By Alex Maciel
East Los Angeles College basketball won the 2015 Neil Edwards Classic held at Citrus College. ELAC defeated Orange Coast College 71-46 on Friday. Moorpark College 81-64 on Saturday and Cuesta College 85-80 on Sunday.
ELAC scored a combined 237 total team points and 134 total team rebounds throughout the tournament.
Currently ELAC is on a six game winning streak and is atop of the South Coast – North Conference.
While sophomores forward Richard Bivens, guards Miles Ford and Iziahiah Sweeny were all named into the Classic All-Tournament team.
Bivens earned the tournament MVP award recording two double-doubles in the games against Moorpark (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Cuesta (22 points, 10 rebounds).
Bivens averaged 50 percent shooting from the field and 57 percent from three point line.
In the tournament championship game against Cuesta College, ELAC shot 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-point line.
In the Semi Finals against Moorpark, ELAC shot 55 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc, with Sweeny leading the way in scoring for the Huskies with 18 points.
Moorpark shot 37 percent from the field and 24 percent from the three-point line.
Overall the Huskies were sharing the wealth with unselfish play and in doing so got everyone involved in the scoring department.
ELAC shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point line while Orange Coast Shot a poor 25 percent from the field and 12 percent from the three-point line.
Turnovers were the common theme throughout the tournament as ELAC turned the ball over a combined 70 times.
Head Coach John Mosley commented on the overall performance of handling the ball
“The team didn’t do a fantastic job of taking care the ball, however the ball movement and unselfish play was a high point.
“We got big goals, trying to prepare for conference, so the goal is to execute better, take better care of the ball, rebound.
“All those little things that we preach in practice,” Mosley said.
ELAC freshman guard Chandler Redix helped the Huskies in the assists department averaging four a game throughout the tournament, which kept the opposition’s defense moving and at the same time getting his teammates involved.
After the game against Orange Coast, point guard Redix mentioned aspects to the game that ELAC needed to improve on, one being getting the loose balls
“Boxing out and not letting go so many second chance points, give them one shot, get the rebound, (and) let’s go,” Redix said.
ELAC will try to stay strong before confernce play starts January 8 against Long Beach City College.
ELAC (6-0) will go on to face Ventura College (4-3) at Antelope Valley on Friday in the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at 1 p.m.