Though they suffered two losses at the West Valley College Holiday Classic tournament, COS men’s basketball coach Kyle Heath said his team is still battling, with  their conference games still to come.
“It was a good weekend and our team played hard,”    said Heath, which can be difficult,  given the their 1-13 record. 
In their first game against Ohlone College, the Eagles took a 90-49 beating, but Heath said Al Alexander, from Brooklyn, N.Y. had a very strong game.  “Al led our team with 12 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds,” said Heath.
Also making a  good showing against Ohlone was Dylan Griffin of Shasta Lake City, who also scored 12 points, as well as logging 8 rebounds.
“One of the positive things about that game was that everybody got to play a lot,” said Heath.
 Up next Diablo Valley College, which COS lost 67-61.  “They’re ranked in the top 15,” said Heath.  “It was a close game with a lot of back and forward...We were down only 6 points at halftime.”
Heath added that this kind of stiff competition serves to help the team prepare for its upcoming conference games.
“That game was led by Philip Antoine from Miami Fla., who had 16 points and 10 rebounds,” said Heath.  “It was a good game for him to get back on track.  Hopefully, he can keep that going...We really need him.”
 Dylan Griffin had 14 points and 8 rebounds. 
Al Alexander had 9 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.
Lyonel DeLisca from Miami, Fla. also had a good game, scoring 7 points, said Heath.
“Lyonel is a good athlete...real raw, but a good athlete.  He just needs to be pointed in the right direction,” said Heath.
Despite their poor record, Heath said team members have retained a positive attitude, “We’re still a family,” he added, noting that their conference games have yet to begin.
“Anything can happen; it’s still wide open,” said Heath.
The team will take the holidays off, returning on Jan. 6 to face Umpqua, their last pre-season game.