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San Bernardino Ends Mt. SAC Men's Basketball Season in Second-Round of Playoffs

Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage
Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage

(Walnut, CA) Seeded No. 3 in the 3C2A Southern California Regionals, host Mt. San Antonio College (25-4) came up short against No. 14 San Bernardino Valley College, 59-51, in a second-round game on Saturday, March 2.

The game got off to a slow start with Mt. SAC holding a 2-0 lead until the Wolverines (21-9) connected on a three-pointer with 13:24 to play in the first half. The Mounties tied the game at three on a free throw by Jon McCullough at the 12:20 mark, but SBVC took control from there and held the lead the rest of the game en route to the win.

Nick Hopkins led Mt. SAC with 12 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Jerimiyah Smith was the team's other double-digit scorer, adding 11 off the bench, while Mikah Gardner scored nine points and tallied seven rebounds.

The Mounties outplayed the Wolverines in rebounding (42-29), points in the paint (26-14), and bench scoring (19-8) but not where it mattered most—the scoreboard.

With the win, SBVC advances and will face No. 11 Cerro Coso (24-6) in the next round.

This concludes the Mt. SAC 2023-24 season, which included the South Coast Conference North title.