Sierra rolls through ARC in basketball doubleheader

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Emily K. Rabsto

ARC guard Damion Trujillo shoots with two Sierra players defending

By Kameron Schmid and Kevin Sheridan

On a night where recently slain ARC student Marc Zhuchenko was honored, the visiting Sierra College Wolverines handed double-digit losses to both the men and women’s ARC basketball teams.

The women were first to lose, with a final score of  71-51. Point guard Caresse Williams led the team with 21 points on 7-18 shooting from the field, but the team as a whole shot poorly, finishing 31.6%  with only two assists, compared to Sierra’s 18.

The women’s head coach J.R. Matsunami said, “We didn’t score enough, my two guards are hurt so we’re using a different rotation, and they’re a good team.”

The Wolverines came into the game with a 14-5 record and were ranked sixth in the state and second in Northern California.

The women’s team has eight games remaining on their schedule and are pushing to make the playoffs, with a current record of 9-9, 3-3 in the Big 8 Conference.

The men’s basketball team fared no better, losing 77-63. Their losing trend continues, as the team is now 3-15, and 0-6 in the conference.

Sierra’s men are just above ARC in the standings with an 8-11-1 record, and neither team will make the playoffs this season.

Point guard Damion Trujillo continues to lead the team in scoring while coming off the bench, and scored 22 points in the game. Trujillo went 8-9 from the free throw line, while the rest of the Beavers went 10-29.

With no hope for the playoffs, the rest of the season should be a learning experience for the high number of freshman on the team.

Freshmen forward Nazarly Yakimchuk takes it to the hoop in Friday’s game against the Sierra College Wolverines.

Freshman forward Nazarly Yakimchuk takes it to the hoop in Friday’s game against the Sierra College Wolverines. Photo by Phillip Kingsley