By Carlos Alvarez
East Los Angles College men’s basketball forward Aaron Cheatum could only sit and watch as Citrus forward Chris Reyes grabbed the final rebound and began a celebration for Citrus College.
“It hurts to lose man. It hurts to lose at home. It was a good run, I wish I could’ve done more,” South Coast Conference North Division Player-of-the-Year, Cheatum said.
Citrus College, the No. 11-seed, traveled to East Los Angeles College, the No. 6-seed, coming away with an 86-81 double overtime thriller.
It was a back and forth between two of the best players in their respected conferences, Cheatum and Western State Conference South Division Most Valuable Player Reyes, but in the end it was the best team that won.
“To be honest they outplayed us today. They beat us. Nothing you can do,” a dazed and confused Cheatum said, after the game.
“Cheatum will go down as one of the best in ELAC basketball history. His leadership and work ethic is like no other. He carried this team today. We will miss him,” ELAC Head Coach John Mosley said.
With the win Citrus, 16-8 overall, moves on to the Regional semifinals, awaiting the winner of tomorrow’s Ventura College vs. Mt. San Jacinto College match-up.