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Brasch Likes Looks Of Sasquatch Team

Sam Brasch likes his team’s chances, something the Community Colleges of Spokane men’s basketball coach hasn’t been able to say for a long time.

“We’re much improved,” said the 16th-year coach, whose team was 10-17 last year and sixth in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Eastern Division at 3-9. “We have good shooters, good athletes, good ball handlers and effective inside players.”

Although the Sasquatch only have three sophomores returning - and only one who will start - the freshman class brings hope.

The youth was evident in opening-weekend losses at Everett (83-80) and Shoreline (81-53).

The returning sophomore starter is 6-foot off-guard Randy Moffatt of Medical Lake. The Sasquatch will rely on Moffatt’s precise 3-point shooting, Brasch said.

The starting point will be 5-11 freshman Antoine Alexander of Bakersfield, Calif. Alexander graduated high school in 1994 and moved to Spokane because of family connections. His uncle, Wallace Williams, is the principal at Rogers High School.

Brasch said he’s particularly excited about the potential of 6-6 freshman post John Mammenga and 6-8 freshman post Rob DeBeaumont, a Shadle Park High School graduate.

Mammenga was the most valuable player at the Montana AA state tournament last year and his Billings Senior High team won the title.

“John wanted a chance to develop his game,” Brasch said. “After two years here, he’ll have a bright future.”

DeBeaumont is a transfer from Eastern Washington, where he redshirted last year. Brasch said he joined CCS “because he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time at Eastern.”

The third starter on the front line will be 6-3 freshman Cedrick Day of Clover Park High School in Tacoma. Day’s explosive style should provide a lot of this year’s excitement. Although the team lists 12 freshmen, eight are second-year students.

One veteran, sophomore Kyle York, is out for several weeks. The Priest River guard separated his shoulder on the fourth day of practice. Last summer, he broke his jaw and shoulder in a jet ski accident.

The Sasquatch bench also appears to be improved, beginning with 6-3 wing Jason Smith. The second-year freshman from Mead High School was the Greater Spokane League comost valuable player and selected to The Associated Press all-state team.

“He brings a nice touch from the outside, can drive very effectively in either direction and also can post well inside,” Brasch said.

Riverside High School graduate Kasey Ahrens also is expected to be a key contributor. The 6-3 freshman wing was named first-team AA allstate last year. Brasch said he believes Ahrens will have the chance to be one of the all-time greats at CCS.

Bob Strahl, a 6-footer from Gonzaga Prep, is the third sophomore returning. He will help from 3-point range as well as off the glass.

“We’ve been down a couple of years,” Brasch said. “But our recruiting went very well.”

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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: CCS MEN’S BASKETBALL ROSTER Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown Chris Brown G 5-9 165 Fr. Prosser Bob Strahl G 6-0 175 So. Spokane Antoine Alexander G 5-11 188 Fr. Bakersfield, Calif. Randy Moffatt G/W 6-0 169 So. Medical Lake Kyle York G/W 6-1 190 So. Priest River Greg Johnston G 5-10 165 Fr. Colville Steve Murbach W 6-2 176 Fr. Chewelah Mike Mostek W 6-1 195 Fr. Colville Kasey Ahrens W 6-3 195 Fr. Chattaroy Cedrick Day W/P 6-3 202 Fr. Tacoma Jason Smith W 6-3 200 Fr. Spokane Rob DeBeaumont P 6-8 203 Fr. Spokane Kurt Long P 6-4 205 Fr. Missoula John Mammenga P 6-6 210 Fr. Billings, Mont. Kevin Kuntz P 6-5 230 Fr. Chattaroy

SCHEDULE (All times Pacific) Date Opponent Time Nov. 22 at Everett Lose, 83-80 Nov. 23 at Shoreline Lose, 81-53 Nov. 29-30 at North Idaho Tournament TBA Dec. 6 vs. Spokane All-Stars at SFCC 8:00 Dec. 7 vs. CCS Alumni at SCC 8:00 Dec. 14 vs. Douglas College at SCC 7:30 Dec. 15 vs. Capilano College at SCC 7:00 Dec. 17 vs. Fraser Valley at SFCC 8:00 Dec. 19-21 at NWAACC Crossover, Wenatchee TBA Dec. 27 at Glendale (Ariz.) 7:30 Dec. 28 at Scottsdale (Ariz.) 8:00 Dec. 29 at Phoenix 7:00 Jan. 4 at Wenatchee 8:00 Jan. 8 vs. Yakima at SCC 8:00 Jan. 11 at Blue Mountain 8:00 Jan. 15 vs. Columbia Basin at SFCC 8:00 Jan. 18 vs. Walla Walla at SCC 8:00 Jan. 21 vs. North Idaho College at SCC 7:30 Jan. 25 at Big Bend 8:00 Jan. 29 at Yakima 8:00 Feb. 1 vs. Wenatchee at SFCC 8:00 Feb. 5 at Columbia Basin 8:00 Feb. 8 vs. Blue Mountain at SCC 8:00 Feb. 15 at Walla Walla 8:00 Feb. 19 vs. Big Bend at SFCC 8:00 Feb. 27-March 1 Region III playoffs TBA March 6-8 NWAACC Tournament, Edmonds, Wash. TBA

This sidebar appeared with the story: CCS MEN’S BASKETBALL ROSTER Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown Chris Brown G 5-9 165 Fr. Prosser Bob Strahl G 6-0 175 So. Spokane Antoine Alexander G 5-11 188 Fr. Bakersfield, Calif. Randy Moffatt G/W 6-0 169 So. Medical Lake Kyle York G/W 6-1 190 So. Priest River Greg Johnston G 5-10 165 Fr. Colville Steve Murbach W 6-2 176 Fr. Chewelah Mike Mostek W 6-1 195 Fr. Colville Kasey Ahrens W 6-3 195 Fr. Chattaroy Cedrick Day W/P 6-3 202 Fr. Tacoma Jason Smith W 6-3 200 Fr. Spokane Rob DeBeaumont P 6-8 203 Fr. Spokane Kurt Long P 6-4 205 Fr. Missoula John Mammenga P 6-6 210 Fr. Billings, Mont. Kevin Kuntz P 6-5 230 Fr. Chattaroy

SCHEDULE (All times Pacific) Date Opponent Time Nov. 22 at Everett Lose, 83-80 Nov. 23 at Shoreline Lose, 81-53 Nov. 29-30 at North Idaho Tournament TBA Dec. 6 vs. Spokane All-Stars at SFCC 8:00 Dec. 7 vs. CCS Alumni at SCC 8:00 Dec. 14 vs. Douglas College at SCC 7:30 Dec. 15 vs. Capilano College at SCC 7:00 Dec. 17 vs. Fraser Valley at SFCC 8:00 Dec. 19-21 at NWAACC Crossover, Wenatchee TBA Dec. 27 at Glendale (Ariz.) 7:30 Dec. 28 at Scottsdale (Ariz.) 8:00 Dec. 29 at Phoenix 7:00 Jan. 4 at Wenatchee 8:00 Jan. 8 vs. Yakima at SCC 8:00 Jan. 11 at Blue Mountain 8:00 Jan. 15 vs. Columbia Basin at SFCC 8:00 Jan. 18 vs. Walla Walla at SCC 8:00 Jan. 21 vs. North Idaho College at SCC 7:30 Jan. 25 at Big Bend 8:00 Jan. 29 at Yakima 8:00 Feb. 1 vs. Wenatchee at SFCC 8:00 Feb. 5 at Columbia Basin 8:00 Feb. 8 vs. Blue Mountain at SCC 8:00 Feb. 15 at Walla Walla 8:00 Feb. 19 vs. Big Bend at SFCC 8:00 Feb. 27-March 1 Region III playoffs TBA March 6-8 NWAACC Tournament, Edmonds, Wash. TBA


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