The newly #12th ranked in the north Thunderbirds are again on the road this weekend heading up the road to Redding, California for the Shasta College Invitational Tournament. Every Tournament that the Thunderbirds have scheduled brings new challenges to the team's heart and character. The Thunderbirds look forward to redemption after losing in the Championship Game at the San Jose City College Tip Off Tournament. The Thunderbirds open up the 1st round against the host Shasta College Knights Friday November 19, 2010 at 6pm.
After a long exhausting 4 hour trip to Redding, California, the Thunderbirds took on the host of the tournament the Shasta College Knights. A slow start to game 1 had the Thunderbirds down at halftime by 8 points. At the beggining of the 2nd half the Thunderbirds energy level rose as well as defensive intensity. The Thunderbirds held the Knights to 50 points total and were able to out score the Knights 35- 27 in the second half. The final score Thunderbirds 58 the Shasta Knights 50.
Saajid Polite led all scores with 17 points he also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Karreem Ransom had a clutch 12 points 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
Tyler Idowu had 12 points and 10 rebounds
In the second round contest Saturday November 20, 2010 the Thunderbirds took on the #8 in the state and #4 in the north ranked Ohlone Renegades. The Thunderbirds up to the challenge played a solid first half and went to half time up 29-26. In the 2nd half the Thunderbirds turned up the defensive pressure and at one point extended there lead to 17 points. Ohlone fought back down the stretch but the Thunderbirds were able to close the game out defeating the Renegades 72 -66.
Saajid Polite led all scores with 17 points 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Roman Robinson had 12 points 6 rebounds and 2 steals
Nick Capiti had 11 points 6 rebounds and 3 assists
Richard Walker had 11 points and 8 rebounds
Tyler Idowu had 8 points and 10 rebounds
Once again the Thunderbirds had earned a spot in the championship game of a tournament. This opponent was the 12# in the state and 5# in the north ranked Diablo Valley College Vikings. At the start of the contest the Thunderbirds showed promise with a early 4-0 lead. After a early Viking time out the last lead the Thunderbirds had was 6-3. Lack luster energy, hustle and poor shot selection created a Diablo Valley College Viking rout of the Merritt College Thunderbirds. Final Score Diablo Valley Vikings over the Thunderbirds 69 - 45.
Roman Robinson led the Thunderbirds with 11 points, 3 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals
After 2 blunders in two championship games the Thunderbirds must still continue to develop there mental toughness and desire to close out big games. Once again the Thunderbirds display the potential to compete vs any team in California Junior College but a championship team will find a way to get it done in the win column.