State No. 5-ranked Chaffey eliminates Palomar
For the second day in a row, Palomar's men's
basketball team lost on Friday to a recent state
chamionship game team, falling to Chaffey 84-67
in the consolation semifinals of the Hemet
Valley Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament at Mt.
San Jacinto College.
Ryan Schaefer (left) had a big day in defeat for
the Comets (5-4), who trailed by only two points
at halftime 50-48.
Schaefer drained 5-of-10 3-point tries in
scoring 18 points, high for Palomar against the
state No. 5-ranked Panthers. Deven
Riley (right) tallied 12 points.
Chris Sorapuru scored 8 points to go along with
a team-high 5 rebounds, and Carston Nyenhuis
also had 8 points. Chaffey out-rebounded Palomar
James Sampson led in assists with 6.
For Chaffey (8-3), Mufaro Murinda scored 19
points. Breejae Flonnoy added 18 points.
Chaffey played in the state championship game in
2013 and advanced to the Final Four again last
season. Yuba, the team that defeated Palomar in
the first round of the tournament on Thursday,
played in the state championship game in 2012.
Thursday's loss eliminated the Comets from the
State power Yuba rallies to down
JACINTO (12-04-2014) --
Palomar's shooting turned cold in the second
half on Thursday as state power Yuba College of
Marysville came back from a 14-point deficit to
down the Comets 71-68 in the first round of the
Hemet Valley Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament
at Mt. San Jacinto College.
The Comets shot 40 percent in the first half to
lead the 49ers 37-27 at the break and were up by
14 points with 17 minutes left in the game.
But Palomar's 22-percent second-half shooting
performance did the Comets in against an
opponent that has gone 248-90 in making the
state playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons.
The 49ers advanced to the CCCAA state
championship game in 2011-12. Yuba was only 1-3
going into Thursday's game but two of its losses
were to two of the three most recent state
champions, 2012 state champ Fresno City College
and last year's state champ Santa Rosa.
For Palomar, which entered the game with a 5-2
record, Jeremy Franklin (left, 18 points), Chris
Sorapuru (right, 16), Ryan Schaefer (14) and
James Sampson (10) scored in double figures.
Sorapuru led the Comets in rebounds with 7,
followed by Franklin (6) and Sampson, Deven
Riley and Carston Nyenhuis with 5 each. Sampson
also had 7 assists.
Vasilje Saraba (24 points) and 6-foot-8
Australian Manny Malou (22 points) led Yuba. The
49ers' starting front line measured 6-foot-9,
6-foot-8 and 6-foot-6, with a 6-foot-10 and two
6-foot-6 players coming off the bench.
Palomar plays state No. 5-ranked Chaffey, a
state Final Four team for the last two seasons