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VC, MC mbb starting strong

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The men's basketball teams started strong over the weekend at the We Play Hard tournament in Ventura.

No. 4-ranked Ventura College is 3-0 for the first time since 2003-04 after winning the tournament for the first time by topping Orange Coast, No. 3 Saddleback and No. 10 Antelope Valley.

And the Pirates did so without a key player. Forward Najee Salaam missed the weekend with a foot injury. Several newcomers picked up the slack, including 6-foot-3 guard Ivan Dooley, who averaged 19.3 points; 6-4 wing Jaylin Airington, who averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds; and 6-6 forward Anthony Mormon, who averaged 15.0 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Moorpark (2-1) showed promise by beating Los Angeles Valley and Pasadena City to win the consolation title.

Sophomore forward Sahdi Odu may be the Raiders' lone returner, but the Raiders have some outside shooting with guards Spencer Levy and D.J. Saul, a scorer in former Oxnard High star Matt Ramon and size with 6-8 Jordan Garrett and 6-6 Zach Davis.

Ventura opens the Irvine Valley tournament today at 4 p.m. against 2-0 Canyons. Moorpark hosts East Los Angeles (1-1) Saturday at 5 p.m.

Salaam, Griffin honored by WSC

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A pair of Ventura College basketball players earned Western State Conference North Division Players of the Week awards this week.

Freshman Najee Salaam earned men's honors by pouring in 30 points and 23 points in wins over Santa Barbara City and Oxnard, respectively. In the process, the 6-foot-5 freshman, who leads the WSC in field goal percentage (59.8 percent), was 22 of 28 from the field.

Sophomore point guard Rebecca Griffin earned the women's nod by scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and adding six assists in the Pirates 76-40 win over Oxnard Feb. 8.
The WSC South women's Player of the Week was also a familiar face. Former VC guard Jausecca Cockeral earned the award after scoring 27 and 19 points in wins last week for Bakersfield College.

Pirates bouncing back

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Meanwhile, the Ventura College men's basketball team (14-11, 6-2) bounced back from Saturday's stunning loss by putting on an offensive show in Wednesday's 103-80 win over visiting Los Angeles Pierce, the first time this season the Pirates hit triple digits in regulation.

"We've kept (the loss) in our minds," said forward Najee Salaam, "and we bounced back."

"We've been regrouping mentally," said point guard Zalmico Harmon. "We know all the things we could have done to win that game."

Harmon, who missed a free throw with 1.9 seconds left that could have forced overtime at Cuesta, said he was in the gym to make 500 free throws both Sunday morning and afternoon.

"I know if I had made that free throw, we would have won that game," said Harmon. "But we're moving on."

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Ventura County Star sports writer and columnist Joe Curley covers college sports and soccer for this Star. This is the place to click for local college football and basketball coverage, including USC, UCLA, Moorpark College, Ventura College and Cal Lutheran.

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