Hardwood on the brain…..

Good Friday morning. News from the college hardwood for you on a Friday.

Over in Spokane, Mount Si High School alum Jabe Mullins for the first time as a collegian played on Washington soil last night, as his St. Mary’s College (California) men faced off with the top team in NCAA Division I, the fellas from Gonzaga University. It was not expected to be an easy test for the Gaels, and it wasn’t, as they fell in the nationally-televised game 87-65, but Mullins, from Snoqualmie, saw action, a total of 11 minutes worth. He was 1-4 from the three-point line and finished with three points and two rebounds in that limited action. St. Mary’s is 11-7 on the season and 2-5 in conference play, so to make the NCAA tournament this year it is going to require a lot of work in the West Coast Conference tournament. But, there’s still game to be played in the regular season, and the conference made some announcements about that yesterday also.

Gaels, Portland men find out final conference games: The WCC modified the schedule for the final week of regular season play next week to ensure all of the teams in the conference, including St. Mary’s and the Pilots, will play a full schedule. Here’s a quick look at what local fans can expect for Mullins (SMC) and his fellow MSHS alum Hayden Curtiss (Portland):

-St. Mary’s will have three games scheduled next week. On Wednesday, we made mention of the game next Monday afternoon against Pepperdine. It is a 3:00 p.m. tip and will be shown regionally. NBC Sports Bay Area is originating the broadcast, but fans in the Valley will be able to see it on ROOT Sports Northwest. Additionally, Wildcat fans in southern California will be able to see the game, either via FOX Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles or FOX Sports San Diego. Then, the Gaels will wrap the season with two ESPN games – next Thursday against the University of the Pacific and next Saturday night against Brigham Young University. More on those games next week in our weekly preview segment for college hoops.

-Portland will have two road dates to close out the season. Next Thursday, they are in San Diego for a 6:00 p.m. tip against the Toreros, then next Saturday night, they are at Santa Clara University in northern California for a 7:00 p.m. game with the Broncos. The WCC Network will live stream both games.

Former ‘Cat Sidhu makes it onto the starting lineup at his junior college: Bijon Sidhu has begun to make a little noise at the junior college level. He has cracked the starting lineup at Florida’s Pensacola State College, and on Wednesday, the former Mount Si sharpshooter had his best performance thus far in his young college career, scoring 11 points and aiding a 76-62 Pensacola road win over Northwest Florida State College. Sidhu has started four of the past five games for Pensacola, who is on a three-game win streak and is currently 4-5 on the season.

Sidhu, as some of you may remember, played one season for Mount Si – the 2017-18 season – before transferring to a prep school in Vermont to finish out his high school career. He is a freshman this year at Pensacola.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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