City College men to host playoff opener (with update)

Knights coach, six players honored by the conference, including MVP Jonathan Ogugua


City College sophomore guard Jonathan Ogugua earned PCAC Most Valuable Player. City College Athletics photo

Antonio Contreras, Multimedia Journalist

9:20 p.m.: Story updated to reflect results of March 1 game between No. 13 Irvine Valley (18-11) and No. 20 Long Beach City (18-11).

The San Diego City College men’s basketball team is set to host the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association regional playoff in Harry West Gym on March 3 at 7 p.m.

City is seeded No. 4 and will play No. 20 Long Beach City (18-11) after the Vikings’ 78-69 victory over No. 13 Irvine Valley (18-11) on March 1.

The Knights (25-3, 16-0) are coming off a historic regular season, capturing their ninth Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and their first since 2001 after finishing conference play undefeated. 

This came after two forfeited victories over Imperial Valley College in the closing week of the regular season. The two games were forfeited due to travel issues and IVC not having enough players to play. 

Not counting the two forfeits, City has won 14 straight conference games by a margin of 24 points or more. 

In addition to a playoff bid, a handful of players were honored with all-conference awards on Feb 26. 

Interim Head Coach Andy Ground was named PCAC Coach of the Year and sophomore guard Jonathan Ogugua earned PCAC Most Valuable Player. 

Five other Knights players were also named to the all-conference team including sophomore Drew Cisse (first team), freshman Josh Williams (first team), sophomore Makiah Morris (second team), freshman Antony Howell (second team), and freshman Graham Cook (honorable mention).

Thursday’s home playoff game will be live-streamed on the Knight’s YouTube channel and spectators will be admitted but will need to wear masks at all times, confirmed Athletic Director Aaron Detty. 

There will be limited capacity in the north bleachers of the gym. 

The winner will be moving on to play the winner of No. 5 Santiago Canyon (22-5) vs. No. 12 Cerro Coso (22-6) or No. 21 MiraCosta (14-14) on March 5.