Cuesta College

Cuesta men's basketball team loses in Delta Tournament final

The Cuesta College men’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting City College of San Francisco squad, losing 86-66 on Sunday in the final of the San Joaquin Delta Tournament in Stockton.

The second-ranked Rams (14-1) shot 53 percent from the field in the first half and led 43-29 at halftime.

“It was a mismatch. They were that good,” Cuesta coach Rusty Blair said. “They were dominating in all facets of the game.”

Top-ranked Riverside lost earlier in the week, so it’s a good bet the Rams will move to No. 1 on the next ballot, Blair said.

“They’re like a team of clones. They are all 6-5, 6-7, long, athletic” Blair said. “They’re all quick athletes.”

Cuesta (12-3) was led by Phillip Jimenez, who scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Roger Guardia and Templeton High grad Seth Koenig scored 10 points apiece. Guardia added a team-high eight rebounds.

Bennie Rhodes had a game-high 23 points for City College of San Francisco.

The Rams enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line, making 17 of 28. Cuesta was 6 of 11 from the line.

The Cougars were out-rebounded 40-31.

Cuesta next plays on Dec. 28 at the Allan Hancock Tournament in Santa Maria. The Cougars open play at 1 p.m. against Fresno City College.