MHCC basketball team playing a basketball game

Men's Basketball

The Saints stand out as one of the best programs in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).  Their success are rooted in a basis of robust academics, exemplary citizenship, and outstanding basketball prowess. Our program remains committed to completion, retention, fostering team unity, and relentlessly pursuing continuous improvement.

Employing a collaborative approach in both offense and defense, coupled with structured study halls, weight training, and active community service, the MHCC men's basketball program is committed to the holistic development of every individual.

Want to support MHCC men's basketball team? Visit the foundation giving page below. Select "Donate Online Today" and then "Basketball Fund, Men's" under the MHCC Program Funds option.

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MHCC Men's Basketball

head coach - alex syum

Alexander Loul Syum began coaching for MHCC in 2022. Coach Syum has his Master of Science in sports psychology from the University of Western States, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethany College. Coach Syum went to Parkrose High School in northeast Portland where he was a three-year varsity basketball starter. He was awarded first team honors in 2008. After finishing from high school in 2009, he went on to play basketball for two seasons at Clackamas Community College (CCC). He then transferred to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he finished his college basketball career. After graduating in 2015, he worked as a career counselor in various high school programs. He also spent his time coaching high school basketball as an assistant/junior varsity coach. He started volunteering as an US Amateur Athletic Union coach to work with grassroots youth. He also spent time volunteering with the CCC men’s basketball team where he focused on player growth.

In 2018, Coach Syum accepted a full-time job in Singapore as a head basketball coach at Fastbreak, a local basketball club. Winning 15U and 16U championships he continued to build relationships with basketball influencers throughout the region. After working in Singapore for 11 months, Coach Syum traveled to East Africa and visited Eritrea to begin his work volunteering with the Eritrea Basketball Federation. He is still working with the Eritrea Basketball Federation and Sports Commissioner as a basketball ambassador. He has been working to promote basketball in Eritrea and recruit Eritrean basketball players from around the world to participate in upcoming AfroCUP, International Basketball Federation, and Olympic opportunities.

After his time overseas, Coach Syum moved back to Portland, Oregon in 2019 and started a new journey as an assistant men’s basketball coach at CCC. As an assistant coach, he focused on player growth and performance training. From 2019-2022, the Cougars were 46-21, winning the southern region championship in 2020. He had the honor of coaching Robert Ford III, who won 2020 NWAC Player of the Year, Southern Region MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year. He also coached Kwan Carter who was awarded the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year, and Wade Autenreith who was awarded Freshman of the Year in 2020. 


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