The City College of San Francisco women’s and men’s basketball team both won by large margins in a home doubleheader Friday night. The women went first against San Jose City College and won 82-38 while the men moved to 18-1 on the year with a 95-58 victory over Foothill College.
The women got off to a 15-0 run over the first five minutes of their game, as head coach Derek Lau deployed a full court press that caused headaches for San Jose.
Freshman forward Errayana Hatfield made big plays for the Rams all game, racking up five rebounds, two blocks, 19 points and six of CCSF’s staggering 23 steals.
“She just knows what is always going on,” Lau said. “She watches a lot of film, and she never overplays things since she knows right before it is going to happen. She has been doing her homework”
On offense, Hatfield, a San Francisco native and Sacred Heart Cathedral alumna, was adept in the paint and also with her mid-range jumper.
“I felt very good tonight,” Hatfield said. “Our guards ran the floor and got me open. It was just one of those games where we had to get the ball around, and everyone was putting it in the basket.”
Thanks to their suffocating defense and fast break efficiency, City College got off to a 27-7 first quarter lead, and even though the Rams didn’t score much for the rest of the game, the defense was able to stifle San Jose, wire to wire.
Sophomore guard Samantha Erisman provided City College with quality outside shooting, and ended the game as the leading scorer with 23 points, and added five assists and four steals.
“She is the one who gets us going offensively and defensively all season long,” Lau said. “We look to her to make big shots.”
In addition to Hatfield and Erisman, sophomore forward Ma’ata Makoni finished with 20 points for the Rams (14-2), going 8-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Makoni used her brawn to own the paint all night, pulling down 11 rebounds, and adding two steals.
“Ma’ata is just a beast down there,” Lau said. “She puts her mind to it, she can do anything.”
The men’s team played just as well in their 95-58 win over Foothill College, but, unlike the women’s team, they didn’t start off so hot.
For the first eight minutes of the game, Foothill kept pace with the Rams, but the City College press — like that of the women in the early game — finally began to take its toll. The tight defense forced steals, turnovers, and violations for not getting the ball over half court within ten seconds. By the end of the first half, the Rams were up 51-28.
“We wanted to play really hard tonight,” men’s head coach Justin Labagh said. “We haven’t had some good practices. In our game against Cañada, we were flat, so we wanted to come out and be really aggressive and we did a good job with that. We wanted to press them, we knew they couldn’t handle the ball.”
Once the defense kicked in, the offense followed suit. Redshirt freshman forward Walter Urbina, who was originally set to play at San Jose State, proved to be a catalyst for the offense, and his three big first half dunks fired up teammates.
“He was due for a good game,” Labagh said. “We really got on him after the Cañada game, thought he didn’t play well, so this was a game he was dialed in. He dialed in all practice this week and it showed during the game.”
Urbina finished with a team-high 18 points, and besides his exciting dunks and strong play down low, he was able to hit shots from the perimeter, finishing with three 3-pointers. It was a nice way to bounce back after only scoring four points in the Ram’s previous game.
“I have been off the last couple games, but my teammates told me to keep shooting and I kept shooting,” Urbina said. “Coach told me I was playing weak and I took that into account. He told me I needed to pick it up for the sake of a title at the end of the year.”
Star sophomore guard Deschon Winston, a Cal transfer, pitched in 15 points, with sophomore swingman Malcolm Johnson adding 15, as well.
With the win, the men’s team is now 18-1. The women’s team is now 14-2, and has won nine games in a row. Both teams will travel to Las Positas College on Wednesday Jan. 23 to play in a doubleheader, with the women’s playing first at 5 p.m. and the men following at 7 p.m.