Roadrunners basketball gets under way

BY MICHAEL CARPENTER

SPORTS EDITOR

 

It’s basketball time here on campus at College of the Desert as both the men’s and women’s teams have tipped off their seasons.

 

With three games under their belt, the College of the Desert Roadrunners men’s basketball team has found itself in some close, hard-fought contests. With no wins to show for it, the team remains positive and ready for the battle ahead of them.

 

Coach Henry Viveros is entering his second season as head coach of the Roadrunners after 10 years spent coaching at Indio High School, looking to improve off of last year’s 5-22 record.

 

The roster is filled with fresh faces with only four sophomores returning from last year’s team. This gives the team plenty of options as they progress through the season.

 

The team has been putting up a respectable 76.3 points per game, while shooting 43 percent from the field. Three players are averaging over 10 points per game with Dajuan Fulgham and Shaquille Russell both scoring 14 points per game apiece. Fulgham also leads the team in rebounds, steals and blocks.

 

Their next home game is scheduled for Dec. 21, 2016.

 

The Lady Roadrunners have gotten off to a less than ideal start, but with the season still young there is plenty of time to turn things around.

 

The team brings back five players from last year, which should help as they grow as a team over the year with coach Skip Parry leading the team.

 

Sophomore forward Lexie Jackson has gotten off to a hot start to the season averaging a team high of 13 points, 8 rebounds and two assists per game.

 

She has received help from Jerrica Perez and Mercedes Young both averaging a respectable 8 points per game each.

 

Their next home game is scheduled for Dec. 15, 2016, as College of the Desert hosts the Desert Winter Classic.

Shannon Beard defends a shot against Pasadena City College.
Shannon Beard defends a shot against Pasadena City College.

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