CCC’s men’s and women’s basketball on a roll

Clackamas Community College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have been on a roll as of late.

The men’s team won their fifth straight game Saturday as the Cougars stunned the 10-2 Umpqua Riverhawks 81-65. Freshman guard Clay Sullivan was hot from 3-point range early in the contest, shooting 3-4 from beyond the arc and adding two points at the charity stripe. Sullivan’s 13 points led Clackamas in scoring in the first half with sophomore swingman Adan Gehrig adding 10 and freshman guard Devon Banks scoring nine points off the bench.

The Cougars continued to increase their lead in the second half and 3-pointer from Sullivan with 15:27 left in the game gave Clackamas a 12 point lead — Umpqua was never able to get back in the game.

Clackamas shot 48.3 percent from the field led by Gehrig (19 points), Sullivan (16 points) and freshman guard Robert Ford (13 points). Freshman post Matt O’Brien finished the night with 11 points and four blocks while Banks and freshman wing Tariq Harris added 10 points apiece.

The Cougars now sit in fourth place with a league record of 8-4 and travel to Clark College Wednesday to take on the Penguins (13-10, 5-7).

The women’s team won an overtime thriller in Roseburg to win their fourth straight game, beating the 21-4, 10-2 Riverhawks 93-87.

Sophomore guard CJ “Buckets” Buckley scored 36 on 12-20 shooting for the Cougars, with seven of her 36 points coming in overtime.

Freshman guard Ambreece Gaskins and sophomore guard Miranda Jensen added 14 points apiece off the bench while freshman post Landy Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds.

The contest was mostly tight wire to wire, but at the beginning of the fourth quarter Clackamas held an eight-point lead 69-61.

Umpqua continued to claw back into the game, tying it 78-78 with 4:08 left to play.

Buckley made a pair of free throws to give the Cougars an 83-81 lead with less than a minute to play, but Umpqua’s freshman forward Darian Mitchell tied things up at 83-83 on the next possession with a layup.

Buckley opened the scoring for Clackamas in overtime with a layup to make it 85-83. Umpqua led briefly, but a layup by freshman guard Paige Downer with 17 seconds left in overtime gave the Cougars the lead for good. Buckley iced the game by hitting four foul shots in the final 10 seconds.

The 93-87 win was Clackamas’ first over Umpqua since they beat the Riverhawks 97-95 on Feb. 13, 2016, that game also stretching into overtime.

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Jacob Thompson