49ers kick off round three tonight: San Jose City is Yuba's final barrier from first CCCAA Elite Eight since 2018

Mar. 8—The Yuba College men's basketball team's first Northern California Elite Eight matchup in two years is set for tonight (Saturday) at 7 p.m. when the fifth-seeded 49ers hit the road to No. 4 San Jose City College for the first matchup between the schools since 2022.

The winner earns a spot into the California Community College Athletic Association state Elite Eight, which features the top-4 from NorCal and Southern California's four-best teams.

The CCCAA state Elite Eight begins March 15 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. For Yuba College, it has not reached the state Elite Eight since 2018 — the last of its six appearances since 2004 under head coach Doug Cornelius.

This year's Cornelius' led squad has won 21 straight, capped by last week's CCCAA round two win over Skyline College. Yuba College (27-2), the sixth-best scoring team in the state, is led offensively by sophomore, Medford native Devon Malcolm, who is averaging a shade over 16 points a game. Caden Flowers, one of the team's seven sophomores is Yuba's No. 2 scorer at just over 13 a contest.

Majer Sullivan, the team's big body in the middle at 6-foot-9, 240-pound, converts at one of the highest clips in the state at 68.9 percent. San Jose (22-7) will counter offensively with its top weapon, sophomore Isaiah Saams-Hoy, a San Jose native who is averaging just over 12 points a game.

Defensively, San Jose ranks eighth in scoring defense, giving up 65 points per game. Yuba is 12th at 66.8 ppg.

In the teams' last meeting, San Jose won 83-76 when Jacob Harper led the team with 17 points. Flowers and RJ Smith each scored 14 points for Yuba in the December 2022 matchup.

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Dhaliwal, Butte College host Cosumnes River today

Karine Dhaliwal, last year's top scorer on the Yuba City High girls basketball team, helped top-seeded Butte College to its opening-round win over Hartnell last weekend, 81-57.

Dhaliwal appeared in eight minutes and chipped in two points on 1-for-5 shooting from the field. Dhaliwal and Butte (28-1) will host No. 8 Cosumnes River (23-6) with a spot in the state Elite Eight on the line starting March 14 at Mt SAC College in Walnut.

Butte advanced all the way to the CCCAA state final a year ago where it fell to Orange Coast College.

Tipoff Saturday night is set for 6 p.m. at Butte College's Cowan Gym.