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The Vikings' Jamal Ogelsby (13) prepares to break to the basket in a recent game at Barstow Community College. Also pictured is Emil McClinton (25).

Vikings in weekend tourney play

WOODLAND HILLS • The Barstow Community College women’s basketball team spent a very productive weekend playing in the Los Angeles Pierce Tournament. The Lady Vikings swept the tourney, and added three more wins to their record.

On Friday, Barstow got its fifth victory of the season, holding on to beat Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, 89-84.

The game was a back-and-forth one from the opening tip. The Lady Vikings came out a little sluggish, but maintained striking distance in the first half, trailing, 39-36, at halftime.
While BCC played from behind for most of the first, coach Tim Woods never lost confidence that his squad would take control.

“The ladies had a fire in their eyes today, and were focused on getting back into the win column,” he said. “This team is making good strides as the season goes along, as they came out today with a purpose of getting a win. They displayed a sense of pride after taking a hard-fought loss last Sunday in their tournament championship game.”

Megan Miles led the Lady Vikings with a game-high 28 points, along with 11 rebounds, and Ebony Black-Smith backed up Miles by scoring 26 points and grabbing six steals. Tichina Savoy scored 11 points, and Jasmin Cruz chipped in with five.

“As a team these ladies battled today, and with a team that likes to run. By us competing with this type of action, it showed us as a coaching staff and a team that we can play several different styles of the game,” said coach Woods.

On Saturday, BCC got its sixth win of the year, handing a 79-66 loss to San Diego City College.

It was an uphill battle for the Lady Vikings, who came out sluggish and were down, 37-15, with six minutes left in the first half. Coach Woods called a time-out, which sparked Barstow to a 15-5 run, cutting the San Diego lead to 12 points by halftime.

“I just told the ladies, let’s chip away at the lead before the half and get the deficit down to anywhere between 14 and 10 points,” said Woods.

Black-Smith led the team with a game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. BreAnna Fraser had 16 points, and Miles had 15 points and nine rebounds. Savoy and Audrey Donald chipped in with six points apiece.

“I am very proud the way the ladies responded to the deficit, as they said in the huddle and at halftime that they are not going to lose this game,” said coach Woods. “It is just fun to watch this team, as we outscored them, 64-29, after being down 22 points.”

The Lady Vikings wrapped up tourney play on Sunday by beating El-Camino Compton Center College, 64-55.

“The ladies were ready to play, but I know they were a bit tired after yesterday’s comeback,” Woods said. “This team battled today, as they were competing with a half tank of gas. They displayed mental toughness and overcame the exhaustion from the last two days to win this game.”

Miles led the offense with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Black-Smith had 12 points and 10 boards. Cruz had nine points, sinking all three of her 3-point attempts. Donald and Fraser had six points apiece and Fraser recorded seven assists.

Black-Smith was named to the All-Tournament Team.

“As a team, these ladies went through some adversity today, for them being just emotionally drained. I am very proud the way they responded today and throughout the weekend,” said coach Woods. “There is just something very special about this team, as they are growing together and trying to take on anything that comes at them early in the season.”

Vikings get first win
PASADENA • The Vikings men’s team got its first win of the season over the weekend. Taking part in the Pasadena College Tournament, BCC lost its first two games before coming up with a victory on day three.

The win came against the Occidental JV Tigers, who fell to the Vikings, 87-75, on Sunday.

Barstow held a slight, 40-37 halftime lead, and expanded on that edge in the second. Leading all scorers was Javone Rabon, who netted 33 points, while taking down 18 rebounds, along with two blocks and a steal. Cedric Young had 25 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, with Daniel Gampe scoring 17 points and dishing off two assists. Brandon Erwin had 12 assists.

Chad Tanioka led the Tigers (2-4) with 21 points.

On Saturday, the Vikings lost to host team Pasadena, 101-80.

Barstow kept the game close during the first half, trailing by 10 at halftime, but got outscored by a 55-44 margin in the last 20 minutes.

Rabon had another strong game, going 15-for-20 from the field and 7-for-10 from the line, for 37 points, while also grabbing 10 rebounds, five from each end. Young had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and seven boards, and Gampe scored 11 points.

Coming up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Vikings will play in the Antelope Valley College Tournament, while the Lady Vikings will take part in the Chaffey Tournament.

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