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ELITE EIGHT: FIRST BERTH – The Brummel Dome was the site of another masterpiece of defensive basketball played by the top seeded SADDLEBACK COLLEGE GAUCHOS. Their opponents, the 9th seeded BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE RENEGADES, trailed them at Halftime by a barely believable score of 26-16. The Renegades stunned the Gauchos after the break by forcing Overtime with a 50-50 tie to end Regulation. In the extra session Saddleback College won the game 64-56. Breaon Brady led the Gauchos with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT: SECOND BERTH – This exciting game pitted the 4 seeds – the EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE HUSKIES – against the 5th seeded MOUNT SAN JACINTO COLLEGE EAGLES. The Huskies parlayed a 32-25 Halftime lead over the Eagles into a 71-52 triumph in the end. The leading scorer for East Los Angeles College was Chandler Redix, who tossed in 17 points for the Huskies.
ELITE EIGHT: THIRD BERTH – The 7th seeded ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE MARAUDERS had their hands full with the 18th seeded CITRUS COLLEGE OWLS. The Marauders actually trailed the upstart Owls 49-43 at the break but came out for the 2nd Half filled with a sense of urgency. Antelope Valley College outscored Citrus College 53-37 for a 96-86 victory. Nevell Lenard led the Marauders with 16 points.
ELITE EIGHT: FOURTH BERTH – Up next the 3 seeds – the CHAFFEY COLLEGE PANTHERS – took the court against the 6th seeded FULLERTON COLLEGE HORNETS. The Panthers had seized a 33-23 advantage by Halftime but let that slip away as the Hornets forced Overtime with a 65-65 tie to end Regulation. In the extra session Chaffey College snuck past Fullerton College with a 73-71 escape. Victor Joseph had 26 points to lead the Panthers.
ELITE EIGHT: FIFTH BERTH – A 5 seed over 4 seed upset followed. The 5th seeded COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS GIANTS (should be the Redwoods) did battle with the 4 seeds – the LAS POSITAS COLLEGE HAWKS. The game was going the Hawks way at first as they led the Giants 41-34 by the midpoint. After the break the College of the Sequoias got red-hot and came from behind for an 87-81 upset win. For the Giants Derek Check notched a Double-Double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT: SIXTH BERTH – The 7 seeds – the CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE COMETS – squared off against the 2nd seeded FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE GOLDEN EAGLES. The Comets had the Golden Eagles scared by Halftime, since they trailed them by a mere 47-44. In the 2nd Half Contra Costa College outproduced Feather River College 62-37 for a Century Club upset. The final score was Comets 106 Golden Eagles 84. Jeremiah Alston put up 25 points for Contra Costa.
ELITE EIGHT: SEVENTH BERTH – The FRESNO CITY COLLEGE RAMS came in as the 3rd seeds and took on the 11th seeded MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE LOBOS. By the break the Rams had compiled a 40-30 lead over the Lobos and added to it from there, ultimately winning the game by a Century Club score of 103-83. Mike Crawley led Fresno City College into the 2016 Elite Eight with his 16 points.
ELITE EIGHT: FINAL BERTH – This game pitted the top seeded CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO RAMS against the 9 seeds – the SANTA ROSA COLLEGE BEAR CUBS. The Rams had virtually no trouble eliminating the Bear Cubs as they converted a 54-36 Halftime advantage into a Century Club victory of 110-69. The leading scorer for City College of San Francisco was Zach Copeland, who logged 24 points.