By Dan Gudino
The men’s basketball team enters the playoffs as it finished the regular season with two wins last week over El Camino Compton Center and Los Angeles Trade Tech College.
ELAC defeated Compton at home, 102-93, on Sophomore Night, Feb. 17.
Prior to the game, sophomores were honored for their athletic achievements. The sophomores put on a show. Center Richard Bivens returned after he missed the last game and contributed a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jarrell Tate continued his strong production off the bench and scored 14 points.
Huskies’ sophomore guard Iziahiah Sweeny turned the ball over 10 times. Sweeny adjusted and sank 19 points.
“I noticed they send a lot of double-teams and they try to speed the game up. I know to just take my time catch a jump stop (Jump Shot) and look for the open space,” Sweeny said.
Sweeny was not a part of last year’s team, but the message from Head Coach John Mosley is still clear. You can’t take anyone lightly.
“I can tell in practice coach Mosley, didn’t like the loss to Saddleback College. He brings up the team a lot. When we play teams that are not as good as Saddleback, Coach reminds us, we have to get ready for Saddleback,” Sweeny said. Saddleback College beat ELAC last year in the championship game. Currently SC is ranked No. 1 in Calif.
“I’m proud of what our guys have accomplished, but ultimately we have bigger goals than what we’ve done. Yet we still have another game to win the conference,” Mosley said.
On Feb. 19, ELAC dominated and finished the regular season on a good note, as they beat Trade Tech, 76-57.
ELAC touched history with the win against LATT. The 24th win of the season matched the 1972-1973 season.
The 24-3 regular season record is considered the best finish ever as they won 88 percent of the games.
“We as a coaching staff are very proud of the players on this team. They have worked very hard this season to accomplish a great record. The players sacrifice individual accolades for the goals of the team. That is why we have won the conference and put together a great won-loss record,” Assistant Coach Chad Borkey said.
The Huskies are Co-Champions of the South Coast Conference-North, sharing the title with Mount San Antonio College.
ELAC will face Cerritos College at home Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
“I could not be more proud of a coaching staff and a great group of kids. Now the fun begins,” Athletic Director Al Cone said.
ELAC, last year as a No. 13 seed, went on to win five games in the playoffs and reached the state championship. Runners-up to the title, ELAC will look to finish this time on top.
The Huskies will look for support from students, alumni and all those connected to ELAC to finish strong. “We are blessed to have great players, great coaches, great alumni and great fans. We thank you all and hope you continue to support the SCC champs all the way through the playoff push. Five wins and we will need support for all five. Thank you and go Huskies,” Assistant Coach Kenneth Hunter said.