Trojan horse demolished by battering Rams


Rams’ Jalen Canty secures a 20-point lead against Skyline College with a slam dunk at City College of San Francisco on Jan. 29, 2016.

Skyline College’s men’s basketball team’s most recent away game at City College of San Francisco against the Rams on Jan. 29 ended in a loss.

The final score of the game was 83-57. This was the Trojans second loss to a team in the Top 20 League. The other team was Las Positas College in Livermore.

“You got to play really, really well to beat a team like this on the road,” said Head Coach Justin Piergrossi. “We played really hard and gave it our best effort. We just weren’t sharp enough.”

The first half of the game started rough with Skyline missing some easy shots. However, shooting guard Vika Jimenez, and center Seth Snoddy, were able to get the ball to the basket several times. The Rams fouled the Trojans a few times in the first half, which resulted in attempted free throws that were not made.

The Trojans fought hard to score as many points as they could, but there seemed to be a lack of teamwork and/or energy when trying to get the ball to the basket.

Although they missed several easy shots, Skyline was able to score 25 points in the first half of the game with the Rams in the lead by 12.

In the second half of the game, the Trojans were down by several points. Most of the points they scored were due to free throws made by Jimenez and Snoddy, who were fouled by the Rams.

For most of the game, the Trojans kept trying to rush the ball and catch up to the Rams. They let the ball slip away from them several times, giving the Rams a chance to steal the ball and score more points. It was a tough game, but the Trojans continued to compete despite being far behind the Rams.

“I think I played pretty well. I could have definitely rebounded and been more aggressive,” said Jimenez. “Going forward, I just got to bring a lot more energy to the team, keeping us together, keeping us tight and in order, because we kind of lost our heads a little bit in the beginning of the second half.”

“As long as we compete and play to our best level, we can’t really dictate the outcome,” said Jimenez.

For Snoddy, he compares his performance from Friday night to the game at Las Positas.

“Tonight, I would say it wasn’t the total opposite but I wasn’t up to that standard to where I was [at the] last game,” said Snoddy.

Despite the loss, the team still played a good game.

“It’s disappointing but you live and you learn, and you just have to move on to the next one,” said Snoddy.

In addition to the men’s basketball team playing, Skyline’s women’s basketball team also played on Friday against City College of San Francisco in a double-header, which resulted in a loss for Skyline as well. The final score ended 73-43.

The girls’ team competed well despite the loss. The score for the first half of the game ended 41-23.

In the second half of the game, the team managed to score 12 points in the third quarter. The team tried to catch up with CCSF, but was defeated due to the other team stealing the ball and being more aggressive. The final ended 73-43.

“I always expect us to compete to the best of our ability,” the women’s basketball Head Coach Christopher Watters said in an email. “I was proud of the way we continued to play hard even though things weren’t going our way.”

No players wanted to comment.