By Diego Linares
The East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team heads into the playoffs as the number nine seed. The team will travel south to Mira Costa College to face the Spartans who finished the season with 19-9 overall record.
Coach John Mosley will have a couple of days to prepare the team as the Huskies have a first round bye and do not have to play until Friday March 1st. ELAC will have its hands full with a Spartan team that finished the season on a six game winning streak while compiling a 9-2 record in the Pacific Coast Conference.
The Huskies head into the playoffs with some momentum of their own after defeating Pasadena City College 68-53, last Friday. After the game, Jaree Crawford, Zach Hinton, and Harris Javier were commemorated for their efforts being named ELAC players of the month.
“It was a big win, big. It was really important,” Mosley said.
“It can boost us up since we beat Mt. San Antonio College at number three and then beat Pasadena to really seal it. As they put the standings here in the final stretch it’s really important,” Mosley said.
The bleachers rattled in a game where the Huskies pulled away in the second half after a close game for much of the first half.The Husky starters did not let up, mixing well with players coming off the bench.
The ball moved around from guards to forwards alike, playing unselfishly passing the ball, looking for a better shot.It was a collective effort in the defensive side of the ball. The Huskies applied constant pressure and were a beast on the back board. After each rebound the big-men will hustle down the floor while the guards dictated the pace.
“I just think everybody comes in and knows their role and plays their role. They step up and do what they’re supposed to do. You can call it depth, or whatever, but they just do what they’re supposed to do. That’s why we’ve been successful and if they keep doing what they’re supposed to do we can make a run.”
ELAC finished the season 9-4 in conference play. The Huskies finished tied for third place in the SCC with LA Harbor, who they beat 75-66 on February 6th.
ELAC has won two teams to beat Mt. SAC, the No. 2-ranked team in the state.