By Tadzio Garcia
The men’s basketball team split two inter-divisional conference games beating Long Beach City College, 87-75, then losing a thriller, 66-60, to previously ranked Los Angeles Harbor College.
The Huskies are 11-10 overall, 2-2 in the South Coast Conference, North Division standings. Long Beach fell to 8-12 overall. The defending SCC South Division champion LA Harbor improved to 14-8 overall.
East Los Angeles College was down at the half, 30-21, at Harbor last Friday, but mounted a comeback in the second half with tenacious play.
A basket by Rafael Morelos at 7:53, gave the Huskies their first lead 47-46. Harbor rallied but ELAC kept fighting back.
ELAC committed seven fouls against the Seahawks during the final 51.5 seconds. Harbor connected on six of seven at the line, which was the difference in the game as the Huskies lost by six.
Top Husky scorers were Deon Geary with 24 points and Morelos with 13. Geary is the SCC’s fourth highest scorer, scoring 18.1 points per game. Morelos is the SCC’s eighth top scorer averaging 13.7 ppg.
Also scoring for the Huskies were Albert Chavez, Elon Vessel, Fernie Morelos, Mark Torres, Robert Ponce and Harris Javier.
The Long Beach battle at ELAC last Wednesday generated 14 lead changes and 12 ties. With 15:35 left in the game, ELAC’s Deon Geary hit a three-point basket for a 49-46 Husky lead, breaking what would be the games’ last tie.
Vessel scored a basket at 11:50, followed by a free throw completing a three point play giving the Huskies a 62-50 lead. The Huskies defense prevented a Viking’s comeback, not allowing them to get closer than 9 points.
The Huskies host a tough El Camino College squad (13-7, 2-2), currently the hottest team in SCC play, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Warriors have won 4-of-5, including a stunning upset over Pasadena City College, 68-58, last Friday. The Huskies need victories over El Camino and at PCC in the next two weeks to stay in playoff contention.