Home » Cabrillo men’s basketball team wins Saltwater Classic, moves to 10-0 | Local Roundup

Cabrillo men’s basketball team wins Saltwater Classic, moves to 10-0 | Local Roundup

The No. 13 state ranked and unbeaten Cabrillo College men’s basketball team knocked off No. 6 Columbia 102-80 in the championship game at the third annual Saltwater Classic in Aptos on Sunday.

The Seahawks made 17 3-pointers and topped 100 points for the fourth straight game and sixth time this season. Their offense is averaging 94 point per game and is ranked No. 2 in the state.

“We shot the ball exceptionally well,” Seahawks coach James Page said. “You make 17 threes, you’re doing something right.

Freshman guard Jalen Cunningham made five 3s and finished with 25 points for the Seahawks (10-0), who are off to their best start in school history.

Sophomore guard Darius Best and sophomore forward Solomon Tucker each scored 17 points for Cabrillo. Sophomore forward Clarence Martin made four 3s and scored 14 points.

Freshman guard Rashaud Bradley scored 27 points to lead the Claim Jumpers (10-1). Sophomore guards Kai Jordan and Jonathan Dillon each scored 21 points.

Cabrillo led 46-42 at the half.

The Seahawks, who sub heavily and pride themselves on their uptempo play, were in foul trouble for much of the game. Columbia made 21 of its 31 free-throw attempts.

Cabrillo’s fouls, and the ensuing stoppages in play, “kept us from wearing on them,” Page said.

The Seahawks shot 11 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Cabrillo’s early-season success could go a long way in its bid to advance to the postseason, especially with No. 1 West Valley (8-0), No. 12 San Jose City (8-2) and No. 19 Monterey Peninsula (7-1) also competing in the Coast Conference South Division.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us once conference play starts in January,” Page said.

The Seahawks play at Napa Valley (0-9) on Saturday at 4 p.m.

High school wrestling

Peninsula Invitational: Santa Cruz County had three wrestlers crowned as champions at the 56th annual Peninsula Invitational at Half Moon Bay High on Saturday.

Aptos senior Diego Hernandez (113 pounds), Santa Cruz junior Balam Letona (120), and San Lorenzo Valley junior Grady Cloyd (175) took first place in their respective weight classes.

Hernandez went 4-0 with all four wins coming by fall in his round-robin bracket.

Letona went 5-0. He posted four wins in pool B and earned an 8-1 decision over Capuchino senior Raphael Cabitac in the final.

Cloyd went 4-0 with all four wins coming via fall. He pinned North Monterey County senior Skyler Orozco in 2:00 in the final.

SLV senior Logan Hede (165) took second. he was pinned by Gilroy sophomore Kaleo Garcia in 1:36 in the final.

Aptos senior Jaxson Stoner (165), junior teammate Lucas Zuniga (285), and Santa Cruz senior Dylan Gates (157) took third place.

Santa Cruz senior Owen Lawson (190) took fourth, and SLV’s Noa Roton (150) took seventh place.

Gilroy (157.0 points) won the 20-team event. Serra (146.0) took second, and Leland (124.0) was third. Aptos, Santa Cruz, and Sequoia finished in a three-way tie for ninth place with 53.0 totals.


SLO CAL Open: Four locals are in the men’s draw and five locals are in the women’s draw at the World Surf League’s SLO CAL Open at Morro Bay, a Qualifying Series 1,000-point event.

The competition window opens Monday and runs through Sunday.

Santa Cruz’s Adam Bartlett goes in Heat 5 in the Round of 112. Three other Santa Cruzans open in the Round of 64: John Mel (Heat 4), Shaun Burns (Heat 6), and Sam Coffey (Heat 14).

Santa Cruz’s Kaikoura Nauenberg (Heat 2), Capitola’s Maddie Storrer (Heat 4), Capitola’s Olivia Storrer (Heat 6) open in the Round of 48 in the women’s draw. Santa Cruz’s Keanna Miller (Heat 3) and Esme Brigham (Heat 8) open in the Round of 32.

Reporting Scores

Coaches are encouraged to report scores and highlights to sports@santacruzsentinel.com following games. Please include your name and contact number in the email.