Tough weekend for PC basketball
It was a difficult debut weekend for the Porterville College men’s and women’s basketball teams against tough competition.
Both teams dropped both of their games in high-powered tournaments. PC’s men lost 82-49 to Yuba, ranked No. 3 in the state, and then lost 92-70 to Santa Rosa, ranked in the top 10 in Northern California, at the City College of San Francisco Tournament. At the Mission Tournament, PC’s women lost to Mission 89-63 and to Chabot 66-54.
PC’s men were just 2-of-16 from three-point range against Yuba. “We know we need to shoot it well for us to be able to compete with a lot of teams,” PC coach T.J. Jennings said.
Eric Moore was 4-of-4 leading Porterville with eight points and Tyrone Hall added seven points for the Pirates.
Against Santa Rosa, PC was 17-of-32 from behind the arc. Juddon Carter led PC, scoring all of his 15 points in the first half, all on three-pointers. But Carter had to leave in the second half with a mild ankle sprain, although he’s expected to come back when Porterville resumes action this weekend.
Also for PC, Hall scored 14 points and Miguel Perez added 12 points.
“We competed a lot better,” said Jennings, comparing his team’s effort to the game against Yuba.
In Mission, PC lost to a team that has played in the state tournament. Eva Gutierrez scored 14 points, Destiny Zarate had 12 points and Alia Alavarez added 11 points for PC.
Against Chabot, Porterville trailed 35-25 at halftime before closing to within 37-34. But PC went 12 possessions without scoring as Chabot went on to take a 51-40 lead. Katrina Goulbourne, who made the all-tournament team, had a double double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Also for PC, Maribel Bravo had 12 points and five assists, Gutierrez had nine points and four assists, Chrissy Medina scored eight points and Zarate added eight rebounds. “Saturday, I thought we played a lot better,” said Kavern about the Chabot game. “We were competitive.”