SACRAMENTO -- Three Modesto College players scored 16 points and the Pirates defeated Columbia 80-72 in the third-place game of the Clark Classic men's basketball tournament at Cosumnes River College on Saturday night.
Modesto trailed by eight points with 7 minutes remaining, but cut the deficit to 68-67 in the subsequent 2 minutes and was able to pull away down the stretch.
Ricky Inderbitzin, Tashawn Mabry and Brenden Evans each finished with 16 points for the Pirates. Evans finished with 14 rebounds and Mabry totaled 9. Inderbitzin connected on four 3-pointers.
"It wasn't anything real complicated," said MJC coach Paul Brogan. "We were able to finish around the basket. We were getting great shots all night, we just weren't finishing. The defensive intensity really picked up in the final 5 minutes."
The Pirates will see action again on Tuesday when they open play in the 75th annual MJC Basketball Tournament against the Simpson University junior varsity team.
CAL POLY POMONA 63, CAL STATE STANISLAUS 43, at Turlock The Warriors shot a frosty 30 percent and scored 19 points in the second half as the 14th-ranked Broncos stayed unbeated in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
The Warriors fall to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the CCAA, while Cal Poly Pomona moves to 6-0 and 3-0.
Marcellus Pullum scored a season-high 15 points and Marcus Walters chipped in 11, the same total as the other four starters combined. Walters also grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Mitchell Anderson had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Terrence Drisdom scored 15 for Cal Poly Pomona.
CAL POLY POMONA 82, CAL STATE STANISLAUS 62, at Turlock Briana Cotton came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Warriors from suffering their sixth straight defeat.
Cal State Stanislaus kept pace in the first half, shooting at a sharp 50 percent clip. Erin Godde had all 10 of her points and Lauren Godde scored nine of her 13 in the first half.