Luka Petkovic scored 13 points and Joe Hamilton added 10, but the team scoring woes of the Modesto Junior College men’s basketball team continued in a 70-52 loss to Sierra.
The Pirates (5-19 overall, 2-10 in the Big 8) trailed by only five points at halftime and were within eight points with eight minutes remaining before the Wolverines (14-12, 7-5) pulled away to the victory. Sierra placed four players in double figures, led by Isaiah Pineiro with 19 points.
MJC closes the regular season with two home games, against league-leader Cosumnes River on Tuesday and against Diablo Valley College next Friday.
MJC falls at Sierra – The Pirates (3-20, 2-10 Big 8) stayed with NorCal’s No. 7-ranked team for 18 minutes, trailing the Wolverines 32-26 with 2:21 left in the half behind the 19 first half points of Brianna McGinness. But Sierra (19-8, 8-4) closed the half on a quick 7-2 run to open some space, then pulled away to the 76-42 win.
McGinness finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out, while Natalie Govea added 7 points and 7 rebounds and Jacqueline Kisst grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Modesto was outscored 24-0 from behind the 3-point line.
Modesto JC lost at Sierra College, 76-42. Sierra is ranked #12 in California and #7 in NorCal. The Pirates played a strong first half, trailing 32-26 with 2:21 remaining before intermission. Brianna McGinness scored 19 of her game high 21 points in the first half. McGinness also led her team with 12 rebounds. Natalie Govea added 7 points and 7 rebounds. Jacqueline Kisst grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. The Pirates were playing without injured Kaitlin Gundlach and Taylor Martinez.
MJC 5th – Kyle Head shot a 76 and Spencer Morse and Christian Mullins also broke 80 as the Pirates finished fifth in the second Big 8 Conference tournament of the season at Van Buskirk in Stockton.
Santa Rosa rips MJC – J.T. Barcellos, playing sixth singles, was the lone Pirate to break through with a win as MJC fell 8-1 to Santa Rosa Junior College. Barcellos defeated Mathian Burlingame 7-6, 6-4.
The Pirates will host the 41st annual MJC Invitational today and Saturday, with 14 schools competing on the courts at MJC, Davis Downey and Beyer high schools and at the Brenda Athletic Club.