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Happy Summer everyone!

Your young hungry 2015-2016 Thunderbirds had a tough but quality summer school session and look to build on what they have learned for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. The 12 freshmen Thunderbirds will have other additions to the team this fall. Here is a article discussing the promise of the 2015-2016 Thunderbirds!

Signal the light basketball article: http://www.signalthelightbasketball.com/news/socal-shootout-thoughts/

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Your (25-7) Thunderbirds come up short against East Los Angeles College in the state final four championship 94-83. The Thunderbirds fought hard but too may turnovers, fouls and freethrows kept the Thunderbirds from earning a victory.

Official state championship box score and wrap up:  http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/releases/2015022486fphg

Overview Article of the game: http://melgru23.com/2015/03/14/why-nocal-teams-heading-homefouls-and-free-throws/

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Your #1 seeded in the north (25-6) Thunderbirds head to the 2015 California State Championships to take on the East Los Angeles College Huskies this Friday at 5pm at Cerritos College. Please come and support your Thunderbirds down in Los Angeles!

Kevin McCarthy (Norcalpreps writer) wrote an article on the 2014-2015 Thunderbirds season: http://norcalbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-thunderbirds-are-flying-high.html

Matt Schaub (Oakland Tribune Sports Writer) wrote an article on the Thunderbirds season: http://www.contracostatimes.com/sports/ci_27693601/chabot-merritt-make-trek-state-basketball-final-four

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Your 5th seeded (25-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds defeat the #17 seeded Foothill College Owls 62-50 and punch there ticket to the 2015 California State Championships in Los Angeles, Ca at Cerritos College March 13-15. We appreciate all the support from the Thunderbird Nation throughout the season and playoffs and look forward to bringing the State Championship back to Oakland!

Official game box score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150307_dvkb.xml

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Your 5th seeded (24-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds will face the #17 seeded Foothill College Owls Saturday March 7, 2015 at 7pm at Thunderdome. Winner will head to the 2015 Junior College State Championships in Los Angeles, Ca March 13-15 at Cerritos College. Thunderbird Nation Represent your Thunderbirds to victory! in the final home game of the 2014-2015 season.

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Your 5th seeded (24-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds go over the bay bridge and rout the 4th seeded CCSF Rams 110-75. The Thunderbirds controlled the game from start to finish. 6 Thunderbirds finished in double figures!

Official game box score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150304_w9h5.xml

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Your 5th seeded (23-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds will head across the bay bridge to face City College of San Francisco Rams this Wednesday March 4, 2015 at CCSF at 7pm. Thunderbird nation come across the bridge and support your Thunderbirds this Wednesday evening!

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Your 5th seeded (23-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds defeat the 12th seeded Lassen College Cougars 70-64. The game was close but the Thunderbirds executed well in the final minutes for the victory. Your Thunderbirds move on to the sweet 16 to play next Wednesday location (TBA) the winner of the Sierra College vs San Francisco City College game this Saturday.

Official Game box score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150227_fk2d.xml

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Your (22-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds qualified for the state playoffs as a the #5th seed and will host the #12th seeded Lassen College Cougars this Friday February 27, 2015 at the Thunderdome at 7pm. Please Thunderbird Nation come out and support your Thunderbirds this Friday!

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Your (22-6) (12-4) Thunderbirds defeat the Los Medanos College Mustangs at Thunderdome in sophomore night by the score 78-62! The Thunderbirds complete the 2015 Bay Valley Conference (12-4) in 2nd place!

Official game box score: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150220_zwb6.xml

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Your (21-6) (11-4) Thunderbirds defeat the Yuba College 49ers in Marysville, Ca by the score of 109-98! The Thunderbirds were the first team to defeat Yuba College at home since the 2009 season. The Thunderbirds played well on both ends vs the offensive minded 49ers and completed the game with 6 Thunderbirds in double figures!

Official game box score: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150218_7m6z.xml

Post game writeup: http://www.appeal-democrat.com/sports/ers-run-of-eight-straight-bvc-titles-comes-to-an/article_bc1f1104-b807-11e4-9

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Your (20-6) (10-4) Thunderbirds defeat the Mendocino College Eagles in Ukiah, Ca by the score of 76-73! The Thunderbirds shoot 74% from the free throw line and executed in the last 3 minutes of the game to pick up the victory!

Official game box score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150213_iys5.xml

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Your (19-6) (9-4) Thunderbirds defeat there rival the Alameda College Cougars 97-83 the Thunderbirds had 4 players in double figures and totaled 23 assists.

Official game box score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150211_jtut.xml

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Your (18-6) (8-4) Thunderbirds welcome there rival the Alameda College Cougars to the Thunderdome this Wednesday Feburary 11, 2015 5:30pm. Please come out and support your Thunderbirds!

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Your (18-6) (8-4) Thunderbirds defeat the Solano College Falcons 87-60 and stay in the hunt for the playoffs. The Thunderbirds had 5 players in double figures and had 20 team assists.

Official Box score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150206_6x3f.xml

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Your (17-5) (7-3) Thunderbirds prepare to take on the Marin College Mariners at the the Thunderdome this Wednesday at 5:30pm. This is a very important game for the Thunderbirds please come out and support your Thunderbirds!!!!!!!

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Your (17-4) (7-2) Thunderbirds defeat there rival the Contra Costa College Comets at the Thunderdome 91-81. The Thunderbirds were up by 20 points most of the second half of play but finished sloppy in the last 3 minutes and won by 10. The Thunderbirds had 5 players in double figures.

Official Box Score: http://cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150124_xodc.xml

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Your (16-4) (6-2) Thunderbirds prepare to take on there rival the Contra Costa College Comets at the Thunderdome Saturday January 22, 2015 at 1 pm. Should be a great game Please come and support your Thunderbirds!

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Your 6th in the state #3 in Northern California (15-3) (5-1) Thunderbirds prepare for a 1st place showdown vs the Yuba College 49ers at the Thunderdome this Tuesday January 20 at 7:30pm. Please Thunderbird Nation come out and support your Thunderbirds in this battle for 1st place!

Official State Rankings: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/Rankings/2015StatePoll_Jan19.pdf

Signal the light rankings: http://www.signalthelightbasketball.com/news/norcal-rankings-week-10/

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Your (15-3) (5-1) Thunderbirds make it interesting after giving up a 20 point lead but still show the ability to win a nail bitter in overtime 82-76 over the Mendocino College Eagles. The Thunderbirds again had 6 players in double figures but will need to focus on the goal at hand for 40 minutes of execution too continue success.

Official Game Box Score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150117_qzx5.xml

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Your (14-3) (4-1) Thunderbirds win a thriller against there rival the Alameda College Cougars by the score of 100-99. The Thunderbirds had 7 players in double figures but will need to get back to the defensive end in there next game.

Official Box Score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150115_j9nt.xml

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Your Thunderbirds head down the hill and across the bridge to face there rival the Alameda College Cougars this Thursday January 15, 2015 at 7pm at Alameda College. Please come and support your Thunderbirds this Thursday!

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Your 9th in the state 4th in Northern California ranked (13-3) (3-1) Thunderbirds defeat the Solano College Falcons in impression fashion by the score of 89-64. Once again 6 Thunderbirds were in double figures and able to accumulate 26 assists as team.

Game Box Score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150113_60ag.xml

On-the-spot video: Men’s Basketball 1-13-14

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Your #9 in the state #4 in Northern California ranked (12-3) (2-1) Thunderbirds take on the Solano College Falcons at the Thunderdome this  Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 7;30pm. Please come out and support your Thunderbirds!!!!!!!!

The Official State Rankings Poll: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/Rankings/2015StatePoll_Jan12.pdf

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Your (12-3) (2-1) Thunderbirds under heavy adversity defeat the #11 in the state ranked Marin College Mariners in overtime 76-74. The Thunderbirds displayed mental toughness and team work that led to 6 players to score in double figures. Look for the Thunderbirds to build on this victory during the Bay Valley Conference Season.

Game Box Score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150110_sys6.xml

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Your #8 in the state ranked Thunderbirds prepare for a early conference showdown with the #11 in the state ranked Marin College Mariners this Saturday January 10, 2014 at 3pm at Marin College in Kentfield, Ca. Please come out and support the Thunderbirds this Saturday.

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Your (11-3) (1-1) Thunderbirds display a solid performance and defeat the Napa Valley College Storm 83-70. The Thunderbirds had 6 players in double figures and played solid defense with passion and pride!

Game Box Score: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150106_88ac.xml

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Your (10-3) (0-1) Thunderbirds play there home opener tonight Tuesday January 6, 2015 vs the Napa Valley College Storm at 7:30pm. Please come out and support the Thunderbirds as they look to get on on track after suffering defeat in their Bay Valley Conference Opener.

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Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas as the New Year approaches at the end of this week your (10-2) #4 in Northern California and #8 in the state ranked Merritt College Thunderbirds open the Bay Valley Conference season next Saturday at 3pm vs there Rival the Contra Costa College Comets in Richmond, Ca. The Thunderbirds are competing to win the 2015 Bay Valley Conference Championship!!! Please come and support the Thunderbirds next Saturday!

2014-2015 Merritt College Thunderbirds have been predicted to win the Bay Valley Conference Championship!

The Official CCCAA State Poll: http://cccaastats.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/Rankings/2014-15StatePoll_Dec23.pdf

Here are the Predictions for the 2015 Bay Valley Conference: http://www.signalthelightbasketball.com/news/bay-valley-conference-review/

Here are the current Mens Basketball State Rankings: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/Rankings/2014-15StatePoll_Dec23.pdf

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

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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: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/Rankings/2014-15StatePoll_Dec8.pdf

Here is the tournament bracket: http://www.cccaasports.org/Basketball/Men/2014Tournaments/San_JoseClassic.pdf

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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: http://www.signalthelightbasketball.com/news/sunday-games/

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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: http://www.signalthelightbasketball.com/news/merritt-wins-final/

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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.

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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!

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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: http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/Rankings/2014-15Preseason.pdf

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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 .zenfolio.com/crabfeed

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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: http://norcalbasketball.blogspot.com/2014/09/merritt-finishes-3-1.html

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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!

GO THUNDERBIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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

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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!

GO 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!!!!!

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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 merrittcollege.blogspot.com

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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.