Stellar 4-year hoops career winding down for ex-Bear River star Scott
With eight regular season games remaining in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, the Sonoma State men’s basketball team is looking for a strong finish to cement one of the conference’s eight berths to the post season CCAA tournament.
And ready to help fuel the late season charge for the Seawolves is senior swingman Patrick Scott, a former Bear River High standout who is winding down a solid four-year collegiate career at Sonoma State.
“We’re really pushing hard to make the CCAA tournament,” said Scott last weekend. “We’ve made the tournament twice since I’ve been here and we’d like to do it again.”
If Scott keeps playing the way he has during this senior season, the Seawolves should have a a strong shot at extending their year.
Currently, Scott is leading Sonoma State in nine offensive categories including scoring (17.1), assists and steals. Last Saturday night at Cal State Monterey Bay, Scott poured in 25 points to team with former El Camino standout Will Olsem (40 points) to lead the Seawolves to a 90-81 win over the Sea Otters.
“You’ll have to go a long way to tell me that there’s not a better all-around player than Pat in our conference this year,” said Sonoma State coach Pat Fuscaldo. “Patrick’s game has really matured since he’s arrived here. He’s turned into a complete player for us.”
Sonoma State’s two wins last weekend over Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay moved the Seawolves’ CCAA record to 6-8 and places them in a tie for seventh place in the 12-team league race. A total of six teams are separated by two games. In their final eight contests, Sonoma State will play five teams that currently sit ahead of them in the chase.
“It will be tough but if we keep playing the way we have been we have a shot,” said Scott who graduated from Bear River in 2009 as the school’s single season and career scoring leader.
Last Friday night playing at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, Scott became the 13th player in Sonoma State history to reach the coveted 1,000 career points mark as he tallied 12 points in the Seawolves’, 87-70, win.
“I really didn’t know about reaching that level until someone said something after the game,” said Scott. “Playing four years here really went by pretty quick but it’s been a lot of fun.”
Scott is on track to graduate next fall with a degree in criminal justice.
“It’s been fun to watch Pat grow here as a player and person,” said Fulscado. “He’s been a joy to coach. We’re really going to miss him next season.”