LPC beats #1 Skyline to win tourney title
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.
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.
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)
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.