The Cabrillo College Seahawks emerged from Wednesday night’s tightly contested game in the Adobe Palace against the Hartnell College Panthers victorious and ready for tonight’s Top-25 showdown.
Cabrillo captain Trey Whitley, a sophomore guard from Santa Cruz, led the game in scoring yet again with 23 points and made 7-of-8 free throws, as the Seahawks held on for a nine-point victory over the Panthers, 78-69.
Cabrillo’s attempt to earn at least a share of its ninth consecutive Coast Conference South title will be on the line tonight. The Seahawks (18-5, 5-1) travel to Gilroy to face off with the Gavilan College Rams (21-2, 6-0).
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Last year, the two programs were forced to split the conference title after both failed to protect their home courts in head-to-head matchups.
According to the most recent Top-25 poll released by the CCCMBCA, Gavilan College is ranked No. 6 in the state while Cabrillo is ranked No. 19.
Yeskin Williams, a Cabrillo sophomore forward from Pearland, Texas, registered his fourth double-double in conference play on Wednesday with 15 points and 11 boards to go along with three assists.
In other junior college action from Jan. 31-Feb. 6:
• Cabrillo 66 , Hartnell 28 - Cabrillo’s freshman guard Savanah Quintana-Martin came off the bench to lead all players in scoring with 15 points in Wednesday evening’s obliteration of the visiting Panthers.
Sophomore Cabrillo guard Heleyna Hill finished with her second-lowest point total of the season (12) despite taking 14 attempts from beyond the arc.
The Seahawks (14-4, 5-1) travel to Gilroy to face off against the Gavilan College Rams (6-12, 3-3).
Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
• Cold week for Seahawks - The Seahawks ran into a cold spell this week getting outscored 17-7 over a two-game stretch.
After allowing a heartbreaking walk-off single in Feb. 1’s 3-2 at Diablo Valley College (3-2), the Seahawks’ pitching staff was lit up by the visiting West Valley College Vikings (2-5) for 14 runs on Tuesday.
Seahawk shortstop Kai Moody, a sophomore from San Francisco, has accounted for a hit in four out of five games so far this season, and logged multi-hit efforts in both losses this week.
Cabrillo returns to action on Feb. 14 with a road game against Delta College before hosting Feather River College and Contra Costa College in back-to-back games the following two days.