Victoria College men win in 30-point rout

Stephen Herzog

Feb. 16, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.

The Victoria College men's basketball team plays at three speeds: fast, faster and warp speed.

If they're not completely under control, it can get sloppy. But when they're clicking, they're hard to stop.

Luckily for the Pirates, they were mostly clicking in a 108-78 win over Palo Alto College on Wednesday night.

In its final home game of the season, VC celebrated "Sophomore Night," and started the team's five second-year players.

Four of those players, Jonathan Flores, D.J. Hybner, A.J. Irwin and C.J. Smalls, have played for coach Jona Anderson from the beginning of the team's short history. The fifth, Carlos Cortez, was a recent addition mid-season.

All five made their presence felt in the win.

Flores and Cortez caught fire in the second half, when scored 14 and 12, respectively, on their way to 21 and 17.

Irwin added 11, Smalls had 10 and Hybner did a little of everything with seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

They were just half the equation, as VC used 10 players interchangeably throughout the game.

"We've got 10 equal guys," Anderson said. "It's been that way all year, everybody knows their role."

It also helps to have fresh legs in the relentless press used by the Pirates.

"We have three different presses," Anderson said. "We used them all tonight."

Donte McGee scored 13 points and Colten Clay had eight points, seven rebounds and five assists.

But the focus of the night was the five sophomores, as they played in their final home game as Pirates.

"I can't say enough about those guys," Anderson said. "They've been leaders on and off the floor the whole time they've been here."

But Anderson stressed the season isn't over.

The Pirates still have four games to play, and have their sights set on a conference championship.



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