By Noe Ortega
Men’s basketball held on tight to its lead in the win 74-70 against Los Angeles Trade-Tech College on Wednesday.
The Huskies reached 20 wins this season and are 5-0 in the South Coast Conference-North. The Huskies had 13 consecutive wins, but the streak was cut short on Friday after a 69-65 loss against conference rival, Chaffey College.
East Los Angeles College is now 20-4 overall and 5-1 in the SCC-North. ELAC are ranked fourth overall in the California Community College Athletic Association.
ELAC and Trade-Tech both had a slow start, but the Huskies were able to take the lead in the first half. ELAC’s strongest player on the court was sophomore forward Solomon Hunt.
Hunt played 25 minutes and finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Hunt finished with eight field goals made out of nine attempted.
Trade-Tech had its moments in the first and second quarter, but ELAC was consistent in making sure the score was separated by at least 10 points.
ELAC went 3-14 on three point attempts with sophomore guard Deshaun Highler going 1-6, sophomore guard Darius Henderson going 1-3 and sophomore forward Babacar Thiombane who scored one three pointer.
“The game plan was to get in down low and not take a lot of jump shots. I think we did that down the stretch. I don’t think we shot very well from three, but we executed the game plan well. We went down the sideline and it worked out well for us,” said Highler.
Highler finished the game with 13 points and three rebounds.
ELAC’s bench outscored Trade-Tech’s bench 23-20. Freshman center Malik Muhammad finished with 12 points and freshman guard Levelle Ziegler finished with six assists and six points.
Trade-Tech’s bench points came from freshman guard Mark Chin, who scored 17 points.
Toward the end of the first quarter, the game was stopped after sophomore guard Tyler Jelks got injured.
After he jumped for a rebound, Jelks landed wrong and couldn’t finish the game.
“We played solid, but we have to play better on defense. Overall we did good with closing out the game in the end,” said Ziegler.
The Huskies were consistent on the boards with the 6 foot 8 inch forwards Hunt, Thiombane, and the 6 foot 9 inch center Muhammad. They finished the game with a combined 23 rebounds,most of them coming from defense.
Toward the end of the second half, Trade-Tech was able to cut the lead to two points, after being down by over 10 points.
The Huskies went on a 13-4 point run to extend their lead to seven points.
The Huskies next game will be in another SCC-North match against Pasadena City College today at 5 p.m. at home.