BY ALEXANDRIA ROSALES
Photo courtesy of The Chaparral
COD men’s and women’s basketball teams are at their last shot for a win with their last game on Feb. 15 at home against Palomar and Women’s basketball Feb. 16 at home against San Bernardino Valley.
Although both teams will not be competing in the playoffs due to their poor records, men 1-21 and women 2-20, both teams will be fighting to the finish to conclude a rough season.
Assistant Men’s Coach, Ken Simonds made mention that although the team has had a tough season, the players have managed to stick together as a committed team and continue to work hard. “I want to see them finish strong for the last two games and our sophomores be able to hopefully [have] somewhere to play.” Simonds pointed out that the team’s lack of concentration with executing their game plays, has been a setback as well as their lack of experience at the collegiate level.“Hopefully we can find a consistent energy level to be better prepared for next year.”
Freshman guard, Andre Allen added that the team needs a more consistent energy level when it comes time to execute for a win. “Sometimes we can get down or we can be [up] and sporadic with our energy, so hopefully we can find a consistent energy level to be better prepared for next year.”
Men’s basketball has had many close games this season such as a game against Mira Costa ending at 81-79 and a 40-point drop by Allen in play.
Aside from Allen who has been noticed for his excellence on the court, making 42 percent points per game and 4 out of five free throws on average. Sophomore guard, Philippe Salawa is another player who has had considerable attention.
Salawa was congratulated Honorable Mention All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference at the end of the 2016-2017 season and is currently the team’s highest scorer and rebounder with 16 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Their last win was against Imperial Valley, 92-88 with only a negative 4-point turnout, however the team still remains to be on a 11-game losing streak.
Women’s basketballs last win against San Diego Mesa was a close game, 51-46 with a negative 5-point turnout and is on a 7-game losing streak.
Even with numerous losses, men’s and women’s basketball at COD will fight to win, as their season concludes. Salawa added, “no matter what we go through, no matter what adversity we face, I just want to make sure at the end of the day everybody went through and we came out as brothers and we came out united.”