The run has ended.
The Cuesta College men’s basketball team fell to top-seeded Citrus 83-79 in the semifinals of the Southern California Regional Playoffs on Wednesday night.
“Very sad way to end the season. Citrus obliterated us on the offensive boards,” Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair said. “The game was basically won in the first half.”
Cuesta, the No. 9 seed, had a chance to win in the closing minute. Kenny Robinson hit a 3-pointer to pull the Cougars within 79-77 after Cuesta trailed Citrus by 10 points at halftime.
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But Brandon Woods missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer with 27 seconds left, Citrus grabbed the rebound and hit free throws down the stretch for the win.
The Cougars (24-8) had three players post double figures in scoring. Both Malte Kramer and Robinson led the Cougars with 18 points, while Calen Coleman scored 16.
Plamen Hristov led Cuesta with eight rebounds.
Earlier Wednesday, Kramer was named Western State Conference Player of the Year, earning him an automatic spot on the California Community College Athletic Association All-State team.
He came into Wednesday’s game averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game and set a program record with his .471 shooting percentage from 3-point range.
Blair was named the WSC Coach of the Year, after leading the Cougars to an 11-1 record in conference play.
Coleman received all-WSC first-team honors, while Hristov, Sofian M’Rad and Jeremy Landenbergue made honorable mention.
Three Cougars named all-conference
Paso Robles High graduate Kati Sheldon, Atascadero graduate Alyssa Palma and Katie Rodriguez were named to all-WSC teams.
Sheldon earned her second consecutive first-team selection after she averaged 12 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this year.
Palma also was named to the first team, averaging 12.1 points, 2.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Rodriguez averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists per game to earn honorable mention honors.
MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly finished the first day ranked eighth with 44 points.
Elliot Adams placed 13th in the 3-meter dive with a career-best score of 147.70 points. He also placed 16th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 200.90 points.
Joseph Wasko, Jimmy Deiparine, Jesse McWhirk and Mackey Hopen placed eighth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 32.20 seconds.
The team of Christian Renfro, Konrad Antoniuk, Eddie Huang and Adrian Brynnel finished eighth in the 800 freestyle.
Cal Poly game moved to Friday night
Cal Poly’s Big Sky Conference matchup against Weber State, which was originally scheduled for Saturday Oct. 6, has been moved forward a day to Friday, Oct. 5.
Kickoff time for the game will be announced at a later date.