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NEWS LATEST Click to return to the News Page Cubs Beat Riverside In Play-Offs…Regional Finals THIS Saturday

March 4, 2008

The Cubs defeated Riverside Community College, 81-77, last Friday in The Gym to advance to the Regional Finals this Saturday and a chance to play in the celebrated California Final Eight to be held in Stockton on March 14-16.

Riverside (25-9, No. 9 seed in southern California) entered the game as the 6th ranked team in southern California and a solid favorite despite the 10th ranked Cubs (25-8, No. 8 seed) home court advantage. LA City jumped to a commanding 20-9 lead with 15:21 left in the first half, then led 28-11 with a little under 13 minutes until half time.

LA City’s biggest lead of 18 points (34-16) came at the 10:21 mark before the Tigers launched a comeback to only trail at half time, 45-39.

RCC controlled the first six minutes of the second half and tied the Cubs, 50-50, with 14:03 remaining on a four-point play (three-point basket and free throw) by Tiger guard Anthony Dandy. The Cubs then regrouped behind a 12-4 run to lead 62-54 with 7:57 left.

Riverside nearly caught the Cubs in the final two minutes when Tiger forward Anthony Garcia scored a rebound lay-up with 1:49 remaining. However, steady LA City free throw shooting (10-of-12) in the final 90-seconds thwarted any chance for RCC to sneak back. Overall, the Cubs were 26-for-29 (89.7 %) at the charity stripe

The Cubs freshman guard duo of Branden Fisher and Scott Sterling took over the bulk of LA City scoring. Fisher pitched in a game high 26 points while Sterling was a fraction behind with 24 points.

Sophomore forward Diego Belizario added six points while hauling down a game high 11 rebounds.


The Cubs will play No. 1 ranked Citrus College, in Glendora, this Saturday at 7:00 pm for the Regional Championship and a berth in the Final Eight.

The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the State Championship to be hosted at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The three-day Final Eight is March 14-16 and will bring together California’s top eight men’s and women’s teams to decide their respective State Champion.

The Cubs lead by nine points at half time, 42-33, before building a second half margin that was as high as 20 points with 10 minutes remaining.