City College of San Francisco opened its new campus athletic facility Friday with a 78-70 win over Skyline in the men’s basketball team’s first game in the building.
Freshman Justin Brownlee dominated the box score with 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He added four assists and four steals for the 21-1 Rams, now undefeated in their new home.
“That put a little bit of hot sauce on it,” Brownlee said. “The excitement of the new gym, it was brighter in there and big.”
Coach Justin Labagh said CCSF failed to shoot as well as usual, going 31-of-65, because of trouble adjusting to the greater depth of the arena.
The basketball court takes up half of a large gymnasium room in the complex, which includes swimming pools, dance studios, karate studios and weight training and exercise machines, all available for student fitness and physical education. Until the new gym opened with the first day of classes two weeks ago, CCSF’s athletic facilities were limited to small fieldhouses on the eastern edge of campus.
“It was hard for people to even dare to take a class there,” CCSF Chancellor Phil Day said. “[Now] registration for the fitness center is almost overwhelming, in terms of student traffic and people in the community using the building.”
Day said the building took nearly two years to finish, with the process aided by largely favorable weather. But the weather did not cooperate Friday, with rain coming in sheets throughout the early evening, probably keeping many fans from traveling to the arena’s inaugural game.
One who did make it to his seat was Gerald Hargraves, a former CCSF student and teacher and brother of San Francisco Golden Gloves champion Richard Hargraves. He called the new gym “a big improvement.”
“I don’t know if it’s better for the players, but it’s a lot nicer,” Hargraves said. “It’s beautiful. I’m sure they put a lot of money into it. It almost gives it a big-college feel.”
Skyline 38 32 — 70
CCSF 43 35 — 78
3-pointers: S—Ngo 4, Freeman 1, Whitley 1. C—Owens 3, Wiley 1, Martin 1. Rebound leaders: S—Darren Morrison 7. C—Sallie 8. Assist leaders: S—Morrison 3. C—Brownlee 4.