On Feb. 21 Palomar’s men and women basketball teams played a double header, said farewell to their sophomores and raised money for cancer research to end the regular season.
In the first game of the night, the men’s team defeated the Mira Costa College Spartans 74-65, behind sophomore guard, Derick Jones, who had 15 points, three rebounds and six assists.
Mira Costa, who was down by as many 20 points in the second half, came within five points with 4:35 left to play, until Jones sealed the game with two clutch 3-pointers in the final moments.
With the win, the men’s basketball team ended the season with an 11-17 record. A down year from last season’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championship team.
At halftime, Palomar had Sophomore Night, to honor sophomore players: Marley Simmons, Derick Jones, Josiah Dennis, Ben Burris, Devon Fountain and Aaron Roedl.
The players were escorted to midcourt to the applause of the home crowd with their families to have their pictures taken one last time as Comets.
Derick Jones’ family wasn’t able to be there at halftime, so the Comet players acted as his family while he got his picture taken.
“I’ve never been on a basketball team that has the chemistry that this one has. These guys are like family to me. I’m really going to miss them,” Jones said.
In the second game of the double header, the women’s basketball team faced off against the San Diego Mesa Olympians.
The women’s team had Sophomore Night before the 7 p.m. start time, where they honored sophomore players: Mikaela Stanton, Gabby Cabrera, Maureen Fegan and Bianca Littleton
The Comets defeated San Diego Mesa College 74-54, forcing 21 turnovers and out-rebounding the Olympians 44 to 29.
Sophomore guard, Mikaela Stanton led the team in scoring with 21 points.
“We really wanted to get a win after watching the men play. It was a great night with all that was going on. We were really hyped for the game,” Stanton said.
With the win, the women’s team finished the season with an 18-11 record but will miss the playoffs despite a strong finish to the season.
During the double header the two teams also raised money for cancer research in a Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser.
To show support, Palomar’s athletic department decorated the Dome with pink ribbons and balloons, while the women wore pink attire under their Comet uniforms.
At halftime of the women’s game, audience members donated a $1 for the opportunity to shoot a 3-pointer and win a Comet T-shirt.
Palomar’s Athletic Director Scott Cathcart said the gate proceeds along with the donations raised during halftime, are going to be pooled together with funds from other colleges, hosting similar events, in the California Community College Athletic Association. The funds are scheduled to be donated to the American Cancer Society at the state championship tournament in March at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
The California Men’s and Women’s basketball Coaches Association initiated the Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser three years ago, and have raised over $100,000 to date.