The best community college game of the weekend came on Friday night at the Chabot JUCO Fall Showcase with Merritt College topping the Gladiators 72-65 in front of a fervent packed house. The Thunderbird backcourt of Denzel Bellot and Leo Smith finished with 28 and 26 points respectively. The former's total was powered by four treys plus going 8-10 from the foul line while the latter nailed five three-pointers.
Merritt finished 3-1 in the event, also besting Ohlone College 63-57 and Skyline College 61-58 while falling 82-80 to Lassen College.
Thunderbird Coach Keenan McMiller offered, "We kept our composure -- the guys are learning and we're coming along."