Fresno City College Dominates Merced


Photo by: Ben Hensley

Sophomore forward Ethan Richardson battles three defenders going up for the shot against Reedley College on Feb. 20, 2019.

Story By: Derek Bullis, Reporter

The Fresno City College men’s basketball team came away with another win on Wednesday night, defeating Merced College 111-67, bringing the Rams season record to 24-3 with a 15-0 conference record.

With the conference already wrapped up, the Rams put on a championship caliber show, giving the crowd a lot to cheer for on their second to last home game of the year.

“Keep the script the way it is,” said Coach Ed Madec about the Rams win Wednesday night, which saw the Rams shoot an astounding 64.3 percent from the floor, and 48.3 percent from three-point range.

The Rams quickly took on a strong lead by the end of the first half of the game scoring 65 point to against Merced’s 27 points.

Bench production played a huge role in a game which, besides sophomore guard Georgie Dancer, saw a different starting five than the Rams had used all season long.

Dancer finished the night with eight points and 12 rebounds, just two points shy of a double-double. He also had two rebounds and a steal on the night.

All 12 players the Rams dressed out received playing time in the dominating win.

Ethan Richardson led the team with 32 points scored for the Rams, and fell one rebound short of a double-double with nine total boards.

Richardson was shut down early in the contest, hitting the bench with just under a half to play in the second half of the game. He ended the game with 5 assists and 2 blocks defensively.

“He is a big time player and just going to play big in the playoffs,” Madec commented on Richardson’s performance. “You expect him to do that. He’s legit.”

The Rams final home game before the playoffs begin will be on Saturday Feb. 23 as they look to lock up a perfect 16-0 conference record against Reedley at 6 p.m.