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.
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)
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.
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.
Contreras wins scholar-athlete, Costello awards
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
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.