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College of the Canyons posted an overall record of 14-14 and 5-3 vs. conference opponents to qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. The Cougars finished as runner up in the Western State Conference (WSC), South Division after falling to conference champion West L.A. College 93-79 in the regular season finale. No. 20 Canyons was eventually eliminated by No. 13 Santiago Canyon College in the opening round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Cougars had four players named to the all-conference squad, with sophomore guards Michael Kalu and Jacob Lilley both named First-Team selections. Freshman center Anthony Simone and sophomore forward Frankie Campbell both received Honorable Mention nods.

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The College of the Canyons men’s basketball program concluded the 2016-17 season with a 12-16 overall record and 2-6 mark in conference play to finish fourth in the WSC, South Division. That total represented a seven game improvement from the previous season. Canyons had three players named to the 2017 All-Western State Conference (WSC), South Division Team, with freshman guards Michael Kalu and Jacob Lilley both earning First-Team selections, and sophomore forward Chris Collins receiving Honorable Mention status. Kalu also earned a 2016-17 California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Associations (CCCMBCA) All-California Team Honorable Mention selection.

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The 2015-16 men’s basketball season was marred by injuries which resulted in the Cougars posting a 5-21 overall record and a 0-14 conference mark. Despite the team’s overall record, the individual performance of forward Victor Nwaba earned the sophomore All-WSC First Team honors. Nwaba played in all 26 games and led the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game – good for fifth in the conference –while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Always an explosive scorer, Nwaba finished his Cougar career with a 30-point performance vs. Antelope Valley College on Feb. 20, 2016 after shooting 13-of-19 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point land. In May 2016, it was announced that COC head coach Howard Fisher would serve as head coach of the Youth Men's Basketball team for Team USA at the 20th World Maccabiah Game being held in Israel, July 4-17, 2017.

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The College of the Canyons men’s basketball team finished the regular season with a 15-13 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Western State Conference, South Division to earn a berth into the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs. In December, the Cougars won the annual Kris Kringle Tournament hosted Santa Rosa Junior College.  The Cougars were led by WSC All-Conference 1st team selections Coley Apsay and Tullio Parry. Sophomore forward Ricardo Greaves also received Honorable Mention recognition. Apsay finished the season in the top 10 in the WSC in three offensive categories, and led the Cougars in scoring and assists. Apsay averaged 17 points per game – good for seventh in the conference – and finished third in the conference in assists per game with 4.5. Parry finished second in scoring for the Cougars averaging 11.8 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game. He also finished ninth in the conference in rebounding.

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The College of the Canyons men’s basketball team struggled through an inconsistent regular season, finishing with a 12-13 overall record and a 6-6 Western State Conference record. Three players were named to the Western State Conference, North Division, All-Conference team, however. Sophomores Ilya Ilyayev and David Horst were named to first-team and sophomore Roman Delgado was named honorable mention. Illyayev averaged 17.2 points per game for fourth best in the conference. Horst averaged 10.1 points per game and was third on the team in scoring. Delgado was second in the conference in assists per game (5.5) and averaged 11.3 points per game.


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For the first time since 2007, the College of the Canyons men's basketball team won a Western State Conference, South Division, title after finishing the season with a 9-1 conference record. COC continued to cruise as the beat Allan Hancock in the second round of the playoffs, marking the squad's first appearance in the third round of the playoffs under 13-year head coach Howard Fisher. COC's playoff run was cut short in the third round of the playoffs, when COC met Mt. San Antonio and fell 93-85. Sophomore Jaylen Bland was named All-State Southern California and six Cougars were named all-conference.