Riverside Athletics Week in Review – 1/8/18: Women’s Basketball Starts Conference with Two Wins, Men’s Basketball Reigns Supreme in Double-OT Thriller

Riverside Athletics Week in Review – 1/8/18: Women’s Basketball Starts Conference with Two Wins, Men’s Basketball Reigns Supreme in Double-OT Thriller

Men's Basketball

The Tigers kicked off Orange Empire Conference (OEC) last week and did so by hauling in a double-overtime victory against Santiago Canyon, but fell to No. 5 Fullerton College on Friday. With just three seconds remaining in the second overtime period against Santiago Canyon, the Tigers were faced with a two-point deficit. Riverside looked to sophomore guard Brae Ivey for an answer and he responded by rising up and drilling a three pointer as time expired to haul in a 90-87 victory in a contest that saw 14 ties and 14 lead changes. Ivey was a three assists away from notching a triple double. He finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. His 32 points acts as a season-high and he has finished in double-digits in the last five contests. Sophomore guard Andre Wilson followed with 20 points in a clutch way by going 4-for-9 from downtown and hauling in seven rebounds. He has landed in double-digits in each game he has played and holds a nine-game double-digit scoring streak. Riverside hits the road for a pair of conference games next week as they take on Santa Ana and No. 15 Copper Mountain.

In the Rankings

The Tigers currently sit 13th in the southern region according to the latest California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Association (CCCMBCA) ranking. Their most significant win of the season came against the No. 3 East Los Angeles Huskies on December 9th by the final score of 72-63. Additionally, Ivey is currently ranked fourth in the OEC with 18.9 points-per-game.

Women's Basketball

Riverside hauled in two Orange Empire Conference (OEC) victories to kick off conference play on a high note and extended their winning streak to seven games. It was a boat race in both contests with the Tigers defeating Orange Coast, 76-58, followed by a victory over Santa Ana, 82-62. Sophomore forward Joana Adams recorded two-consecutive double-doubles on the week. She began with a 15 point, 14 rebound outburst against Orange Coast and backed her performance with a 17 point, 11 rebound showing against Santa Ana. Sophomore guard Dejah Wright landed in double digits in both contests, along with freshman guard Kimari Hollis. The Tigers hit the road this week and will face off against the south's No. 13 Cypress College and Copper Mountain, respectfully.

In the Rankings

The Tigers are currently ranked 15th in the southern region after hauling in seven-straight victories. They join Irvine Valley (4th) and Cypress (13th) as the lone OEC members to be ranked. Additionally, Wright paces the OEC in points-per-game with 18.9.

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