By Alfonso Rivera
Deon Geary and Rafael Morelos helped lead the Huskies to an 88-76 victory in the final game of the season against a tough El Camino College Compton Center team.]
Sophomore Geary (Blair High School) scored 21 points in the winning effort. Geary ended the regular season the No. 10-leading scorer in the state with a 19.7 points per game average.
Sophomore Morelos (Baldwin Park High), who averages 13.8 points per game, scored 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.
The Huskies raced to a 42-27 lead at the half. The Tartars of Compton came storming back in the second half cutting the lead to five points 67-62, with 6:55 left in the game.
The Huskies received a lift from big plays of freshmen Elson Vessel and Fernando Morelos who helped the Huskies regain control of the game.
Guard Vessel (Abram Freidman High) scored 16 points and hauled in 9 rebounds while forward F. Morelos (Baldwin Park High) scored 12 points.
Freshman guard Albert Chavez (Bell Gardens High) scored five points, none bigger than his three point basket with 2:31 left in the game that pushed the score to 81-70, stopping any Tartars momentum.
Geary sealed the victory with a three point basket that put the Huskies up, 88-74, at 1:16. Other game highs were Harris Javier (Walnut High) with three points and eight assists and Zach Ward (Northview High) with five points.
Compton was led by guard Matthew Mosely (JW North High) who scored 26 points.
Geary was named to the All-SCC North Division first team. R. Morelos was named to the second team for the second straight year.
Coach Rob Rivera described the season and said, “we lost a lot of close games that could have gone our way.”
The Huskies ended the year with a record of 13-13, overall, 6-7 in South Coast Conference.
With seven returning players and a good recruiting class, the Huskies may challenge again for a bright upcoming season.