Bakersfield College’s men’s basketball team didn’t have two of its stars: Jamar Hammonds and Jaylunn English. But it did have the third: sharpshooting guard Tucker Eenigenburg.
Eenigenburg, a Stockdale High School graduate, lit up College of the Canyons (10-12, 1-2 Western State-South) for 51 points en route to an 87-81 BC (12-10, 3-1) win on Saturday at the Gil Bishop Sports Center. It’s the most points in a game by one player in head coach Rich Hughes’ 13-year tenure, Hughes said.
Hughes thinks Ennigenburg’s total is probably top three in BC history, if not the top mark.
“He went off tonight,” Hughes said of Eenigenburg. “He hit some tough shots.”
Eenigenburg was 13-for-21 from the field in the game and 8-for-12 from 3-point land. He made all 17 of his free throw attempts and played all 40 minutes of the game. He even withstood a hit to the face in the first half that cut his chin. Eenigenburg will probably need stitches, Hughes said.
“He was on fire from the perimeter,” Hughes said. “He was on fire from the line.”
With the Renegades up 72-71 late in the game, Eenigenburg scored 12 of BC’s next 13 points. His 3-pointer with 1:19 left in the game put the Renegades ahead 80-77 and Eenigenburg knocked down two free throws to stretch that lead on BC’s next possession.
“Your great players gotta have great nights,” Hughes said. “He had a great night.”
BC point guard Johnathan Murray had 11 assists. Hammonds is indefinitely suspended for a violation of team rules and English was out due to illness.