Cañada on verge of final four
March 05, 2015, 05:00 AM By Terry Bernal Daily Journal
The Cañada men’s basketball team is one win away from a trip to the California Community College final four.
The Colts rolled to a 67-58 win at San Jose City in the Northern California Regional semifinals Wednesday night. Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark scored a game-high 24 points, including a 3-pointer near the start of the second half to give Cañada a commanding lead.
Cañada forwards Manny Martin and Rodrigo Puliceno dominated in the paint. While Puliceno was holding San Jose in check with nine rebounds, Martin grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and added 19 points to tab the double-double.
“Just an animal,” Cañada head coach Mike Reynoso said of Martin. “Just a big-time game for him.”
But it was one of Clark’s eight rebounds that was the highlight of the game, according to Reynoso. With 3:20 remaining in regulation, Clark went soaring over a San Jose post player to grab the ball above the rim, Reynoso said.
“It was a monster, big-time board,” Reynoso said.
San Jose previously defeated Cañada in the regular season. It was the Colts’ first loss of the year, a 77-70 decision on Nov. 14.
Reynoso said Wednesday’s win wasn’t so much about revenge as it is about Cañada’s mission to win the state title.
“I think for me, it’s just the win says so much about the program and our guys,” he said. “Yeah it’s sweet revenge, I get that, for those on the outside looking in … but we know we’re a championship team if we do what we’re coached to do.”
With the win, Cañada advances to Saturday’s Nor Cal finals to face Marin Saturday at Marin. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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