The #1 Fullerton College men's basketball team hosted #8 Chaffey College in the SoCal Regional Final Saturday night, and gave the Panthers a 86-70 season-ending loss. The Hornet win now advances the Hornets to the CCCAA State Tournament for the first time since 2008.
The Hornets jumped on the Panthers early taking an 17-3 lead on a dunk by Kendall Lauderdale at 12:04. FC took their largest lead of the game at 18 with just over a minute left on a pair of Kenny Barnes free throws. The first half was all Fullerton as they ended the half with a 44-32 lead.
Coming out of the locker room after halftime, Chaffey did their best to keep the game tight hitting five of nine from behind the three-point arc, but the Hornets were to strong hitting 50% of their shots from the floor to Chaffey's 36.8%. Fullerton had too much firepower in the second half maintaining, at minimum, a ten-point buffer to wrap up the victory.
For the game, Fullerton out-rebounded the Panthers 48-34 and out-shot them 49.3% to 37.7%.
Kenny Barnes was unstoppable scoring a game-high 26 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Kendall Lauderdale and Ian Fox each added 16 points. Lauderdale also had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Nick Anderson contributed 9 points to the win.
Up Next: The Hornets (24-6 overall) will play in the 2017 CCCAA State Finals at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. The State Tournament runs March 9-12. #1 South Fullerton College will play #4 Cañada College on Thursday, March 9th at 1:00 pm.
#2 North Feather River College vs #3 South East LA College at 3:00 pm on Thursday
#1 North City College of San Francisco vs #4 South Antelope Valley College at 5:00 pm on Thursday
#2 South San Diego City College vs #3 North Yuba College at 7:00 pm on Thursday
*Photo by Jim McCormack