By Hector Gomez
Men’s basketball extended its win streak to four after a home win Feb. 10 against Los Angeles Trade Tech College, 96 – 74.
East Los Angeles College continued its great play on the season and earned its 19th win overall, making the recored 19-6.
Husky sophomore forward Roderick Williams’ hustle was put on display all over the court as he attacked the basket, secured rebounds and had incredible blocks on defense. He controlled the paint and dominated the scoring around the rim.
While the Huskies pulled away by 23 points in the second half, Williams continued to maintain control with an incredible chase down block, stopping an easy fast break lay-up which sent the crowd into a frenzy. ELAC fans appreciated the block from Williams as they cheered louder for the Huskies Williams finished with a double-double, 22 points and 15 rebounds.
The ball distribution from ELAC became difficult for LATTC to stop in the second half. The Huskies got great looks, controlled the paint and got consistent stops on defense. Within the first few minutes of the game, it was a back-and-forth contest with neither team able to take control. Huskies were down by three after the first eight minutes as they started to slowly settle in.
After a time out at the ten minute mark, ELAC became more aggressive and took it to LATTC with great ball movement against full court pressure and zone defense. On offense, the ball began to swing from side to side moving much faster as it led to easier baskets inside the paint.
ELAC had consistent stops on defense as they extended their lead.
“The first few minutes of the game they were out rebounding us so we knew we had to move the ball and attack the paint more which made it easier for us to kick it out for open jumpers,” Assistant Coach Fransico Aguilar said.
ELAC secured rebounds by attacking the offensive glass and keeping possessions alive. By halftime, the Huskies had a 14- point lead with the score at 49 – 35. Sophomore guard Sequan Walker lead the way for the Huskies with his 11 points at halftime. As the second half began, ELAC made adjustments and initiated to pull away.
The Huskies executed terrific team passing and were much more aggressive when they attacked the paint.
Walker and Williams started to take over in the second half. Within the first five minutes of the second half, Walker hit three 3-pointers in a row and looked in the zone as his jumper was falling on all cylinders.
“My teammates were giving me really good passes, coaches had a great game plan and I just wanted to get us going,” Walker said. Walker lead the way for the Huskies as he finished with 26 points. Contributions came from all angles including sophomore forward Zeno Lake who had nine points and freshman guard Frank Bertz poured in another nine points by halftime.
Lake finished with a double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bertz came away with nine points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal.
An outstanding team performance by the Huskies as they look to continue their win streak at Chaffey College, tonight at 5 p.m.