1,500th victory a reflection upon 52 years of San Jacinto College basketball greats

02.17.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

  The San Jacinto College men's basketball team recently captured its 1,500th victory. The program has proven its consistency over 52 years with an average of over 28 wins per season, four National Championships, four national runner-ups and 19 appearances at the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department. 1,500th victory a reflection upon 52 years of San Jacinto College basketball greats Jeannie Peng-Armao -- February 17, 2014   PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College men's basketball team recently captured its 1,500th victory with a win over Victoria College, securing a milestone paved by decades of coaches and players who left their mark with winning records and winning teams. "This milestone shows how consistent our men's basketball program has been over its 52 years of existence," said Head Coach Scott R. Gernander. "To select some star players from over the years is a difficult task because of the many, many players who have contributed to those 1,500 wins." The men's basketball program has proven its consistency throughout the years with an average of over 28 wins per season, four national championships, four national runner-ups, and 19 appearances at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Some of the team's most dynamic players have gone on to break records and enjoy professional NBA careers. Ollie Taylor led San Jacinto College to the national runner-up title in 1967 and followed that up by leading the team to its first national title in 1968. Taylor holds the NJCAA record for most points score in a single season. Thomas Henderson was an All-American at San Jacinto College and later was the leading scorer on the U.S. Olympic team that lost the controversial Gold Medal Game to Russia in 1972. He later won an NBA World Championship with the then Washington Bullets. Ray Williams was another All-American, whose career later catapulted to the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets for 10 years. Other San Jac players who have made it to the NBA include Walter Berry; Ledell Eackles; Steve Francis; and Sam Cassell, who played for the Houston Rockets and won three World Championships and recorded over 15,000 points and over 6,000 assists.  "It truly is impossible to name all the players who have contributed to the San Jacinto College team's success," said Gernander, adding that each of the coaches have led the program to winnings. His father, Scott Gernander, served as the San Jacinto College men's basketball head coach for 24 years. "I was born the year San Jac won its second National Championship and had already accumulated 600 plus wins. I was fortunate enough to grow up watching San Jacinto College basketball and to be a part of the program as a player, assistant coach, and now head coach." This year brings an entirely new team to represent the College. Gernander said it took time to find the right chemistry and how to play together to win 11 games in a row. The most consistent team members have been Anthony Livingston (Washington, D.C. / Stevens Prep Academy), averaging a double-double (17.5 points and 10.4 rebounds), and Carrington Ward (Philadelphia, Pa. / Electrical & Technology Charter HS / Palm Beach State College), averaging 17.1 points and leading the team in assists and steals. "Naturally, the players and coaches who have been at San Jacinto College are a major reason for a school being able to win this many games," said Gernander. "However, scholarships, facilities and the coaching staffs would not be where it is today if not for the supportive administration and Board of Trustees of San Jacinto College." About San Jacinto College Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College's job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.