The Cuesta College men’s basketball team advanced to a matchup with No. 2 City College of San Francisco via a 68-55 win over Napa Valley on Saturday at the San Joaquin Delta Tournament in Stockton.
Phillip Jiminez scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds for the Cougars.
“He had a breakout game,” Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair said. “He’s always been our fifth guy — our hidden guy. But after tonight (other teams) will definitely know about him.”
The Cougars (12-2) shot 55 percent from the field while holding Napa Valley to 46 percent.
“A lot of guys aren’t willing to make that kind of defensive effort,” Blair said. “Teams aren’t used to seeing defense the way this team plays it.”
Templeton High grad Seth Koenig had 18 points coming off a facial injury that limited his productivity recently.
Blair said Koenig looked to be back playing at his full capacity and that post defenders were having trouble with the 6-foot-3 forward’s quickness down low.
Xavier Mylleville had another double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Cuesta will play City College of San Francisco at 2 p.m. today in the tournament’s championship game.
The Rams (13-1) coasted past host Delta in the other semifinal, leading by as many as 30 points early in the second half.
“We’re going to have waves of talent coming at us all game,” Blair said. “On paper if you look at the records we look evenly matched, but this is a true David versus Goliath matchup.”
Loyola Marymount 80, Cal Poly 63
After leading 32-26, Cal Poly faltered down the stretch.
Junior forward Kristina Santiago recorded her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Cal Poly (5-4), which shot 32.4 percent as a team.
At one point the Mustangs led by as many as 10 on consecutive 3-pointers by sophomore guard Christine Martin.
Loyola Marymount scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.Becky Tratter added 10 points for the Mustangs.
Southwestern 62, Cuesta 60
Raleigh O’Brien led Cuesta (3-9) with 14 points.
Lauren Maurer and Valerie Gee followed with 12 points each for the Cougars.
Cuesta led 34-30 at halftime and by as many as 11 in the second half. Down one with seven seconds remaining, the Cougars turned the ball over and were forced to foul. They missed a final desperation attempt at the buzzer.