The Salt Lake Community College men’s basketball team suffered its first loss on Friday Nov. 15 to Casper College, 66-59, at the Wright Physical Therapy Shootout hosted by the College of Southern Idaho. The Bruins bounced back Saturday to defeat Western Nebraska, 91-72.
The start of a three game road trip did not get off as planned for the Bruins. The team fell behind Casper College by as much as 19 points and ended the first half down eight, 36-28. However, the Bruins were unable to overcome the slow start, shooting only 3-22 from behind the three point line, losing their first game of the season, 66-59.
The next day, SLCC bounced back in impressive form, defeating Western Nebraska Community College 91-72. The Bruins dominated the game from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Sophomores Jaden Jackson and Collin Woods put in 17 points to aid in the victory.
After this weekend the Bruins’ record stands at 6-1. Coach Todd Phillips will have a long layover to get his team ready before heading to Rock Springs, WY to take on Western Wyoming Community College on Nov. 26.
The Bruins defeated Western Wyoming 93-82, on Nov. 9 in Salt Lake City.
Sophomore guard and standout Gary Payton II has decided to continue his playing career at Oregon State University next year. Payton II signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 17.
OSU is the same college where Payton II’s father and NBA legend Gary Payton played.