EPHRAIM, Utah — The College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team lost the Region 18 title game 87-86 to Salt Lake Community College on Saturday night, and the finish was frantic.
After falling behind 18-7 early in the first half, CSI built a 41-37 lead at halftime. The game was back-and-forth the rest of the game — nine lead changes overall — and CSI trailed late. But a converted and-one from Tommy Burton gave the Golden Eagles an 83-81 lead with 1:20 left, and the sophomore made it 85-81 on a putback with 29 seconds to go.
SLCC’s Dalven Brushier nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one point, but Burton went back to the free-throw line with about 15 seconds left. He made the first foul shot but missed the second. On the next possession, SLCC drained a corner 3 to take the lead. Jake Hendricks dribbled down the court and fired a 35-footer at the buzzer, but it was an airball.
Burton’s missed free throw dampened an otherwise strong game for him. He scored 11 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, shot 4-of-9 from the field and finished 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
CSI sophomore guard Danya Kingsby scored a game-high 25 points on efficient shooting — 7-of-14 from the field, 3-of-7 from 3, 8-of-8 from the line — and freshman Roberto Gittens added 14 points (4-of-6 from 3)
Region 18 player of the year Charles Jones Jr. racked up four fouls and finished with two points (1-for-5 from the field) in 24 minutes for the Golden Eagles.
CSI (27-5) still has a chance to earn an at-large berth into the NJCAA tournament.
CSI women’s basketball falls in title game
EPHRAIM, Utah — The CSI women’s basketball team started strong but couldn’t hold on, losing 79-70 to Salt Lake CC in the Region 18 title game Saturday night.
CSI led 23-10 through one quarter, but the lead was cut to five points at halftime. The Golden Eagles led 55-54 through three quarters, but a 25-15 fourth helped the Bruins pull out the win.
Tia Hay keyed the SLCC comeback. She finished with a game-high 32 points on sensational shooting: 12-of-17 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3, 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Sydney Clark scored a CSI-high 17 points without missing a field goal (5-of-5 on 2s, 2-of-2 on 3s). Mallory Lapoole added 16 points (5-of-11 from the field), and Chesney Campbell had 10 (3-of-4).
The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 23-9 record.
CSI track has solid showing at nationals
LUBBUCK, Texas — The CSI indoor distance track team had a successful weekend at the NJCAA national championships.
On Friday, CSI’s Shaylee Hill finished fifth in the women’s 5000-meter race with a time of 18:26.78, followed by teammate Bailey Wall in 10th (19:17.76) and Kayli Draney in 11th (19:30.99).
The CSI women’s distance relay time finished eighth with a time of 13:16.34.
Ezekiel Stelzer and Chase Barrow were the top Golden Eagle men in the 5000. Stelzer finished 14th (15:56.69), and Barrow was 17th (16.01.59).
CSI’s Eric Fitzpatrick was seeded sixth heading into the meet, but he withdrew because of an injury.
On Saturday, Riley Taylor finished 13th in the men’s mile (4:25.35), and teammate Clayton VanDyke was right behind him in 14th (4:25.52).
The CSI outdoor distance track program will begin its season on March 30 at the Utah Valley University Invitational.
CSI softball sweeps SLCC in doubleheader
ST. GEORGE, Utah — The CSI softball team rebounded from a doubleheader sweep on Friday by sweeping Salt Lake CC in Saturday’s doubleheader, splitting the Scenic West Athletic Conference-opening series.
The Golden Eagles appeared to be on their way to another loss in Saturday’s first game, in which they trailed 3-0 through four innings. But they erupted for eight runs in the top of the fifth inning, and they never trailed again.
CSI first baseman Nicole Renner hit three home runs in Friday’s doubleheader, and she continued her hot streak Saturday. The sophomore hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Golden Eagles a 4-3 lead, and she hit a solo shot in the sixth to cap the scoring. She added a double in the game and finished 3-for-4.
Renner’s teammate Siearrah Anderson went 3-for-3 with a double, and Hannah Peterson went 2-for-4 with a double.
CSI had another big inning in game two, scoring five runs in the top of the first. But SLCC responded with one run in the bottom of the first, three in the second and two in the third to take a 6-5 lead.
The Golden Eagles came right back with three runs in fourth, then added three in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull away.
Renner was relatively quiet in the game (1-for-4 with a walk), but she had ample help. Mikelle Magalogo went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and a walk. Melanie Groenewegen finished 3-for-5 with a solo blast, and Tristin Evans was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.
CSI (12-6, 2-2) will continue road SWAC play next weekend against Snow College. The four-game series will begin with a doubleheader on Friday.