Men’s Basketball Sports Stunning 6-0 Record


Courtesy of San Jacinto College Marketing, Public Relations and Government Affairs Department

San Jacinto College Men’s Basketball hosts Lone Star College-Kingwood on Nov. 22 for their next home game in Anders Gymnasium (C18) on the Central Campus.

The San Jacinto College Men’s Basketball team faced off and won against the Pirates of Victoria College at home Nov. 11 with a score of 111-57. Going into this game the San Jac Ravens were undefeated with a 4-0 record, but since then, a subsequent win over Temple College puts their record at 6-0.

Against the Pirates, the Ravens started the game with a 15-2 run before Victoria College called their first time out. Ravens Head Coach, Scott Gernander said, “We want to come out of the gate explosively and never look back. We have a way we want to get things done, and the shots were there for us.”

San Jac’s offense was certainly explosive scoring in many different ways. They relied heavily on the three-point shot in the first half, showing success running a perimeter offense. But this style of play changed drastically in the second half.

“We were relying on the three ball too much and needed to show that we could dominate the paint as well,” he said. “We wanted to get our big guys involved.”

This change of offense led San Jac to attack the paint with fervor and fireworks. The fireworks came by way of 11 dunks, with four of those being alley-oops. Starting Guard, Elton Dyer said, “We don’t look for those oops. Just when the moment is right it happens, and it’s a lot of fun to do and to watch even if I’m on the sideline.”

According to Dyer, the whole team followed Gernander’s advice and extended that lead possession after possession resulting in over five players reaching double-digit points.

“We just want to hustle and never stop running,” Dyer said. “We are quick on offense and try hard to push even harder on defense.” 

The only slow-down the team encountered was at the beginning of the second half where it found itself in early foul trouble by racking up six fouls in the first four minutes of the half. One of the players that found himself with three quick fouls was Konstantin Kulikov from Russia. 

“I just needed to stop making mistakes,” Kulikov said. “I am usually much better than that and need to play better in the future.”

Coach Gernander said, “The refs wanted to establish that they weren’t going to accept some things and we made a few adjustments after that. I told our guys to calm down and just play our defense.”

Playing their style of defense and offense, the Ravens coasted to a win up by as much as 57 late in the second half. They followed that appearance with a 116-103 win over Temple College extending their winning streak to six games.

The Ravens’ next home game against Lone Star College-Kingwood starts at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 in Anders Gymnasium (C18) on the Central Campus.