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The Thunderbirds win the consolation championship at the San Jose City College Classic Tournament by defeating Southern California Power Santa Monica College Corsairs 80-68. The Thunderbirds complete the preseason schedule (10-2) a solid start to the season.

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Happy Holidays! Your (8-1) Merritt College Thunderbirds ranked #3 in Northern California and #6 in the State, prepare for there final preseason tournament as they head back to the San Jose City College Tournament Classic. The Thunderbirds play in the first round this Thursday Dec 11, 2014 at 2pm vs  the Hartnell College Panthers. Please come out and support your Merritt College Thunderbirds!

Here are the Men’s Basketball state rankings:

Here is the tournament bracket:

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The (8-1) Merritt College Thunderbirds win the 2014 Bakersfield College Thanksgiving Tournament going 3-0! This is the second tournament championship the Thunderbirds have won so far this season.

Here is the link to the writeup:

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Happy Thanksgiving! Your #3 in Northern California, #6 in the state ranked Merritt College Thunderbirds head south to participate in the Bakersfield College Thanksgiving Tournament in Bakersfield, California. The Thunderbirds face in the first round the Fullerton College Hornets Friday Nov 28, 2014 at 6pm.

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Your (5-1) Thunderbirds win the 2014 Shasta College Invitational Tournament Championship by defeating the #13 ranked Ohlone College Renegades by the score of 79-73.

Here is the link to the writeup:

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The #3 in Northern California ranked (2-1) Merritt College Thunderbirds head up north to participate in the Shasta College Invitational Tournament in Redding, California. The Thunderbirds face the hometown team the Shasta College Knights Friday November 21, 2014 at 6pm.

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The Thunderbirds play for the championship at the San Jose City College Tip Off Tournament today November 8, 2014 at 5pm vs the Lassen College Cougars.

Please and come and support your Thunderbirds in there 1st tournament championship this season!

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Your 2014-2015 Merritt College Thunderbirds are the #1 ranked team in Northern California in the CCCAA preseason state rankings poll. It is time to get excited about this season’s Thunderbirds!

Here is the link to CCCAA state ranking polls for Northern and Southern California:

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The Merritt College Thunderbirds open the 2014-2015 season at the San Jose City College Tip Off Tournament Novemeber 6, 2014 at 8pm. The Thunderbirds take on the Foothill College Owls in there 1st round game.

Please come down and support your Merritt College Thunderbirds to victory at the San Jose City College Tip off Tournament 1st round game Thursday Nov 8, 2014 at 8 pm vs the Foothill College Owls. General Admission is $5 Seniors are $3.

Here is the 2014 San Jose City Tip Off tournament bracket: San Jose Tip Off Tournament

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The Merritt College Men’s Basketball 1st annual all you can eat crab feed was a success!

Over 65 people attended the Men’s Basketball 1st annual crab feed Saturday September 27 from 3-7pm and enjoyed music, a raffle, salad, garlic bread, corn and Coach McMiller’s father locally renowned Gilroy garlic sauce that was saturated in each dungenous crab! The Thunderbird basketball program wants to thank all the people who attended and donated to the event . We will make the crab feed even better next year! (Below is a link to photos taken at the crab feed brought to you by Foto pros photography)

Password to view link is: crabfeed

Here is the link: http://fotopros



The Thunderbirds go 3-1 in the Chabot College NCAA Fall Showcase. The Thunderbirds are sharpening up for a championship season. NorCal preps writer Kevin McCarthy writes on the Thunderbirds performance at the Chabot College showcase.

Here is the link:

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After a successful summer going 4-0 in the Southern California NCAA Showcase the 2014-2015 Merritt College Men’s Basketball team is back in school working hard to prepare for a Championship season!

The 2014-2015 Merritt College Thunderbirds will have a new look across the board this season as associate head coach Keenan McMiller has been named the Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team. Coach McMiller has assembled a great coaching staff for the upcoming season with legendary Coach Maurice Compton, Coach Jamaal Cannon (Merritt alumnus/ former player) and Coach Jason Gant (UC Berkeley graduate/ former player) coming on board. The Thunderbirds only return 1 player from last year’s 2013-2014 team, Denzel Bellot (Mclymonds Hs 11.0 ppg 46% 3pt line) Denzel will be counted on for big time play every game. The 2014-2015 Thunderbirds have 2 present Thunderbirds, 3 transfers and 10 freshman competing to make the team. Once the dust settles this team will be primed to compete and have a opportunity to win the California State Championship. Stay tuned for updates on the up coming season!

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The Thunderbirds lose in overtime in the 2nd round of the California State Playoffs 86-76 to the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs

The Thunderbirds had a 9 point lead 33-24 at halftime and led most of the game until the final 2:00 minutes of regulation. The Thunderbirds had 7 opportunities to win the game in regulation but were unable to capitalize. Santa Rosa was able to tie the game at 63-63 at the end of regulation. In the overtime period the Thunderbirds were unable to execute and suffered defeat final score 86-76.

The Thunderbirds were led by:

(Sophomore) Anthony Knight 28 points 8 assists and 2 steals

(Freshman) Maceo Bell 14 points and 5 rebounds

(Freshman) Denzel Bellot 13 points and 2 steals


The #13 seeded Merritt College Thunderbirds Prepare to face the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs in the 2nd Round of the 2014 California State Playoffs

The Thunderbirds will play  Saturday March 1, 2014 at 7pm at Santa Rosa Junior College. Please come up to Santa Rosa Junior College and support your Merritt College Thunderbirds!

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The Thunderbirds complete the 2013-2014 Bay Valley Conference Season in 2nd place 17-10 overall 11-5 in conference.

Three Thunderbirds were selected to the Bay Valley All Conference Team

(Sophomore) Guard Anthony Knight 16.4 points per game 5.4 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game.

(Sophomore) Guard Jalil Eppenger 11.8 points per game and led the Bay Valley Conference in 3pt shooting 51.4%.

(Sophomore) Forward David Andoh 14.8 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Job Well Done Thunderbirds!!!!!


Thunderbirds Start 2013-14 Season in Thrilling Fashion
After a two-week layoff, the Thunderbirds started their Bay Valley conference season on January 2, going against the College of Alameda Cougars and ending with an exciting 93-90 win in the home stretch.

To keep up with the Thunderbirds for the rest of the season and get all the exciting details from each game, go to


Congratulations to the Thunderbirds on an Amazing 2012-13 Season!
The men’s basketball team had a storybook run that ended with an 84-75 loss to Mt. San Antonio-Walnut in the semifinals of the state playoffs at Cosumnes River College.

The Thunderbirds (18-13) were seeded in the Northern regional but had playoff wins over American River, defending state champion Fresno City, Ohlone, and San Joaquin Delta to get to the Final Four!

Read here to find out how the storybook run unfolded and watch a video here to watch the Thunderbirds defeat San Joaquin Delta.