Playoff hopes ride on final games

Leanne Cave

Four games left.

For the Bakersfield College men’s basketball team, the season is winding down and the results are crucial for the Renegades if they hope to receive a berth in the playoffs. This is especially true since the ‘Gades played their last regular season home game against Santa Monica and will finish up with the last four games on the road.

BC is in third place in the Western State Conference Southern Division behind Santa Monica and first place Los Angeles Valley.

Head coach Jeff Hughes said that the positive factor for BC is that the remaining road games are against teams the ‘Gades could beat.

“We will be playing four games on the road against teams with losing records and we are playing well at this point of the season,” he said.

The ‘Gades improved their overall record to 14-12 (5-2 in WSC) on Feb. 2, when they traveled to Culver City and knocked off West Los Angeles 53-47, to earn their first road victory of the season.

Consistent outside shooting played a major role in the game as Garrett Brown nailed five 3-point goals to lead the ‘Gades in a key conference win.

On Jan. 30, the ‘Gades put together a solid second half team performance as they beat Glendale College 68-49.

The victory was especially sweet for BC since the ‘Gades were without Jon Fulmer and Quincy Williams, who were suspended for the game due to an altercation in the Citrus game the previous Saturday.

Johnny Wiley, who scored six points for BC said, “It was an important game for us to win.”

BC took control of the game toward the end of the first half when Bryson Gholston stepped up with some solid all-around play.

The ‘Gades take their show on the road beginning Feb.13 at College of the Canyons. Gametime is 7:30 p.m.