

The rest of the game would be a balanced scoring effort for the Panthers. Antwoine Davis, forward, contributed 17 points, along with Zach Bartley’s 15 points.

“I really didn’t do well in the first half,” Barnes said. “So I kind of wanted to redeem myself. I was playing hard. I just wasn’t making the best decisions, so I just wanted to come back focused.”
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With a minute remaining, the Panthers led 82-80, caused a turnover and gained possession of the ball.

King made one of few mistakes during the evening when he missed a layup and the Eagles then took a wild shot and missed. Davis hit two clutch-free throws and finished the game, scoring on a layup after another Eagles’ mistake.

“I’m happy we’re off to a great start. I have a lot of faith in my team,” King said. “We still need to improve, as do I, but I’m satisfied with the win.”

After the game, the coach remarked on savoring the win before playing again the following day.

“I’m going to go home and enjoy this one for about two hours and then start thinking about tomorrow,” Jones said.

More information on the men’s basketball team and game schedule are available at the Panther Athletics webpage.

City College small forward Bobby Barnes No. 11 scores as he drove to the basket Friday night against Mendocino City College at American River College Beaver Classic tournament. Photo by R.Hanna|[email protected]

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