Sixteen days after tipping off the 2017-18 season, the Bakersfield College men's basketball team finally made its home debut on Saturday night.
The Renegades looked good in their first Gil Bishop Sports Center appearance of the new campaign, downing Cerro Coso College 87-74.
"We've been on the road for the first three weeks of the season so it was nice to get home," BC coach Rich Hughes said. "We looked a little tired. I don't know why, but it's good to get a win and we had a pretty good crowd so it was exciting for us."
BC (4-3) simply had too much size and talent for the Coyotes, who dropped to 0-3 on the year.
Jamar Hammonds scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for BC. Jaylunn English added 19 points and seven blocked shots.
The game was tight for much of the first half as the two teams traded the lead six times over the game's first 20 minutes.
Knotted up 20-20 midway through the first half, BC went on a 17-7 run and eventually led 39-33 at halftime.
The Renegades came out hot to start the second half and extended their lead to 26 points (69-43) on English's fast break layup with 9:22 remaining in the game.
Powered by Canmeron Redd's 22 second-half points, Cerro Coso battled back to make the final score respectable.
"We knew that we could score against them and we got a lot of great shots," Hughes said. "It was just our defense that couldn't get consecutive stops. In the second half we did that and got a big lead."
Redd finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with 17 rebounds.
BC shot 50-percent (32 of 64) from the floor for the game as Hammonds (10 of 17) and English (7 of 12) both made a high percentage of their field goal attempts.
The Coyotes shot just 36-percent from the field. Redd shot 12 of 30 overall and 3 of 7 from 3-point range.
BC dominated the boards, out-rebounding Cerro Coso 50-38.
Former Stockdale High standout Tucker Eenigenburg equaled Hammonds' team-best dozen rebounds.
Eenigenburg also scored 13 points.
BC returns to action on Nov. 30, when it will face Riverside City College in opening-round action of the Hemet Valley Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament.
The Renegades next home game isn't until Western State Conference play begins in January.