By Lucero Rodriguez
The men’s basketball team placed second in the Neil Edwards Classic after a tough 64-61 loss against Cuesta College in the championship game.
East Los Angeles College defeated Orange Coast College on Friday 94-75 and battled with Moorpark College before taking the 72-67 victory to earn a spot in the championship game.
“We can’t take teams for granted and as a team we have to execute better,” ELAC Head Coach John Mosley said.
Sophomore guard Marcus Romain finished 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Overall in the 2014 Neil Edwards Classic Romain averaged 15 points per game, four rebounds and three assists.
The Huskies struggled in the last minutes as they tried to stop Cuesta from scoring.
Romain tried to take the game into overtime but lost the ball as time expired.
In its loss, ELAC had a good start against Moorpark.
The Huskies led in the first half of the game, but Moorpark started off hot during second half play even though they were in foul trouble.
Freshman forward Marquis Salmon injured his ankle in the second half and was not able to return to the game.
Salmon’s return to the court was questionable as to whether he’d return in time to play in the Riverside tournament.
ELAC’s troubles continued as game play began to get physical.
ELAC lost sophomore forward Richard Bivens after fouling out in the second half.
The lost of both Bivens and Salmon affected the Huskies’ inside presence during the last few minutes of the game.
“We have to get back in gym and get better as a team,” Mosley said.
ELAC showed great teamwork by passing the ball around efficiently throughout the entire tournament. They stayed focused and communicated throughout all three games.
ELAC had a slow start to begin the game against Cuesta College.
Both ELAC guards Marcus Romain and sophmore Je’Ron Primus finished with All-Tournament honors.
ELAC’s main focus is preparing for the Riverside tournament of Dec. 9.
“We need to condition ourselves better and just keep practicing,” Romain said.