LPC's season ends with playoff loss to Sequoias


The Hawks battled giants Wednesday night, and the result was a first-round exit from the Northern California Regional playoffs.

Bigger and stronger inside, the College of the Sequoias Giants dominated the interior in the second half and pulled away with a 76-67 victory over the Hawks in Livermore.

Sequoias (17-12), the regional's #18 seed, advanced to Saturday's second round against #2 San Jose City College. LPC, meanwhile, which entered as the #15 seed, ends a successful season with a 16-13 record.

For a half, at least, it appeared that it might be the Hawks who would be advancing. Drilling shots from all over the court, LPC led by as many as 14 points in the first half. A late Sequoias run cut the Hawks' lead to 40-30 at halftime.

The teams traded two baskets each to begin the second half before LPC went ice cold. Sequoias then exploited its advantage inside at both ends of the court to the tune of a 17-0 run, giving the Giants a 51-44 lead.

A jumper by Rashad Brackeen finally stopped the bleeding with 11:20 remaining. Trailing 55-47 four minutes later, the Hawks rallied to score 7 consecutive points, on a three by Brackeen and layups by Cameron Moses and Marti Fonolla, to pull even at 55-55 at the 6:46 mark.

Despite an excited crowd exhorting on LPC, Sequoias proceeded to effectively put the game away by scoring 13 of the game's next 15 points, going up 68-57 with 2:05 left. The Hawks never got closer than six points the rest of the game.

Moses led LPC with 16 points, while Brackeen and Fonolla added 14 points each.


Hawks make playoffs, host Sequoias on Wednesday


The turnaround has been completed.

Two years removed from a 6-21 season, LPC is back in the playoffs. The California Community College Athletic Association released the Northern California Regional bracket Monday, and the Hawks, seeded 15th, will take on College of the Sequoias in a 7 p.m. first-round game Wednesday in Livermore.

The postseason appearance will be the fourth in LPC's nine-year history and its first since 2012. That was the year of the Hawks' only postseason victory when they defeated Sierra in their only postseason home game.

LPC's quick turnaround from that dismal season two years ago coincides with Coach Lon Rork's second season. In Rork's first season, the Hawks finished 11-16. He leads this season's 16-12 team into the playoffs with just one sophomore, while the rest of his players are freshmen.

The Hawks won four of their last five games and finished tied for fourth place in the Coast Conference North Division with Skyline and Foothill. Both Skyline and Foothill, along with conference champion City College of San Francisco, second-place Chabot, and third-place Cañada, will participate in the regional.

Sequoias, meanwhile, is the regional's 18th, and final. The Giants are also 16-12, and they finished 9-3, good for second place in the Central Valley Conference. Sequoias has been on a roll lately, winning each of their past four games and nine of their last 10.

The Giants and LPC have only two common opponents this season. Sequoias defeated a Butte team that beat the Hawks early in the season and lost to Cañada, which split two games with LPC.

The winner of Wednesday's game will play at #2 seed San Jose City College (25-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday.


Fonolla, Harnell win all-conference honors


On Sunday, LPC guard Marti Fonolla became the fifth Hawks player ever to be named to the All-Coast Conference North Division first team.Marti Fonolla and McKayle Harnell

Fonolla, a freshman guard from Spain, displayed his all-around skills by averaging 12.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He also shot 43 percent from the floor, including 39 percent from three-point range.

During the conference season, Fonolla averaged 12.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. He also shot 39 percent from the floor, including 33 percent from beyond the arc.

Harnell, a freshman guard from Livermore, also had an outstanding season, averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 boards. Harnell shot 46 percent from the field, including 39 percent on threes.

In conference, scored 13.7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds per game. He also shot 45 percent from the floor, connecting on 44 percent of his three-point attempts.


LPC falls to champion CCSF in regular season finale


The Hawks' playoff hopes took a hit Friday night with a 79-69 road loss to City College of San Francisco in the final game of the regular season.

LPC's postseason fate will be determined Monday as it hopes that a 16-12 overall record and a 5-7 finish in the Coast Conference North Division is good enough for a bid to next week's Northern California playoffs.

The Hawks trailed only 31-30 at halftime, but couldn't overcome a CCSF team that clinched the conference championship with an 9-3 record. The Rams (20-8 overall) entered ranked #10 in the state and #5 in Northern California.

Cameron Moses led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points, while Rashad Brackeen added 11, and Giordi V'soske had 10.

LPC finished tied for fourth place in the conference with Skyline and Foothill. Chabot finished second at 8-4, and Cañada was third at 7-5. Chabot and Cañada are virtual locks to earn postseason berths.

Should a bid come down to do either LPC, Skyline or Foothill, the Hawks have a slim advantage in RPI over Skyline (.547 to .546), and LPC has defeated the Trojans in all three meetings this season. However, Skyline (17-9) has a better overall record.

LPC has a better overall record than Foothill (12-16) and a higher RPI (.547 to .527). Although Foothill is 2-0 against the Hawks this season, its overall losing record will most likely be a hindrance.


Streaking Hawks soar past Ohlone, eye playoff berth


And the season might just come down to one game.

After defeating visiting Ohlone 91-74 on Wednesday night, the red-hot Hawks have one more opportunity to prove they belong in the Northern California playoffs. That comes Friday in the regular-season finale at City College of San Francisco.

Friday's 7 p.m. matchup features two teams riding 4-game winning streaks. Although CCSF is 19-8 overall, 8-3 in the Coast Conference North Division, and a virtual shoe-in to be picked when the playoff brackets are announced Monday, the Rams have an added incentive. With a victory, CCSF, which has a one-game lead over Chabot, wins the conference outright.

Should the Hawks (16-11, 5-6) win, a .500 conference record might be tough for the selection committee to overlook. LPC would also finish third or fourth in a conference that has a reputation as one of the best in the state.

The Hawks continued their late-season surge by shooting their way past Ohlone (16-12, 3-8). Sinking 10 three-pointers in the first half, LPC built a 45-31 halftime lead.

That lead ballooned to 21 points eight minutes into the second half after Giordi V'soske drained a three for a 62-41 advantage. The Renegades pulled within 14 at 68-54 with 8:30 remaining before LPC went on a 14-4 spurt, making the score 82-58 and effectively putting the game way.

Rashad Brackeen came off the bench to lead the Hawks in scoring with 19 points. McKayle Harnell added 17 points, Nick Merrill contributed 16, and Marti Fonolla had 12.

The victory was LPC's first over Ohlone since 2012 and only the Hawks' second ever against the Renegades since the teams' first meeting in 2007. Should the Hawks win Friday, they will become only the second LPC squad to finish .500 or higher in the conference.


Brackeen hits game-winning 3 to beat Skyline


LPC continued its late-season surge Friday night by defeating visiting Skyline 77-74 on Rashad Brackeen's three-pointer with less than a second remaining.

The victory was the Hawks' third straight and improved their overall record to 15-11, ensuring their first winning season since going 22-8 in 2011-12. More importantly, perhaps, LPC kept its playoff hopes alive while moving out of the cellar in the Coast Conference North Division. The Hawks' conference record stands at 4-6, good for fifth place, one game behind Foothill for fourth.

LPC has two regular-season games left, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. against Ohlone in Livermore and two nights later at City College of San Francisco. The Hawks might have to win both in order to be selected to play in the Northern California playoffs.

The victory over Skyline is particularly important because the Trojans (16-9, 4-7) are also in the playoff hunt. LPC has now beaten Skyline in all three of the teams' meetings this season.

Victory number 3 over the Trojans was not ensured until Brackeen buried his game-winner with .9 seconds left. Skyline tied the game at 74-74 with 9.1 seconds remaining, and with no timeouts remaining, LPC quickly got the ball into the front court and into the hands of Marti Fanolla.

Fanolla drove from the left side and found Brackeen open in the right corner behind the three-point line, and the backup guard hit nothing but net, forcing Skyline to call timeout. After the timeout, Skyline's desperation half-court heave at the buzzer fell harmlessly short.

The Trojans led 43-39 at halftime and 56-50 five minutes into the second half before the Hawks went on an 11-2 run to go ahead 61-58 midway through the half. Skyline quickly regained the lead before LPC caught the Trojans again 67-67 with 5 minutes left on a baseline drive by Brackeen.

After two Skyline free throws, Cameron Moses hit a jumper, Donovan Grant hit his third three-pointer of the game, and Fanolla made 2 free throws for a 74-69 LPC advantage with 48.6 seconds left. The Trojans made 3 free throws and the basket with 9.1 left, setting up Brackeen's heroics.

Brackeen finished with 18 points, while Nick Merrill and McKayle Harnell, who scored all of his points in the first half, added 12 each.


LPC pulls another upset, beats Cañada


For the second straight game, the Hawks shocked a first-place team in the Coast Conference North Division, this time defeating Cañada 82-77 on Wednesday night in Redwood City.

Whereas Friday's upset against Chabot came against a team with 11 overall losses, Wednesday's came against a Cañada squad that entered with a 20-3 overall record.

Moreover, the Colts had sole possession of first place in the conference at 6-2 and were ranked #11 in the state and #5 in Northern California. In their first meeting this season, Cañada dominated LPC 105-77 on Jan. 16.

However, this time, the Hawks (14-11, 3-6) raced out to a 46-34 halftime lead, then held off the Colts. Cañada closed within 1 point with a minute to go, but in the final 30 seconds, Nick Merrill, McKayle Harnell, and Cameron Moses made 2 free throws each to seal the victory.

For the game, LPC forced Cañada into 38 percent shooting (30 of 80), including 14 percent (3 of 22) from three-point range.

Harnell led the Hawks with 19 points, followed by 12 points each from Merrill, Moses, and Marti Fanolla.

The Hawks are now tied with Ohlone for last place, but have an opportunity to move into fifth if it can defeat Skyline (16-8, 4-6) on Friday night. LPC has already defeated Skyline twice this season. The game tips off at 7 p.m. in Livermore.


Hawks fly past first-place Gladiators


LPC recorded its biggest win of the Coast Conference North Division season Friday night -- and perhaps its biggest win of the year -- by beating Chabot 81-66 in Livermore.

The Hawks (13-11, 2-6) and Gladiators (14-11, 5-3) entered the game going in different directions. LPC entered in last place in the conference and losers of 7 of its past 8 games. Chabot, meanwhile, was tied for first place, had won 5 of its previous 6 games, and moved up the rankings to #16 in the state and #9 in Northern California.

What's more, LPC was coming of a gut-wrenching, buzzer-beating loss to Foothill two nights earlier and was down to 9 players because of injuries and team defections.

None of that seemed to matter, though, as the Hawks built a 12-point lead in the first half and entered halftime with a 40-33 advantage. LPC then opened the second half with an 11-2 run after three-pointers by McKayle Harnell, Nick Merrill, and Marti Fonolla, and a follow shot by Merrill to build a 51-33 lead.

Chabot pulled within 59-46 before the Hawks scored 6 straight points on a free throw by Cameron Moses, another three by Merrill, and a turnaround jumper by Rashad Brackeen, making the score 65-46 midway through the second half.

LPC's lead grew to 22 points at 77-55 after Donovan Grant put in a layup off a nifty pass from Moses with 5:10 remaining.

Harnell led the Hawks with 18 points, while Fonolla added 15, and Brackeen and Grant contributed 11 each.

The Hawks' next game is Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. against first-place Cañada (20-3, 6-2) in Redwood City.


Hawks to host Chabot on Friday night


LPC takes on Chabot at 7 p.m. Friday in a Coast Conference North Division game in the Hawks' gym.

The Hawks (12-11 overall, 1-6 in the Coast Conference North Division) will face a Chabot team that has been on a roll lately. The Gladiators (14-10, 5-2) have won 5 of their past 6 games and are tied for first place in the conference with Cañada. Chabot is ranked #16 in the state and #9 in Northern California.

LPC has lost three in a row and seven of its past eight games. Chabot beat the Hawks 79-71 on Jan. 14 in Hayward.


Hawks lose to Foothill on three at buzzer


Foothill converted a late turnover into a buzzer-beating three-point basket Friday night to beat LPC 68-66 in a Coast Conference North Division game in Los Altos Hills.

With the loss, LPC dropped to 12-11 overall and 1-6 in the conference. Foothill, which beat the Hawks for the second time this season, improved to 10-13 and 3-4. LPC has now lost three in a row and seven of its past eight games.

The Hawks led 66-63 after Tyler Hall made 1 of 2 free throws with 10 seconds left before the Owls scored with 2.5 left, making it a one-point game. The ensuring inbounds pass to Hall was tipped, and Foothill tied the ball up to force a jump ball with the Owls gaining possession.

After some confusion surrounding the game clock, which didn't move from 2.5, the referees put .8 seconds on the clock, and Foothill hit the three at the buzzer.

Rashad Brackeen made 7 threes to finish with 26 points for LPC. Teammate Darius Limbrick made 4 threes while scoring a season-high 17 points.

The Hawks next take on Chabot at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. An ASLPC Tailgate will precede the game at 6 p.m. Barbequed hamburgers will be served to LPC students for free. The ASLPC will also give free tickets to the first 20 LPC students.


City College of San Francisco defeats LPC 78-66


A series of 8-0 runs in the second half did in the Hawks on Wednesday night.

On three separate occasions, City College of San Francisco blitzed LPC by scoring 8 consecutive points en route to a 78-66 victory in a Coast Conference North Division game in Livermore.

Jayson Rose led the Hawks (12-10, 1-5) with 14 points, while teammate Cameron Moses added 11 and Giordi V'soske had 10.

CCSF (15-7, 4-2, ranked #13 in the state and #7 in Northern California) led 38-32 at halftime, and after Rose started the second half with a three-pointer, the Rams went on their first 8-0 run to build their lead to 46-35.

However, the LPC second string entered and immediately scored the game's next 11 points on a Donovan Grant three, two threes by V'soske, and a layup by Tyler Hall to pull the Hawks even at 46-46.

Eight straight points by CCSF allowed the Rams to surge ahead midway through the half, and it was 58-52 before Moses converted a three-point play, cutting LPC's deficit to 58-55 with 6:47 remaining.

Once again, CCSF countered by scoring 8 points in a row, this time making the score 66-55 with 4:53 left and effectively putting the Hawks away.

LPC begins the second round of conference play on Jan. 30 when it travels to Los Altos Hills for a 7 p.m. game against Foothill.


Hawks battle Ohlone before falling by 7


Outsized and undermanned inside, LPC gave Ohlone all it could handle Friday night before losing 85-78 in a Coast Conference North Division game in Fremont.

McKayle Harnell led the Hawks (12-9, 1-4) with 27 points, while Cameron Moses added 17, and Marti Fonolla had 10.

Ohlone (16-6, 3-2), ranked #10 in the state and #5 in Northern California, used its size advantage inside to subdue LPC. But it wasn't easy.

The Hawks led 45-44 at halftime and built their advantage to 55-48 early in the second half after a 3-pointer by Moses. However, the Renegades scored 8 consecutive points to go ahead 56-55 with 13:22 remaining.

Although Ohlone never relinquished the lead after that, LPC stayed within striking distance behind Harnell and Moses. In fact, after Harnell hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game, the Hawks trailed only 73-71 with 4 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for LPC, it went scoreless over the next 2-and-a-half minutes while Ohlone scored 10 points in a row, building its biggest lead of the game at 83-71 with 1:33 left.

Tyler Hall hit a 3, and Moses and Fonolla made 2 free throws each to cut the Hawks' deficit to 83-78 at 0:20, but an ensuing Ohlone basket put the game away.

LPC's next game is at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 against City College of San Francisco in Livermore.


LPC stops losing streak, beats Skyline


The Hawks earned a much-needed victory Wednesday night, defeating Skyline 76-59 in a Coast Conference North Division game in San Bruno.

With the win, LPC (12-8, 1-3) ended its 4-game losing streak and won its first conference game after 3 defeats. The victory also marked the second over Skyline (13-6, 1-4) this season. LPC defeated the Trojans 68-64 in the finals of the Skyline Tournament in December.

Marti Fanolla led a balanced attack with 16 points. McKayle Harnell scored 15 for the Hawks, while Cameron Moses and Jayson Rose added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

On Friday, the Hawks go to Fremont to take on Ohlone (15-6, 2-2), which is ranked #10 in the state and #5 in Northern California. The Renegades had won 6 in a row before losing 2 of their last 3, including a 68-63 loss to Skyline on Jan. 14.


Cañada flies past Hawks by 28


LPC got pummeled Friday night, losing 105-77 to Cañada in a Coast Conference North Division game in Livermore.

The Hawks (11-8, 0-3) have now lost 4 consecutive games. Cañada, ranked #14 in the state and #7 in Northern California, improved to 16-2 overall, 2-1 in the conference.

Down by 17 points early in the game, LPC moved with 9 midway through the first half, but a late Cañada spurt gave the Colts a 50-25 halftime lead. The Hawks never threatened in the second half.

Marti Fonolla led LPC with 16 points, and Rashad Brackeen and Cameron Moses added 13 each.

LPC's next game is Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. against Skyline in San Bruno.


LPC lose road game at Chabot


The Hawks' first road game of the Coast Conference North Division season didn't end so well Wednesday night.

Chabot defeated LPC 79-71 in Hayward, sending the Hawks to their second straight conference loss and their third loss in a row overall.

The Gladiators improved to 11-9 and 2-1 in the conference, while LPC fell to 11-7, 0-2.

Marti Fonolla led the Hawks with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jayson Rose contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Things don't figure to get any easier for the Hawks in their game when they face Cañada at 5 p.m. Friday in Livermore. Cañada enters with a 15-2 overall record, 1-1 in the conference. The Colts are ranked #14 in the state and #7 in Northern California.


Hawks drop conference opener to Foothill


LPC's Coast Conference North Division season began in disappointing fashion Wednesday as the Hawks fell to Foothill 66-64 in Livermore.

LPC (11-6 overall, 0-1 in conference) scored on consecutive driving baskets by Cameron Moses in the final 37 seconds to tie the score, but committed a foul with 1.4 seconds remaining and watched Foothill (8-9, 1-0) sink 2 free throws to win.

Moses and teammate Marti Fonolla scored 16 points each to pace LPC.

The Hawks led most of the first half before a late Foothill spurt gave the Owls a 38-32 halftime advantage. Foothill was up 48-38 early in the second half before Darius Limbrick came off the bench to spark a 10-3 LPC run, making the score 51-48. Limbrick scored 8 points and assisted on the other basket during the run.

Foothill was ahead 59-52 with 5:35 left, but the Hawks scored 8 of the game's next 10 points to move within 61-60 at the 3:11 mark. LPC then went nearly 3 minutes without scoring before Moses' two driving baskets, the second of which came with 8.2 seconds left.

After the second of Foothill's two game-winning free throws, LPC's Tyler Hall threw a long inbounds pass intended for Jayson Rose, but the pass was broken up, then the buzzer sounded.

The Hawks' next game is Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. against Chabot in Hayward.


LPC opens conference play Wednesday vs. Foothill


The Hawks look to extend their stellar nonconference play Wednesday when they face Foothill in the Coast Conference North Division opener at 5 p.m. in Livermore.

LPC finished the nonconference portion of its schedule with an 11-5 record. The highlights thus far are a 7-game winning streak and a victory over previously top-ranked and undefeated Skyline in the Skyline Tournament.

As usual, however, the Coast Conference North Division should be challenging for the Hawks. The conference boasts 6 teams with winning records and is the only conference in the state with 5 teams in double-digit victories.

Foothill (7-9) is the sole team below .500 and the only conference team not ranked in the Northern California top 15. LPC, which finished 3-9 in conference a year ago, split its two games with Foothill last season.


Monterey snaps Hawks' winning streak


LPC's nonconference season came to an end Tuesday...and so did its winning streak.

Monterey Peninsula shot 60 percent from the floor, including 53 percent from three-point range, in defeating the Hawks 78-64 in Monterey.

Rashad Brackeen led LPC with 19 points. Marti Fonolla and Brandon Eboigbodin added 12 points each. Eboigbodin finished with 11 rebounds.

LPC, which entered the game with 7 consecutive victories, had not lost since a 4-point defeat at DVC on Nov. 29. The Hawks finished the nonconference season with an 11-5 record. Monterey Peninsula, which led 39-33 at halftime, improved to 6-6.

Next up for LPC is a Jan. 7 matchup against Foothill in the Coast Conference opener. The game begins at 5 p.m. in Livermore.


LPC to host 2016 and 2017 state championships


Las Positas College gymnasium

Reprinted from California Community College Athletic Association web site.

Sacramento, CA -- The California Community College Athletic Association is pleased to announce that Las Positas College will be hosting the 2016, as well as the 2017, CCCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships.

Las Positas College, located in Livermore, CA, will host the top four men’s and women’s basketball teams in the state in these single-elimination tournaments, scheduled for March 11-13, 2016.

LPC’s Physical Education Complex opened September 16, 2005. This state-of-the-art athletic facility has instructional and exercise areas, an indoor track, faculty and staff offices, locker rooms, team rooms, two Fitness Centers, and an athletic training room. The complex has affectionately become known as ‘The Nest’ for the home team Hawks’ men’s and women’s basketball teams.

“Las Positas College Athletics and President Dr. Barry A. Russell are looking forward to hosting the 2016 and 2017 CCCAA Men's and Women's Basketball State Championships. Every year, the best community college teams come together to compete for a championship title. Las Positas is excited that these student-athletes who have worked hard all season long to get to this point have an opportunity to showcase their talent and skills at an outstanding community college venue. We look forward to being the host college for 2016 and 2017,” says Las Positas College’s Dean of Behavioral Sciences, Business & Athletics, Dyan Miller.

Leading up to the State championships are four regional rounds, which in 2016 will begin February 24 and conclude on March 5. These are hosted by the higher-seeded teams for each round. On March 11, 2016, the four women’s semifinalists will compete at Las Positas, trying to advance to the women’s State championship game on the 13th.

The men’s semifinals will be held on the 12th, with the winners advancing to their State championship game, also scheduled for the 13th. In 2017, the four-team State championship tournament format is tentative due to cost containment.

The 2014-15 basketball State championships are being held at Cerritos College, Norwalk, on March 13-15, 2015, before moving up to Northern CA next year to Las Positas College’s gymnasium.


Hawks win 7th straight, edge West Valley


Win number 7 in a row didn't come easy, but LPC bested West Valley 67-64 Saturday in a nonconference game in Saratoga.

The Hawks (11-4), coming off an upset of previously unbeaten and top-ranked Skyline on the road, have now won 9 of their last 10 games. West Valley, meanwhile, fell to 2-12.

Ten players scored for LPC, led by McKayle Harnell's 11 points.

LPC concludes the nonconference season with its next game, 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at Monterey Peninsula.


LPC beats #1 Skyline to win tourney title

LPC wins Skyline tourney


The Hawks pulled the upset of the season thus far, knocking off top-ranked and undefeated Skyline 68-64 in the championship game of the Skyline Tournament on Sunday in San Bruno.

Skyline entered 11-0 and ranked #1 in Northern California and #2 in the state. The victory marked LPC's first over a #1-ranked team since beating City College of San Francisco in 2008. CCSF entered that game as the top-ranked team in both Northern California and the state.

The Hawks (10-4) have now won 6 games in a row and 8 of their last 9. Their 10 wins are one shy of their total number of wins last season.

Brandon Eboigbodin came off the bench to lead LPC in scoring with 16 points. In fact, his two free throws 6:25 into the first half were the first points the Hawks scored as they began the game in a sluggish fashion. They trailed 34-29 at halftime.Marti Fonolla-MVP of Skyline tourney

However, LPC got a 3-pointer from Marti Fonolla and baskets from Nick Merrill and McKayle Harnell to quickly take the lead in the second half and never trailed after that. The Hawks led 59-48 midway through the second half, but the Trojans eventually tied the score at 64-64 with just over 3 minutes left.

Tyler Hall's 3-pointer with 1:45 left proved to be the difference, and Harnell's free throw at 0:12 wrapped up the scoring.

Fonolla, who averaged 14 points and 4 assists throughout the tournament, was named Most Valuable Player. Harnell (11 points a game) and Eboigbodin (11 points and 10 rebounds per game) were named to the all-tournament team.

Next up for LPC is a Dec. 20 matchup against West Valley at 5 p.m. in Saratoga.


Hawks roll Gavilan, seek title vs. Skyline


For the first time in 4 tournaments this season, LPC has reached a championship game.

The Hawks reached the finals of the Skyline Tournament by defeating Gavilan 76-59 on Saturday in San Bruno. LPC (9-4) will play host Skyline, which edged Bakersfield 65-63 in the other semifinal, at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Eleven LPC players scored, led by McKayle Harnell with 15 points. Marti Fonolla added 11.

By beating Gavilan (1-9) for the second time this season, the Hawks, ranked #13 in Northern California, extended their winning streak to 5 games. That is LPC's longest streak since 11 consecutive victories in 2011. Overall, the Hawks have won 7 of their last 8 games.

LPC is seeking its third Skyline Tournament title, winning championships in 2007 and 2011. Title number 3 will be a tall order considering that Skyline is unbeaten at 11-0 and is ranked #1 in Northern California and #2 in the state.


No. 13 LPC wins again, advances in Skyline tourney


The Hawks celebrated this week's entry into the Northern California rankings by advancing to the semifinals of the Skyline Tournament with a 71-59 victory Friday over College of the Redwoods in a first-round game in San Bruno.

With the victory, LPC (8-4, #13 in Northern California) stretched its winning streak to 4 games and will look to make it 5 in a row Saturday when it plays Gavilan at 5 p.m. Gavilan (1-8) won its first game of the season by defeating Reedley 62-59 in another first-round game.

Marti Fonolla led the Hawks with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Cameron Moses and Tyler Hall had 10 points each, and Brandon Eboigbodin added 8 points and 14 rebounds.

Saturday's matchup will be the second time that the Hawks and Rams meet this season. LPC won the first matchup 84-67 on Nov. 6 in the first round of the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament.

Bakersfield and host Skyline play in Saturday's other semifinal, at 7 p.m. Bakersfield defeated Siskiyous 76-61, and Skyline got past West Valley 69-62. Skyline (10-0) is ranked #1 in Northern California and #2 in the state.


Hawks win third straight game, beat Cabrillo


Tyler Hall and Marti Fanolla combined for 24 second-half points Saturday night to lead LPC to its third straight victory, 75-69 over Cabrillo in a nonconference game in Livermore.

The Hawks (7-4), playing their first game at home in nearly a month, struggled early against Cabrillo's trapping and zone defenses. However, they took their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 7 minutes left in the first and eventually led 36-30 at halftime.

LPC opened a 55-44 lead 9 minutes into the second half after Fanolla drilled 3 straight three-pointers. Cabrillo (4-5) moved within 5, but Rashad Brackeen hit a three, and Hall scored on a follow basket, making it 60-50 with 9:13 remaining.

A series of quick missed shots allowed the Seahawks to close within 4 at 70-66 with 2 minutes left. But LPC scored 5 of the game's final 8 points -- all from the free throw line -- to nail down the victory.

Fanolla scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, and Hall scored all 13 of his points after halftime. McKayle Harnell also finished with 14 for the Hawks, and Brandon Eboigbodin added 13.

Up next for LPC is a first-round matchup with College of the Redwoods at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Skyline Tournament in San Bruno. The tournament runs through Dec. 14.


LPC pulls upset by defeating Delta


Buoyed by strong defense down the stretch, the Hawks beat San Joaquin Delta 82-76 on Thursday in a nonconference game in Stockton.

Delta (4-2) entered as the #12-ranked team in Northern California. The unranked Hawks (6-4) have now defeated two straight ranked opponents as they beat #15 Sierra on Sunday.

Trailing 43-38 at halftime, LPC took the lead for good at 76-74 with 2:06 remaining on a jumper by McKayle Harnell. Cameron Moses followed with a driving layup to give the Hawks a four-point lead.

Brandon Eboigbodin scored on a baseline drive with 1:19 left, and Nick Merrill completed the scoring with a tip-in with 30 seconds to go. Over the final 10 minutes, LPC's defense held Delta to only 3 field goals.

Harnell and Moses led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points each. Giordi V'Soske added 14 points, and Jayson Rose had a season-high 13.

The Hawks return home for their first game at LPC since Nov. 8 when they take on Cabrillo (4-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday.


Brackeen, Hawks outpace Sierra to finish third


Setting a single-game high in points scored this season, LPC defeated Sierra 98-92 Sunday to capture third place in the Diablo Valley Invitational in Pleasant Hill.

The Hawks (5-4) hit 13 three-pointers, including 7 by Rashad Brackeen. Brackeen finished with a season-high 29 points.

Marti Fonolla, who averaged 18 points, 4.5 assists and 4 rebounds for the tourney, was named to the all-tournament team.

LPC led 52-44 at halftime and built its lead to 15 points in the second half before Sierra (3-5) cut the deficit to 1. However, the Hawks eventually built a 12-point advantage with 5 minutes remaining and weren't seriously challenged after that.

The Hawks took third-place honors for the second straight tournament. Their 98 points were 14 more than their previous high game and 23 more than their average prior to Sunday.

After 9 tournament games to open the season, LPC will play a regular nonconference game Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. against San Joaquin Delta in Stockton.


LPC falls by 4 to DVC in tourney semis


The Hawks came close Saturday night, but in the end, they couldn't stop DVC in its quest for a fifth straight Diablo Valley Invitational title.

The host Vikings defeated LPC 67-63 in the tournament's late semifinal game in Pleasant Hill. Marti Fonolla scored 19 points for LPC, which led most of the game before faltering down the stretch. McKayle Harnell added 11 points.

The Hawks (4-4), who saw their modest two-game winning streak end, will play in the third-place game at 4 p.m. Sunday against Sierra, which lost to San Jose City 81-66 in the other semifinal.

DVC and San Jose City play in the championship game at 6 p.m.


Hawks fly past Solano in DVC tourney


Giordi V'Soske scored 13 points off the bench Friday night, sparking LPC to an 82-67 victory over Solano in the first round of the Diablo Valley Invitational in Pleasant Hill.

The Hawks (4-3) have won consecutive games for the first time this season and advanced to the semifinals for the third straight tournament. LPC plays host DVC, a 77-65 winner over Feather River, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

LPC took control late in the first half against Solano (1-4) and entered halftime with a 35-29 lead. A three-pointer by V'Soske midway through the second half stretched the lead to 61-48 before the Falcons got back into the game with a 7-0 run.

However, Nick Merrill, who finished with 11 points, hit his third straight three-pointer, and Cameron Moses followed with a conventional three-point play to give the Hawks 67-55 advantage with 8:23 left.

Solano moved within striking distance again at 73-67 with 2:36 remaining before Tyler Hall put the game away with a three-point play on the ensuing possession.

Marti Fonolla finished with 13 points for LPC.

In other first-round games, San Jose defeated Contra Costa 81-62, and Sierra beat West Hills 76-50.


Hawks beat Modesto to capture third at Mendo


LPC finished the John Hogue Memorial Tournament in winning fashion Saturday, downing Modesto 72-63 in the third-place game at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

McKayle Harnell led the Hawks with 19 points, while Brandon Eboigbodin had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Rashad Brackeen added 11 points for LPC. Cameron Moses, who averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2 steals, was named to the all-tournament team.

Skyline won the championship game 77-73 over Lassen in a battle of unbeaten teams.

The Hawks (3-3) play in their third consecutive tournament Nov. 28-30 when they participate in the Diablo Valley Invitational in Pleasant Hill. LPC takes on Solano (1-3) in the first round at 6 p.m. The game marks the Hawks' first-ever appearance in that tournament.


Unbeaten Lassen drops LPC in Mendo tourney semis


For the second consecutive tournament, the Hawks fell in the semifinals, this time losing 82-68 Friday to Lassen in the John Hogue Memorial Tournament at Mendocino College.

Lassen increased its season-opening win streak to 9 games, while the Hawks are now 2-3.

LPC is looking to not duplicate the results of the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament in which it won its first game before losing the next two. The Hawks take on Modesto at 3 p.m. Saturday in the third place game. Modesto dropped a 58-45 decision to Skyline in the other semifinal.


Hawks advance with victory over Cosumnes


LPC's road trip to Ukiah got off to a good start Thursday after defeating Cosumnes River 74-60 in the first round of the John Hogue Memorial Tournament at Mendocino College.

With the victory, the Hawks evened their record at 2-2, while Cosumnes remains winless at 0-3. Five LPC players scored in double figures led by Cameron Moses' 14 points. Darius Limbrick scored 13, including two big 3-pointers in the second half to spark a 12-2 run. The Hawks trailed 32-31 at halftime.

Also in double figures were Brandon Eboigbodin and Marti Fonolla with 11 points and McKayle Harnell with 10. Eboigbodin added 10 rebounds.

At 5 p.m. Friday, LPC faces Lassen, a 62-44 winner over Los Medanos, for a chance to advance to Saturday's championship game. Lassen enters with an 8-0 record.

In Friday's other semifinal game, at 7 p.m., Modesto, which beat Redwoods 78-54, takes on Skyline, which defeated Mendocino 64-52.


LPC faces Cosumnes in Mendo tourney


After almost two weeks, the Hawks get back at it Thursday when they take on Cosumnes River at 2 p.m. in the first round of the John Hogue Memorial Tournament at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

LPC enters with a 1-2 record, while Cosumnes is winless in its first two games, losing to San Jose City and Foothill in the San Jose City Tipoff Tournament.

The winner of Thursday's game plays the winner of the 4 p.m. contest between Los Medanos and Lassen. Other first-round games pit Modesto against Redwoods and Skyline against host Mendocino.

The tournament runs through Saturday.


Late spurt by Butte dooms Hawks


Butte scored the final 5 points Saturday, erasing a one-point deficit in defeating LPC 79-75 in the third-place game of the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament.

Columbia won the tourney title 60-59 over Sacramento City on a buzzer-beater by tournament MVP Marquell Hubbard.

The Hawks (1-2) played a spirited second half after trailing 42-35 at halftime. They took their first lead of the game by scoring 10 of the second half's first 12 points to go up 45-44.

Butte quickly regained the lead and held a 68-63 avantage with 5:07 remaining. Nick Merrill kept LPC's hopes alive by burying a three-pointer, then after a Roadrunners' basket, his steal led to a Cameron Moses layup, making the score 70-68 with 2:55 left.

Butte scored again, but Merrill knocked down another three and followed that up with a long two, putting the Hawks up 73-72 with 1:30 remaining. The Roadrunners immediately regained the lead only to see Moses hit 2 free throws with 52.6 seconds left for a 75-74 advantage.

At that point, though, the Hawks finished the game scoreless to drop their second straight contest.

Moses finished with 17 points, all-tournament selection McKayle Harnell also had 17, and Merrill added 14.

In Saturday's consolation game, Contra Costa defeated Siskiyous 74-56.

LPC's next game is Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. against Cosumnes River in the first round of the John Hogue Memorial Tournament at Mendocino College in Ukiah.

Tony Costello Memorial Tournament

Champion - Columbia
2nd place - Sacramento City
3rd place - Butte
Consolation - Contra Costa

MVP - Marquell Hubbard (Columbia)

All-Tournament Team:
McKayle Harnell (LPC)
Arthur Caldwell (Butte)
Kellen Hill (Sacramento City)
Adam Ciszewski (Sacramento City)
Alex Kiriluk (Columbia)
Rafe King (Columbia)


LPC falls to Sac City in tournament semis


McKayle Harnell scored a game-high 27 points, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks lost 98-81 to Sacramento City in the semifinals of the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament on Friday.

With the loss, LPC (1-1) plays in the tourney's third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Butte, which fell to Columbia 64-53 in the other semifinal. Columbia and Sac City play in the championship game at 3 p.m.

Harnell hit 5 three-pointers enroute to 18 points in the first half, which ended with the Hawks trailing 55-39. Sac City led 76-59 midway through the second half before Cameron Moses and Brandon Eboigbodin scored on consecutive layups, and Harnell hit a three to cut the Hawks' deficit to 76-66.

Three free throws by Moses brought the Hawks within 9 at 80-71 with 7 minutes remaining, but the Panthers proceeded to score 8 points in a row to put the game away.

Moses scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Teammate Rashad Brackeen finished with 11 points.

In the consolation bracket, Contra Costa defeated Diablo Valley 60-57, and Siskiyous beat Gavilan 75-74. Contra Costa and Siskiyous meet at 11 a.m. Saturday in the consolation final.


Hawks top Gavilan in season-opener


Brandon Eboigbodin scored 10 points during a 15-2 second-half run to spark LPC to a season-opening 84-67 victory over Gavilan in the first round of the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament on Thursday.

The Hawks advanced to Friday's 7 p.m. semifinal and will face Sacramento City, an 87-40 winner over Siskiyous in another first-round game.

LPC trailed most of the first half against Gavilan and was down 40-35 at halftime. It was 47-41 three minutes into the second half before Eboigbodin scored back-to-back hoops. Teammate Marti Fonolla followed with a 3-pointer, and Eboigbodin scored again as the Hawks took a 50-47 lead.

The Rams broke the run with a bucket, but LPC scored the next 6 points on a McKayle Harnell dunk, an Eboigbodin follow shot, and an Eboigbodin dunk to build its advantage to 56-49 with 12:45 left.

From there, the Hawks outscored Gavilan 13-6, making the score 69-55, and the Rams never got closer than 9 points after that.

Harnell led LPC in scoring with 18 points, and Fonolla had 13. Eboigbodin scored all 13 of his points in the second half, while Giordi V'soske finished with 10.

Friday's other semifinal (at 5 p.m.) pits Columbia, a 57-53 winner over Diablo Valley, against Butte, which beat Contra Costa 79-77. In the consolation bracket, DVC takes on Contra Costa at 1 p.m., and Gavilan plays Siskiyous at 3.


Hawks open Nov. 6 against Gavilan


The new-look LPC Hawks open the 2014-15 season against Gavilan at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Tony Costello Memorial Tournament in Livermore.

Featuring only 2 sophomores and only 1 returning player, the Hawks (11-16 last year) will play for the first time on the recently renamed Tony Costello Court, named in honor of the late LPC coach. The tournament itself was renamed after 8 years of being called the LPC Tip-Off Classic.

The Hawks defeated Gavilan in the first round last year and ultimately reached the championship game before losing to Chabot.

Other first-round games Nov. 6 pit Diablo Valley College against Columbia at 2 p.m., Contra Costa against Butte at 4, and College of the Siskiyous against Sacramento City at 8.

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LPC court named for Tony Costello


The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District on Thursday officially unveiled Tony Costello Court, naming the basketball court after former coach Tony Costello, who died Aug. 25, 2013, from pancreatic cancer.

The ceremony, which took place during the district's annual Convocation gathering, was attended by employees of LPC, Chabot, the district office, as well as members of the Costello family.

Prior to the unveiling, LPC faculty emeritus Sophie Rheinheimer and Coach Costello's sister, Colleen Costello-Kreidler, delivered speeches about the beloved coach. Coach Costello coached LPC for the first 6-plus years of the program. Prior to that, he coached at Chabot for 17 years, the last 14 as head coach.

Tony Costello's parents, along with district luminaries and the Hawk, at the unveiling of Tony Costello Court

Tony Costello Court


Contreras wins scholar-athlete, Costello awards

5/16/14Jacob Contreras holding scholar-athlete award

Sophomore guard Jacob Contreras was named LPC's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Friday night at the 3rd annual End-of-Year Athletic Banquet and Awards Night.

Three nights earlier, Contreras was named the intitial winner of the Coach Costello Basketball Scholarship at the college's Annual Student Scholarship Ceremony.

Contreras has earned a 3.72 grade-point average while working 20-30 hours a week. He has already completed all of his course work in the Fire Services Technology discipline.

During this past season, he was a co-captain and instrumental in help leading his team after the passing of Coach Costello. Contreras averaged nearly 13 points a game and was 7th in the state in 3-pointers made. Defensively, he was called upon to guard the opposing team’s top shooting guard.

"Jacob is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete, not just at Las Positas but at any college level, and I hold him in the highest regard," said Hawks' Coach Lon Rork. "He will always act as a great example for what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in the community.

"I will always use him as an example of what I would expect of the student-athletes involved in the men's basketball program and what they should all strive to be."


Kimble named honorable mention all-conference

3/7/14Davis Kimble

LPC guard Davis Kimble has been named to the Honorable Mention All-Coast Conference North Division squad.

Kimble, a 5-10 freshman guard from Hayward, started 25 of 27 games this season, averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 41.6 percent from the floor. During conference play, Kimble averaged 13.7 points and 2.8 assists while shooting 45.2 percent.

Kimble scored 20 or more points six times this season, and his season-high was 27 points in a victory over Cañada on Feb. 7. He was named all-tournament at the LPC Tip-Off Classic in November.

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