Team effort: Yuba blows out Solano for 13th straight victory

Jan. 29—Depth concerns for the Yuba College men's basketball team might have been answered at home Friday night as the 49ers had five players drop double figures, including a pair of freshmen reserves, to win their 13th straight game, 95-67 over Solano College.

Yuba College moved to 19-2 overall and 9-0 in the Bay Valley Conference — two-and-a-half games up on second place Mendocino.

Doug Cornelius' squad hits the road Wednesday to take on College of Marin in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the women's team.

Yuba College exploded out of the gate against Solano (4-17, 2-7 BVC), jumping out to a 12-5 lead within the first five minutes on a steal-and-finish from leading scorer Devon Malcolm. The hosts expanded their lead to 18-9 when fellow sophomore Demarreya Lewis-Cooper finished a layup inside and drew the foul at the 14 minute, 18-second mark of the opening half. Defense was again the catalyst after Yuba College forced multiple turnovers to get out in transition for easy ones against Solano.

However, it was the turnovers that Yuba was committing that frustrated Cornelius early.

"We had eight turnovers in our first 20 possessions," he said. "It's another slow start. It's what it is, we're winning games and it's hard to complain when you are winning games by 30, but it's not where we want to be going into the playoffs."

Cornelius was very happy with the team's bench scoring as Rohan Sheemar converted a trio of 3-pointers late in the first half, while fellow freshman Dylan Harms converted the first of his two 3s to push it over 20 at the 3:26 mark of the first half.

Yuba had a 56-36 at the break thanks in part to its two freshmen reserves.

Malcolm would again lead the way with 20 points, while 6-foot-9 forward Majer Sullivan scored 13 and sophomore guard Caden Flowers dropped a trio of 3s in a span of a few minutes as Yuba kept its foot on the pedal to balloon its lead to 78-51 at the 10:34 mark of the second half.

Cornelius praised Sullivan's effort as the team's key piece in the middle.

"He's a monster, he could be an NFL tight end," Cornelius said. "He's a big piece for us and almost gets double and triple-teamed every game so that is leaving shooters and cutters open."

Yuba had 80 points at just inside the final 10-minute mark, alerting Cornelius to again empty the bench for the remainder of the game.

"We built ourselves a pretty solid bench that we can use going forward," Cornelius said.

If Yuba runs the table through its final seven games it will finish the regular season with its second straight unbeaten BVC title, a 20-game win streak and 26-2 on the year.

"Right now I would see us anywhere from a four to an eight (seed)," Cornelius said. "We just got to take care of our own business and try to finish 26-2."

Yuba is back home Feb. 7 to take on Alameda at 7:30 p.m at the Marysville campus.

Women's basketball

Yuba College was beaten by BVC leader Solano in Friday's opener, 81-39 to fall to 1-20 overall and 0-8 in conference.

The 49ers got behind 38-18 at the break and 65-31 through three quarters.

Alliyah Hayes led Solano with 19 points as the visitors maintained a game lead over second place Laney in the BVC.

Yuba is at Marin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.