High hopes for basketball

Leanne Cave

The Bakersfield College men’s basketball team (4-2) has high expectations for the 2005-06 season.

According to assistant coach Aaron Chavez, the Renegades are young but have potential to do well in conference play and make the playoffs.

“We are young,” Chavez said. “We don’t have any returning players from last season, but we still expect to do well.”

The expectations may not be that far off as the ‘Gades won the Thanksgiving Renegade Tournament defeating Porterville College 108-101 on Nov. 26 and Reedley College 90-63 on Nov. 27. Terrence Johns, a freshman from Chicago, has led the way for BC so far this season. Johns has averaged approximately 25 points a game and is a solid 3-point shooter.The freshman leader scored 29 points against Porterville and 21 points against Reedley, including five 3-point shots. He was chosen as Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Garces High standout Christian Martin has also been productive for the ‘Gades this season. Martin scored 13 points in the Reedley victory. Other players to watch this season will be Aaron Perez, Maurice Lane and South High graduate Steve Alford. Lane scored 18 points against Porterville.

“Our biggest nightmare right now is turnovers,” Chavez said. “If we can cut down on turnovers, we can be successful this season.”

The Bakersfield College women’s team (3-3) has played a busy preseason schedule as well.

The ‘Gades participated in the San Diego-Mesa tournament and played a good Santa Barbara City team, in which they lost 68-53, on Nov.24.

In the loss to Santa Barbara, Sarah Ortiz scored 10 points, and had nine rebounds and four steals. Stephanie Roberts also added 10 points.