By Dakari Thomas
The City College Rams captured the California Community College Athletic Association State Basketball Championship on Sunday finishing their near-perfect season with a hard fought 68-57 win over the defending champion Saddleback Community College Gauchos.
Freshman guard Zach Copeland delivered 18 points with accurate shooting and sophomore forward Jalen Canty abused defenders near the rim as he added 16 points. Canty would earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honors with Copeland and sophomore point guard Trevor Dunbar both bringing home honorable mentions.
This is the third state title the Rams have achieved, and the second under Head Coach Justin Labagh’s belt. Labagh’s first win with the Rams came in 2011.
The Rams finished the season on a 23 game winning streak and a 32-1 (12-0) record.
This is also the second championship title for City College this school year with the Rams football team also winning top honors in the state over Saddleback College in December.
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