After several months of practices, the Clipper men’s basketball team finally had their pre-season opener against the junior varsity squad of Concordia University on Nov. 16 and were defeated 88 to 76.
“As a team we did good, we have a lot of room to grow,” said Slanblaytee Kaye, Clipper point guard, “It was only our first game.” He had 12 points and seven assists for the team.
For coach Aaron Landon, he was coaching against a school he was all too familiar with. He was an assistant coach at Concordia University from 2011 to the end of last season. On top of that this was also his debut as the SPSCC head men’s basketball coach.
Freshman guard Joseph Johnson led the team with 26 points; shooting 50 percent from within the three-point line. Freshman guard Austin Bonds added his own 26 points and six steals. The Clippers scored a total of 28 points off of turnovers alone, and 18 of 24 were from the free throw line.
The team faced Edmonds Community College on Nov. 20. Head Coach Aaron Landon said, it was a good time to measure ourselves. The Clippers lost 89 to 70 but will get another chance to play Edmonds on Dec. 13 in Lynnwood. “We need to be able to see growth,” said Landon.
Edmonds won the Northern Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) with a 13-1 record and was the runner-up in the NWAACC Championships in 2013. They scored 22 points alone off second chance opportunities, and put up 34 points off of 30 Clipper turnovers.
Clipper guard Joseph Johnson led the team with 22 points, post Brandon McGurkin pulled down 11 rebounds for the team, and point guard Slanblaytee Kaye added seven steals and nine assists.