BY ROMAN DELARA
Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics
COD basketball for both Men’s and Women’s have gotten off to slow starts this season.
Men’s basketball record stands at 0-7 with the offense averaging about 65 points per game. While the defense allows about 81 points per game. Which makes the point differential at negative 16. Meaning that the Roadrunners usually lose games by 16 points.
However, the season is just getting started and the Roadrunners have not played at home yet. They will have to wait until Dec. 16, when they host Santiago Canyon.
Since the Roadrunners have been participating in many tournaments such as the Frank Garcia Classic, Neil Edwards Classic and the 46th Grossmont Tournament.
The only non-tournament game that the Roadrunners have played in was against Victor Valley where COD only lost by 8 with a score of 93-85. Starting guard Andre Allen had a good performance. Scoring 25 points on 8 for 12 shooting, along with seven rebounds, two steals and two made three-pointers.
The Roadrunners did almost everything right. They scored one more three-pointer than Victor Valley, and made nine more free throws than them. However, shooting overall played a key role in COD’s defeat by shooting just five percent less than Victor Valley. Victor Valley overall made nine more field goals than COD.
In the season the main concern for the Roadrunners is shooting the ball. Their field goal percentage so far this year is at 39 percent. While they are shooting 21 percent from the three-point line.
The Roadrunners have not exceled much on defense. But their best attribute is steals as they average about seven per game.
Players to watch for are freshman guard Andre Allen and freshman forward Arion Stevenson. Allen leads the team in points per game with 12. Also, he is shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point line. While Stevenson averages 11 points per game and is shooting 41 percent from the three-point line.
Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics
Women’s basketball is also looking for their first victory. Their record is at 0-6 on the season.
Just like Men’s basketball, the Women’s team has not played at home either. They have been in multiple tournaments such as the Mt. SAC Tip-Off Classic, the PCC Presidential Roundball Challenge and the LA. Southwest College Tournament.
The Roadrunners offense has averaged 41 points per game. On defense, they have allowed 76 points per game. That makes up a point differential of negative 35.
COD’s closest game this year was against Barstow. They lost by 11 to a score of 70-59. In that match, the Roadrunners had more assists and less turnovers then Barstow. What was interesting is COD made 14 three-pointers out of their overall 20 field goals made. Which means that the three ball accounted for 70 percent of the Roadrunners offense.
The Roadrunners are a three-point first team in their recent games. But where the Roadrunners struggle is with the 2-pointer. As they only made six two-pointers against Barstow.
A player to watch for is sophomore forward Mercades Young. Who leads the team in points per game with 12 and has come off the bench in three out of six games this season.
The Roadrunners next game will be their first home game of the year. When they partake in the College of the Desert tournament on Thursday Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.