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City College basketball ends their seasons with a loss and a win
City College’s Monique Castex (#32) drives to the basket with a contested layup during the season’s final game against the Modesto College Pirates on Thursday, Feb.16, 2023. Modesto College won 70-58. Photo credit: Alex Wong / [email protected]

City College’s women’s and men’s basketball teams played their final games of the season against Modesto Junior College on Feb. 16, with the women’s team losing and the men’s coming up with a win.

The Panthers women’s team trailed most of the game while the Pirates dominated the offensive rebounds 26-2. The Pirates shot a lower percentage than the Panthers shooting 34.9% from the field to City College’s 36.2%. 

However, the Pirates had almost twice as many shot attempts with 86 attempts to the Panther’s 47 attempts, due to their dominance of the boards, having 52 rebounds compared to the Panther’s 19. The Pirates’ Natalie Brown (#3) single-handedly recorded almost as many rebounds as the Panthers’ entire team with 17. 

The Panthers were short on players this game with only six active players while the Pirates played 10 players. An impressive statline was that the Panthers somehow did not record a single foul throughout the game, while the Pirate’s recorded 20 total team fouls. 

The leading scorer for the Panthers was Malia Clark (#11), scoring 28 points shooting 8-18 from the field and perfect 2-2 from 3-point range and a perfect 10-10 at the free throw line.

The Pirates’ dominated the shorthanded Panthers, winning the game by a score of 70-58. This ended the Panthers’ already tough season with a record of 1-24.

The men’s game took place next with City College taking the lead at the beginning of the game and holding it throughout the first half. The Panthers led 28-23 at the half. 

In the second half, things started getting interesting as the Pirates fought their way back into the game with a full court press that the Panthers didn’t seem prepared for. At one point in the second half, the Pirates gained momentum and tied the game. 

City College’s Dajon Lott (#22) shoots a free throw in the season’s final game against the Modesto College Pirates on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. City College won 70-60. Photo credit: Alex Wong / [email protected]

The Pirates leading scorer was Carlos Hernandez (#44) who came off the bench. City College outrebounded Modesto 44-33 but Modesto’s full court pressure causing turnovers kept them in the game. City College had 19 turnovers compared to Modesto’s seven.

The Panthers did shoot significantly better from the 3-point line as they shot 41.2% while Modesto shot 16.7% from outside the perimeter. City College also had 23 more free throws than Modesto throughout the game. The Panthers’ leading scorer was Andrew Ferrara-Jones (#20) scoring 18 points. The Panthers also had Dajon Lott (#22) who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pirates had momentum for most of the second half, fighting back into the game after trailing almost the entire time, but the Panthers prevailed from the Pirates second half rally and their rebounds helped control the final minutes of the game. The Panthers won by a score of 70-60, ending their season with a record of 17 wins and 11 losses. 

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