Bakersfield College’s men’s basketball dropped its first game in the Allan Hancock College Holiday Tournament but won the next two to win the consolation bracket championship. The latest game was a 77-67 win over Chabot on Saturday afternoon.
"The third day is always tough to play and they responded well," BC head coach Rich Hughes said.
BC (7-5) and Chabot (2-12) employed vastly different strategies. While the Renegades pounded the ball inside for 34 points in the paint and made 43.5 percent of their shots, the Gladiators launched 40 3-pointers. Chabot made 15 3s and took nine more shots than BC but shot just 33.8 percent.
After missing the first two games of the tournament because of personal reasons, according to Hughes, leading scorer Jamar Hammonds returned and scored a game-high 25 points off the bench. He grabbed seven rebounds and made all of BC’s 3-pointers.
BC used its size to its advantage, out rebounding Chabot, 47-35, and scoring 14 second chance points. BC’s Jaylunn English and Henry Galinato combined for 20 rebounds. English also scored 21 points.
The Renegades led by as much as 18 and did not trail after five minutes into the game. Chabot picked up a comeback win a day earlier and nearly beat host Allan Hancock to open the tournament.
"They're a tough team to play because they never quit," Hughes said.
BC sophomore guard Tucker Eenigenburg was named to the all-tournament team.