March 17, 2013
Mt. SAC wins men's and women's State JC basketball championships at CRC

It was a double-dose of net-cutting celebration for Mt. San Antonio College of Walnut on Sunday afternoon with history serving as motivation.

The basketball teams became the first from the same school to win California Community College Athletic Association men's and women's state championship in the same season, pulling the feat at Cosumnes River College.

The women Mounties capped a 34-0 season with a 54-41 victory over Mt. San Jacinto College, using a 16-0 run down the stretch to secure the a championship repeat. Mt. SAC has won six state titles since 2004, including a three-peat from 2006-09.

The Mounties became the first unbeaten women's champion since Ventura College went 38-0 in 2000. The others: Riverside went 33-0 in 1986, Sequioas 35-0 in '87 and Ventura 35-1 in '96.

Event MVP Ashley Carter scored 16 points and had seven rebounds, and Shawlina Segovia and Leticia Galarza had 10 each for Mt. SAC to off set the 24 by Mt. San Jacinto's Tina Fantroy.

Segovia, Ashley Burchfield (6 points, 7 rebounds) and 2012 State championship tournament MVP Morgan Mason each have signed letters of intent with Hawaii.

Earlier Sunday, the Mt. SAC men used a late 15-3 run to beat Chaffey College of Rancho Cucamonga 102-88 in the highest scoring men's game in state-title history in the Mounties' first title appearance since 1955.

With ball handling, passing and inside and outside scoring, guards Garrett Nevels and Corey Allen shredded Chaffey, which beat 31-0 San Francisco in the semifinals. Nevels had 32 points and earned tournament MVP honors for Mt. SAC (29-3).

Similarly heavily recruited Allen had 25 points and eight assists as the Mounties shot a remarkable 69.8 percent (37 of 53 shooting) and had 25 assists.

The Mt. SAC men's players cheered on the Mounties women and then flooded the floor to join them.

Ventura won a men and women's title in the same season on the same day in 1996, but the men's team later had to vacate its title due to an eligibility scandal.

The state final four event will move to Cerritos College in Norwalk for the next two seasons after CRC earned the bid last season.

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