MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
The #18th in the state and #8th north ranked Thunderbirds head to the Chabot College Tournament Classic in Hayward, California. This tournament is the final destination on the preseason schedule for the Thunderbirds. On Tuesday December 28 at 3pm the Thunderbirds took on the #11th in the state and #6th in the north ranked Cabrillo College Seahawks. The Thunderbirds had there worst shooting performance from the field at 36% and from the freethrow line shooting a terrible 7/21 30%. Although the Thunderbirds displayed such poor shooting there defense allowed the high octane 81 points per game Cabrillo Seahawks only 54 points. Final score Seahawks 54 Thunderbirds 49.
Saajid Polite led the Thunderbirds with 13 points 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
William Tolefree had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
Nick Capiti had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
On Wednesday December 29, 2010 the Thunderbirds took on there Bay Valley Conference Rival the Contra Costa College Comets. The Thunderbirds jumped out on the Comets from the tip and went in at halftime up 40-21. The second half was more of the same play as the Thunderbirds cruised to a 25 point victory Thunderbirds 75 Comets 49.
Saajid Polite led all scorers with a season high of 25 points 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
William Tolefree had 3 three pointers and finished with 15 points 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists.
Joshua Hatcher had his 1st double double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds and 4 steals.
Elliott Herald chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
On Thursday December 30, 2010 the Thunderbirds took on the another Bay Valley Conference Rival for the second time in the Alameda College Cougars. The Cougars had revenge on there mind as at the end of the first half it was tied 28-28. In the second half the Thunderbirds played there best half of the preseason and beat the Cougars. Final score Cougars 50 Thunderbirds 72.
William Tolefree led all scorers with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.
Saajid Polite had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Tyler Idowu had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Joshua Hatcher had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals. (two consecutive double doubles)
The Thunderbirds complete the preseason on a winning note and stand with a record of 11-5. What the Thunderbirds have learned from preseason is that they can compete against anyone, and with continued maturity the Thunderbirds will compete to win the 2011 Bay Valley Conference.