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SCC Plays Biola, CCI Takes On Westmont in District 3 Semifinals

Southern California College and Christ College Irvine, two local men’s basketball teams with widely divergent postseason experience, play today in a National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics District 3 semifinal at Whittier College’s Graham Center.

Southern California College (24-7), which won the District 3 title last year and advanced to the second round of the national tournament, will play top-seeded Biola at 8 p.m. Christ College Irvine (13-17), which before its 60-53 upset of Fresno Pacific in the first round Tuesday had never played in the district playoffs, faces Westmont at 6 p.m.

For first-year CCI Coach Greg Marshall, it will be the third game he has coached against Westmont, his former employer. Jamie McShan, an all-Golden State Athletic Conference guard, averages 14 points for the Eagles, who are seeded seventh. Westmont (19-9) defeated Christ College, 66-63, in Irvine and, 72-46, in Santa Barbara. Westmont is led by all-conference players Noel Matthews, Chad Kammerer and Peter Partain.

SCC’s Jeff Bickmore, who despite a newly sprained ankle had 35 points and 10 rebounds in the Vanguards’ 75-73 victory over The Master’s on Tuesday in the first round, was expected to practice Friday for the first time since he injured the ankle Monday.

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Biola is led by Emilio Kovacic, a 6-foot-10 transfer from Arizona State who averages 19 points and nine rebounds. In the teams’ only meeting of the season, Southern California College defeated Biola, 65-63, in December before Kovacic had become eligible.


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