Swarming defense and hot shooting give the Huskies the win
By Anthony Merjanoff
The East Los Angeles College men’s basketball offense looked great shooting the ball, while their defense looked even better.
The Huskies caused San Bernardino Valley College to commit a total of 23 turnovers due to their relentless full-court pressure defense.
ELAC beat SBVC, 76-64, to start off their Mountie Classic Tournament play at Mt. San Antonio College.
The Huskies will play Rio Hondo College tomorrow at 5 p.m. and Mt. SAC on Saturday at 5 p.m. ELAC beat Rio Hondo 116-60 on Nov. 15 while No. 5-ranked Mt. SAC edged SBVC 81-77 on Nov. 18.
Against SBVC, Husky forward Jaree Crawford scored a team-high 19 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc. He helped the Huskies result in a 72% three-point field goal percentage.
The Huskies took a total of 18 three-point shots connecting on 13 of them. They also shot 52.9% from the field and a season-high 91.7% from the free throw line.
ELAC took a 14-point lead into the half. SBVC rallied in the second half and was able to get within single digits, only to give up big shots down the stretch.
The Husky bench was active, constantly cheering their teammates on, making up for the small crowd.
SBVC tried to play full-court pressure basketball but ended up giving ELAC easy plays and at times giving players wide open shots.
SBVC looked sloppy on both sides of the ball. Their offense couldn’t really get it going thanks to the Husky defense and the SBVC defense was at times nonexistent.