Happy New Year everyone! Before the close of the 2011 year the Merritt College Thunderbirds played at the Chabot College Classic December 28-30 at Chabot College in Hayward. After a lack luster effort and defeat in the first round vs the home team Chabot College, the Thunderbirds faced two Bay Valley Conference foes in the Los Medanos College Mustangs and cross town rival Alameda College Cougars. The Thunderbirds defeated the Los Medanos College Mustangs 58-50 in the second round and then in the consolation championship down 15 came back on a 19-0 run and defeated the Alameda College Couguars 70-66. The Thunderbirds finished 2011 winning 2 out of there last 3 games and finishing preseason 7-8.
Bay Valley Conference play begins tonight and the Thunderbirds have there hands full as the Thunderbirds head to Ukiah, California to take on the Mendocino College Eagles. Mendocino is a high scoring team who plays well at home. The Thunderbirds will be successful if they stay mentally focused for 40 minutes playing stingy defense and executing on the offensive end. Game time is 5:30pm for the womens game and 7:30pm for the mens game.There will be post game updates Thursday January 5, 2012.