Ventura College Athletics

Pirates Drop Hard-Fought Decision to No. 3 San Bernardino Valley

Pirate freshman Robert Hunt scored 26 points, including hitting six 3-pointers, as VC fell 60-56 in a hard-fought contest against SoCal No. 3-ranked San bernardino Valley in the semifinals fo the Sequoias Tournament in Visalia Saturday. (Photo by Richard Dean)
Pirate freshman Robert Hunt scored 26 points, including hitting six 3-pointers, as VC fell 60-56 in a hard-fought contest against SoCal No. 3-ranked San bernardino Valley in the semifinals fo the Sequoias Tournament in Visalia Saturday. (Photo by Richard Dean)

The VC men's basketball team showed signs of growth Saturday, fighting tooth and nail against SoCal No. 3 San Bernardino Valley before eventually dropping a 60-56 decision in the semifinals of the Kriby Mannon Pepsi/Holiday Inn Tournament at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.  Robert Hunt led the Pirates (6-8) with 26 points, including hitting six 3-pointers and six rebounds.  Toure Atwater netted eight points while Elijah Brown added seven with five assists.

It took the Pirates a few minutes to get going as they allowed SBVC an early 8-0 cushion in the first four minutes. Eric Davis got the Pirates on the board with a three point bucket, but San Bernardino answered with six more points to take the early 14-3 lead. The Pirates would put together an 8-0 of their own on the strength of a Hunt 3-pointer and Toure Atwater steal and dunk, making it 16-11 halfway through the opening period. Hunt added four more treys in the half, finishing with 18 in the opening 20 minutes. His hot hand helped the Pirates take a 30-28 lead into halftime.

The second half would be as competitive as the first, with the Pirates and Wolverines exchanging buckets. Neither side would have a lead of more than five points in the final 20 minutes.  VC tied the score with a Brown to Atwater ally-oop with four minutes left to play, but the Wolverines were able to pull out the four-point victory, 60-65.

Ventura plays in the third-place game on Sunday Dec. 21 at 2:00 pm against Pasadena City College.