Story and photo by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
OXNARD, Calif. — College of the Canyons picked up a pair of victories after a strong showing at the season-opening 'Clash at Canyons/Oxnard' played Nov. 1-2.
Canyons (2-0) started the weekend with a 66-62 comeback victory over Cuyamaca College, in which the Cougars played through a 21-point deficit to earn the win.
Cuyamaca (0-2) built a 29-21 lead heading into halftime, but could not hold on vs. a COC team that saw three starters score in double figures.
Virgil Mahoney had a game-high 13 boards while Bradford added 10 of his own. Phipps, the Cougars' lone returning starter from a season ago, had six rebounds in the game.
As a team, Canyons was 21-of-28 from the free-throw line compared to just 5-of-10 from Cuyamaca.
In Saturday action, COC flexed its muscle with a 104-74 win over host Oxnard College (0-2).
The Cougars led 51-36 at the break, before eventually topping the 100-point plateau. COC had not scored 100 points since the 2017-18 season opener, which coincidentally was also vs. the Condors.
All five Canyons starters scored in double-digits led by a game-high 20 from Phipps. Nash was second on the squad with 19 points matched with a game-high six assists and three steals.
Robert Hunter led the reserves with eight points and a game-high 17 rebounds, with 14 coming off the offensive glass. Moore recorded 14 rebounds in the game, nine of the offensive variety.
Those second-chance opportunities helped the Cougars to shoot better than 44 percent from the floor.
Canyons is starting the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign, the same season in which the Cougars won their most recent Western State Conference (WSC) championship.
Up next, COC travels to face Cypress College at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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