Men’s basketball eliminated after winning first round

By Marc Anthony Martinez

The men’s basketball team dominated the second half against San Diego Miramar to advance to the second round of playoffs on Feb. 28 in the South Gym.

The Huskies were the No. 13 seed that beat the No. 21 seed Miramar 77-63.

The Huskies started off slow in the first half and went into the locker room down 32-29.

After halftime, the Huskies took control of the game and the defense started playing better. They weren’t playing a bad game, they just had to settle down and that is what they did in the second half.

Head Coach John Mosely said that they were messing up on some defensive assignments and giving Miramar a lot of open looks. He said they started off slow because they had to remember the game plan and go with it.

“It was a real physical game. Their physicality was causing us to miss some shots early. So we had to move the ball a bit better, and we did,” Mosely said.

Dylan Godfrey went 4-5 at the 3-point line and had a total of 14 points and four rebounds.

“What he did is what we expect. As a freshman he’s finally coming around. He understands what we are looking for. He puts in a lot of work, so I expected at some point to hit shots like that,” Mosely said.

Brandon Wilson was playing physically and making his presence felt on the court as Miramar fouled him. This sent him to the free throw line, where he would be a perfect 4-4. He made eight rebounds with one steal and assist each. This gave him a total of 14 points.

“His physicality really helped set a presence. He’s a returner, so we count on him to provide,” Mosely said.

The Huskies leading scorers were Daniel Michelini-Jackson and Shemar Morrow at 16-points each.

“We wore them down. We had more bodies than they did,” Mosely said.

With 3:20 left in the game Hassan Hughey got a technical foul for throwing the ball at Miramar’s

Markees Williams after Williams fouled Michelini-Jackson.

Mosely liked what he saw in the game with how his players played and were able to overcome starting slow.

“We played winning basketball tonight. It wasn’t great but we played winning basketball,” Mosely said. 

“Defensively we sat down, and we guarded really well.”

The Huskies played at West Los Angeles College in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday.

West L.A. was seeded No. 5 in the playoffs.

The Huskies had a lead at halftime 55-41, but eventually lost to West L.A. 95-88. This eliminated the Huskies from playoffs.

The Huskies finished with a record of 21-9, after starting the

season 3-5.

Godfrey, Michelline-Jackson and Wilson were all First team All-Conference for the South Coast Conference – North.

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