ROCKVILLE — Looking for a different opening opponent for the 19th annual Solano Showdown, Solano Community College women’s basketball coach Matt Borchert scheduled the Falcons to take on Sacramento City College.
That was long before the Solano took on the Panthers in last week’s Tom Gilcrest Invitational at Sequoias of Visalia, winning 63-58.
Solano and Sac City tangle at 8 p.m., in the fourth of four games, Friday.
“It’s fine, it just happened to work out that way,” Borchert said. “We have never opened with Sac City in the Solano Showdown. It made sense to do it this year. . . . I always make my bracket based on what the history of the tournament is. I don’t look at other brackets (and say), ‘So and so played so and so,’ . . . ”
The other games in the first round have Los Medanos and Chabot at 2 p.m., Diablo Valley and De Anza at 4 p.m., and Cosumnes River and Shasta at 6 p.m.
Saturday features semifinals for the winner’s bracket (4 and 6 p.m.) and consolation bracket (noon and 2 p.m.), with the Sunday having the consolation championship at 11 a.m., third-place game at 1 p.m. and championship at 3 p.m.
Taylor Hamilton led the Falcons (4-3) with 23 points in the earlier meeting with the Panthers, and Borchert is expecting another good battle.
“Sac City’s very good, they’re an improved team,” the coach said. “They play in a good conference, they play a lot of good teams. It benefits us to play them. More than once is even better.”
Borchert said that each half of the bracket has a favorite for the tourney title, though
“I think the balance is pretty good.”
On Solano’s side, Cosumnes River looks solid.
“They’re 7-1 with a very good win over a good Siskiyous team,” Borchert said.
Meanwhile, Diablo Valley has won championships in the Mission and Contra Costa tournaments.
“They’re averaging 95 points a game, so they’re very strong this year,” Borchert said.
The Falcons are coming off two tough tournaments – Santa Barbara and the Gilcrest Invitational – as well as four days of finals.
Indeed, when it comes to playing at home, “It’s nice to finally to get going,” Borchert said.
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