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The Coast Conference North women’s basketball race is in a virtual four-way knot among one-loss teams after two weeks of play. State No. 12 ranked Skyline College and Chabot College are 3-1, while No. 9 College of San Mateo and No. 13 City College of San Francisco are 2-1.

The Coast North men’s basketball league schedule gets underway Wednesday with a friendly district rivalry when state No. 14 ranked College of San Mateo (11-3) hosts Cañada (3-10) at 7 p.m.

The season opener was quite the comeback thriller. The Bulldogs trailed 43-38 at the half but relied on the all-around play of sophomores Sam Manu and Bobby Arenas down the stretch.

CSM, which last fielded a team in 1983, returned to competition this season and clinched the program’s first-ever playoff spot after beating Chabot-Hayward 90-73 last Friday night. The Bulldogs finished in a tie for third in the Coast Conference North — along with Chabot and Foothill, teams the Bulldogs swept this season.

San Mateo County community college basketball teams haven’t had a ton of playoff experiences over the last 20 years. But the last two years has seen a renaissance of sorts. Last year, the Cañada men’s team made a run to the Northern California semifinals and this season, both the College of San Mateo men and the Skyline women are in position to make the postseason. “I just want to the ability to play our best basketball in February and March,” said CSM head coach Mike Marcial, who has led the Bulldogs into the playoff race in the program’s first year back after a 36-year hiatus.

You’re probably going to experience some growing pains after a 36-year layoff. The College of San Mateo men’s basketball team got off to a tough start, dropping its first three games of 2019-20 at the City College of San Francisco Tournament. The Bulldogs still made a little history, though, as Friday’s game against Santa Rosa Junior College marked their first return to the court since 1983.

Mike Marcial has been the head coach for the new men’s basketball program at College of San Mateo for a more than a year and still hasn’t won a game. On the other hand, he hasn’t lost a game, either. In fact, Marcial and the Bulldogs have not even played a game. Named coach in May of 2018 for a program that was coming off a 35-year hiatus, Marcial has spent the last year assembling a coaching staff and then hitting the recruiting trail to find players. All that work will finally come to fruition as the CSM men’s basketball team will open the 2019-20 season at the City College of San Francisco tournament the weekend of Nov. 1.