Sophomore guard Darien McClain's scoop shot in the lane as time expired gave the San Diego City College Knights a 53-51 victory over Fullerton College and their first ever CCCAA state championship on Sunday afternoon.
The Knights overcame a 15-point second half deficit to defeat the defending state champion City College of San Francisco, 79-77, and advance to the CCCAA state championship game on Sunday, March 12 against Fullerton College at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.
The Knights erased a 12-point first half deficit on Thursday night and went on to earn an 85-69 victory over Yuba College to advance to the CCCAA state championship semifinals for the first time in their history.
The San Diego City College men's basketball team will play Yuba College in the quarterfinals of the CCCAA state championship on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., this year's state championship site.
The San Diego City College men's basketball team has advanced to the CCCAA state championship quarterfinals for the first time since 2009 after a 113-81 rout of Riverside on Saturday night. Sophomore point guard Darien McClain dropped a career-high 39 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including 8-of-10 on 3-pointers, to lead City to its 14th consecutive victory.
The No. 5-seeded Knights will host No. 13 Riverside in a third round CCCAA Southern California regional playoff on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Recently named PCAC South Player of the Year Darien McClain led the Knights with 20 points and four assists in a 73-62 home victory over Mt. San Antonio in the second round of the CCCAA playoffs.
The back-to-back PCAC South champion Knights have earned a spot in the CCCAA postseason tournament for the fourth consecutive season after going 26-5 overall and 10-0 in their conference.
The No. 5-seeded Knights earned a first round bye for the third straight year and will host No. 12 Mt. San Antonio College on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. in a second round game.
The SDCC men's basketball team routed Mesa 102-74 on Friday to cap off its second consecutive undefeated PCAC South season, and third in the last four years. The back-to-back PCAC South champions finished the regular season on a 12-game win streak, their longest in school history.
The Knights, who went 26-5 overall and 10-0 in the PCAC South, were rewarded for their success on Monday.
Not only did Darien McClain's jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining give the Knights a thrilling 71-69 home victory over Southwestern on Friday night, but it also clinched a second consecutive outright PCAC South championship and the sixth under Head Coach Mitch Charlens.