Malcolm Johnson of City College of San Francisco drives past two Cañada College defenders in a game on Feb. 6, 2019, at City College of San Francisco (Eric Sun / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Men’s and women’s City College basketball head into playoffs as high seeds

The City College of San Francisco men’s basketball team will be the No. 1 seed in the northern bracket of the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs. Their counterparts on the women’s side will enter seeded No. 5, in brackets released on Monday.

The men, the reigning state champions, get a bye into the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 2, and will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between Cosumnes River (16-12) and Lassen (16-1).

The Rams (27-1) will go into the playoffs armed with Coast Conference North MVP and UC Davis commit Malcolm Johnson, as well as first-team All-Coast Conference North selections Deschon Winston, Quincy Urbina and Emeka Udenyi, as well as second-teamer Austin Harris.

Johnson redshirted before earning Second-Team All-CCAA honors for his play in the the 2017-18 season at Cal State Dominguez Hills, before transferring to City College.

He started all 28 games, shooting 57.9 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from beyond the arc (third on the team) and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. He was third on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg), first in rebounding (8.4), third in assists (2.4) and led the team with 1.1 blocks per game.

The Bakersfield-Centennial alumnus, ranked among the top 10 in the Coast North in rebounding (third), shooting percentage (third) and blocks (second), and was 11th in scoring.

Winston, a sophomore transfer from Cal, started 27 of 28 games, was 10th in the Coast North and second on the team in scoring (13.5), averaged 2.1 assists per game to 1.4 turnovers, was second on the team with 1.7 steals per game and provided an explosive scoring option for the Rams.

Udenyi, a freshman, was fourth in the league and second on the team in field goal percentage (57.1 percent), averaged 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds and dished out a team-high 2.7 assists per game.

Harris had the third-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league (2.3), came off the bench in 23 of his 26 games to shoot 56.7 percent from the field, score 7.8 points and pull down 4.0 rebounds per game.

The Rams women (22-3) will host No. 12-seed Fresno City (18-11) on Saturday, and the winner of that game will face the winner of No. 4 College of the Sequoias (26-3) and No. 13/14 Solano (17-8) on March 9.

Sophomore guard Samantha Erisman also won the conference MVP award, averaging 22.5 points to lead the rams, along with 3.9 rebounds per game, 6.4 assists and a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. She also averaged 3.5 steals per game.

Erisman led the Coast Conference-North in scoring and assists (by a margin of 2.1 per game), was third in assist-to-turnover ratio and second in steals.

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