City College men make history with perfect conference season

Two forfeits by Imperial Valley College this week set up 16-0 Knights for playoffs

Jackson Larsen

The San Diego City College men’s basketball team, including forward Jackson Larsen pictured in a November 2021 game, await their playoff opponent. It will be announced on Saturday. Photo by Will Mauriz/City Times Media

Antonio Contreras, Multimedia Journalist

The San Diego City College men’s basketball team finished the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season with a record of 16-0 after Imperial Valley College forfeited its final two games this week, including tonight’s game set for 7 p.m. at Harry West Gym.

IVC head coach Andrew Robinson confirmed via email the cancellations of the two games were due to travel issues and also not having enough players to compete. Imperial Valley finished with a record of 0-23.

The Knights (25-3 overall) already clinched the conference championship on Feb. 16, their  ninth since 2001 and first since 2017-18.

The 16 PCAC wins are the most in team history and also the fifth time in the last eight years the Knights have gone undefeated in a season.

In 15 of its 16 victories, City won by a margin of 10 or more points. In five of those games, the difference was 30 or more. The Knights’  last loss came against College of the Sequoias, 83-65, in the Fullerton Tournament championship on Dec. 11, 2021. 

City, which is ranked No. 5 in the state, learns who its opponent will be for the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoff on Feb. 26.