Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The 13th in the north ranked Thunderbirds will play in the Chevron Invitational Tournament at Diablo Valley College Tournament in Pleasant Hill, California the day after Thanksgiving. The first round game takes place on November 26, 2010 at 2pm.
On Friday November 26, 2010 the Thunderbirds faced the Sierra College Wolverines in the first round game at the Chevron Invitational Tournament at Diablo Valley College and the Wolverines jumped out early to a 7 point lead led primary by the Wolverines 6"10 center Casey Arent. The Thunderbirds stayed poised and were able to close the deficit at halftime 34 - 32. In the 2nd half the Thunderbirds took control of the game with hot 3pt shooting and stellar shooting from the field and were able to cruise to a 74 - 66 victory over the Wolverines.
Kareem Ransom led the Thunderbirds with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Jisuan Randle had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Nick Capiti had 11 points 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Saajid Polite had 11 points 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
In the second round Saturday Novemeber 27, 2010 the Thunderbirds again took on San Jose City College Jaguars. From the tip the Jaguars came in motivated to win and displayed competitive fire, but from the start to the end the Thunderbirds controlled the game leading to the victory 74-66. The Thunderbirds had 5 players finishing in double figures in scoring.
Tyler Idowu finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Jisuan Randle had 15 points and 3 rebounds.
Saajid Polite had 12 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Nick Capiti had 10 points 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Richard Walker finished with a double double 10 points and 10 rebounds and 4 steals.
On November 29,2010 in the Championship game of the Chevron Invitational at Diablo Valley College the Thunderbirds again took on the #2 ranked in the state #1 in the north Diablo Valley College Vikings. The Thunderbirds executed their pre game plan to precision in the first half and went in to halftime up 33 - 29 over the Vikings. In the 2nd half the Thunderbirds lacked attention to there detailed game plan and failed once again to win the championship game of a tournament. Final score Thunderbirds 46 Vikings 58.
Saajid Polite led the Thunderbirds with 14 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists and 2 steals.
Richard Walker had 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Nick Capiti had 5 points and 10 assists.
The Thunderbirds are getting closer to accomplishing there goal of winning tournaments. The Thunderbirds must continue to preserver and develop mental toughness so that they are able to posses champion mentality in the future.
The Thunderbirds record stands at 6-3 and there play so far has earned them the #10 ranked team in north and the 18# ranked team in the state for the first time in over 10 years.