Fourteen members of the SDCC men's basketball team gathered last Sunday, January 19, to participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade through downtown San Diego. The men's basketball team had the largest contingent of any SDCC teams that took part in the event.
The Knights won their fourth consecutive game on Friday by defeating Imperial Valley, 74-65, in front of the home crowd. Martin Thomas led the Knights with 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in a game that was close throughout until the final minute when the Knights were able to pull away.
The Knights opened the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season with an 80-68 home victory over Cuyamaca on Wednesday night. Martin Thomas had 18 points and seven assists, while Mike Scott added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Knights' fifth win in the last six games.
The Knights defeated Sierra College, 77-64, on Sunday to become champions of the Neil Edwards Classic as the only team to go undefeated (3-0) at the six-team tournament played at Citrus College. City's Martin Thomas was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Caleb Singleton was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Coming off a disappointing 14-16 record in the 2012-13 season, the Knights (1-0) started their 2013-14 campaign with an 87-78 victory over Los Angeles Pierce (2-2). Freshman Chris Burton led SDCC with 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while sophomore Martin Thomas added 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals in the opening night win.
The 2013 Jim Colbert Knights Invitational will tip-off on Friday, November 15 with the Knights hosting Porterville College in the opening game at 1 p.m. The tournament will feature a total of eight teams, including Citrus, Mt. San Antonio, El Camino, Grossmont, Southwestern, and Mt. San Jacinto.
The Knights came into Friday's game looking to spoil Mira Costa's chance at sharing the PCAC title, but the Spartans bested the Knights, 70-53, in the final game of the regular season. Anthony Poindexter and Kyle Anderson led the Knights with 14 points each.
The Knights erased a 12-point deficit at home against Grossmont on Wednesday night, but weren't able to complete the comeback and lost, 61-58. It was the first time in the last seven meetings that the Griffins were able to get the best of the Knights. The last loss to Grossmont came on Feb. 19, 2010.
The Knights nearly overcame a great individual performance by Miramar's Le'Sean Galbreath, who scored 56 points, but the Jets were able to pull out a 100-92 double overtime win over the Knights. The Knights had five players score in double figures including Anthony Poindexter who led with 22 points to go with seven rebounds.
The Knights were tied with Mesa in the final minute, but it was the Olympians who prevailed, 73-69, after making 4-of-5 free throws down the stretch. It was the first time in six years that the Knights had suffered a loss to Mesa. The last time came on January 13, 2007; a streak of 11 games.