The Orange Coast College Pirates swept the Knight’s Invitational Basketball Tournament in San Diego over the weekend, winning their first tournament of the season.
OCC held an absolutely dominant +135 point differential through three games, and won by no less than 40 points in each of their matchups at San Diego City College. An 84-44 win over Cuyamaca College and a 98-43 victory against Cuesta College led to a third blowout against Southwestern College, where OCC breezed by 91-51 in the final.
Pirates freshman guard Kyoka Ohara won the tourney’s Most Valuable Player honors after posting a 25.3 points, 3.3 steals, and 4.7 assists per game in three games. The first-year player out of Okayama, Japan also set the OCC women’s basketball program record for most three-pointers in a game, with 11 in the championship-clinching game.
Sophomore guard Alexis Legan also earned All-Tournament honors, after averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game during the invitational.
OCC now finds itself on a five-game winning streak, where the Pirates are averaging over 80 points and close to 50 rebounds per game as a team.
“We try to really stress rebounding,” OCC head coach Sammy Doucette said before the tournament, after the Pirates’ win against Chaffey College. “I don’t know if it’s our strength yet, but we’re definitely trying to get it there.”
To put the Pirates’ dominance on the boards into perspective, OCC out-rebounded tournament runner-up Southwestern College 61 to 36 on Saturday, which included twice as many offensive rebounds as the Jaguars.