Men’s basketball plays best game of the season, blows out No. 2 team in the state

BY ANTHONY MENDOLIA

SPORTS EDITOR

Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics. Sophomore guard Riley Welch drives down the lane, as he played his best game of the season.

Two and a half hours before the tip-off against Mt. San Jacinto on Feb. 1, sophomore guard Riley Welch was the only player on the court putting up shots. Talking with him, it seemed he wanted to put up a strong performance for his head coach Trent Skinner, who was an assistant coach at Mt. San Jacinto for seven years.

“We’d love to help Coach Skinner get a win against his former boss,” Welch said. “A few guys on our team also actually played at Mt. San Jacinto at some point so we’d love to come out and compete, and try to get a win.”

“It’s definitely fun to reminisce about my time I had there before the game,” Skinner said, “but once I’m on the sideline and the ball is tipped, I’m going to try to treat it like it’s just another game.”

The Roadrunners shot a staggering 57 percent from the field, 88 percent from the free throw line, and forced 14 turnovers as they thumped the #2 team in the state, 104-86. Welch, in particular, was outstanding. He scored 29 points, dished out 9 assists, and grabbed 4 boards to conclude his best performance of the season. Freshman guard Sam Skipper also had a great night, putting up 21 points himself while going 3-9 from the three-point range. `

The game score was indeed a spark that the men’s team needed as they came into this game with a three-game losing streak. At the time, they were struggling with their three-point shooting, as they were shooting at or under 20 percent behind the ark during those games.

“We were really fighting hard and competing,” coach Skinner said when discussing the three-game skid before that night’s game, “we just have had a five-minute spurt in every game where we can’t score and they can.”

The roles were clearly reversed in this game, and it just might be a win that could possibly foreshadow great things to come in coach Skinner’s tenure here at COD.

“It’s definitely fun to reminisce about my time I had there before the game,” Skinner said, “but once I’m on the sideline and the ball is tipped, I’m going to try to treat it like it’s just another game.”

Next up, men’s basketball heads to MiraCosta on Feb. 13. They follow that up with another road game, this time at San Bernardino Valley on Feb. 15, as their conference schedule continues to wind down.

 

 

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