The Renegade Rip

BC starts 3-1 in first four road games

Ruben Hill, Reporter

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The Bakersfield College men’s basketball team is off to a solid start, winning three of its first four games.

The team took home third place in the Cuesta Tournament Nov. 8-10 of the season going 2-1 with wins against Mendocino College 65-63 and West Valley College 55-52. The Renegades lost to Allan Hancock 67-54.

Coach Rich Hughes is optimistic about his team’s start.

“It’s early and we’ve won some close games, which is good because last year we lost a lot of close games,” he said.

Corey McDonald-Mitchell has been the team’s biggest producer averaging 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. McDonald-Mitchell was also selected to the all-tournament team at the Cuesta Tournament.

“He’s played really well,” Hughes said. “He rebounds really well for a guard. We’re expecting more as the season unfolds.”

In their last game, the Renegades squeaked out a one-point victory against Monterey Peninsula College 63-62

“We’re struggling a little with zone. They zoned us up and kind of shut us up, but when you win games like this it gives you confidence,” said Hughes.

BC will be taking their 3-1 record on the road on Nov. 20 when they travel to West Hills. Afterward, the Renegades will host a four-team tournament at Bakersfield College Nov. 29-30. The tournament will feature Allan Hancock, Merritt and Reedley colleges.

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BC starts 3-1 in first four road games