By Dan Gudino
The basketball team squeaked out an 89-84 victory against Ventura College on Friday, in the opening round of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Classic at Antelope Valley College.
East Los Angeles College is now 7-0 in the season and going back to last year has won 15 of its last 16 games. Not including the lost in last year’s state championship, the Huskies’ last lost goes back to Feb. 6 of last year.
Great play continued with freshman guard Chandler Redix, who lit up the court with one missed shot. Redix led all Husky players with 22 points.
Redix went seven of eight shooting, drained all three of his three point shots, and went a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line.
The listed guard/forward, sophomore Miles Ford had a great night of shooting too. Ford scored all four of his three-point shots and totaled 15 points on five of seven shots.
ELAC the No. 8-ranked team in California was slightly more physical with hustle plays, out rebounding Ventura and eliminated second chance tries. ELAC finished with 38 rebounds compared to Ventura’s 32.
The Husky hustle plays continued through the game as VC made it tough and forced 14 turnovers on ELAC. VC refused to let up and kept the game close as it made a shot with five seconds left, to cut the lead to 40-33 into the half.
ELAC started on fire as it went on a 14-6 run and gave itself a 16-point cushion to start the second half.
VC stormed back, off the great performance of its sophomore guard Elijah Brown, who scored 26 points.
Brown managed to cut the Husky lead to three points, 87-84, with five seconds left, but ELAC’s Redix iced the game with the final two free-throws of the game. Redix leads the team in free-throw shooting at 83 percent.
Free throws are a must in close games, ELAC currently is No. 9 in the state in free throw shooting.
ELAC moves on to clash with undefeated San Bernardino Valley College (10-0) who is ranked No. 2 in state.