By Tadzio Garcia
East Los Angeles College stunned the state’s No. 7-ranked Los Angeles Valley College with a comeback that sent the CCCAA second round playoff game into overtime, but eventually lost 92-88.
Valley led 75-57 with 6:09 left in the game in a yawn fest as displayed by the quiet Monarch fans.
ELAC then outscored Valley 21-5 and was down 80-78 with 28.9 seconds left on the clock.
Whistles would then stop the clock nine times until the final buzzer in regulation sounded, beginning with Valley’s four consecutive missed free throw attempts.
While the Valley gym rocked with noise, Valley guard A’Jaee Foster connected on two at-the-line for an 83-80 lead with nine seconds left.
ELAC guard Dioseline Lopez ran the length of the court and swished in a three-pointer as time expired.
Bedlam broke out to the deafening sounds of the ELAC contingent.
ELAC’s center Karina Ortiz and forward Jocelyn Diaz had fouled out and Valley, 24-5 overall, was too much for ELAC to handle in overtime. ELAC ended their season 17-12.
After the Huskies opened up with a 10-7 lead, Valley built a 15 point lead with 4:48 left in the first half.
With five seconds left in the half, Lopez ran the length of the court and converted on a layup pulling ELAC within eleven at the half, 51-40.