Men’s basketball beats Rio Hondo with 25-point win

By Glenn Zucman

Men’s basketball won a resounding 92-67 victory over Rio Hondo College on Feb. 16 in the ELAC South Gym. The win takes the Huskies record to 18-8 overall and 5-3 in the conference. That record looks good enough to earn the Huskies a berth in the upcoming playoffs.

ELAC scored the first basket and led the game for the entire night.

The Huskies leapt out to a 19-7 lead in the middle of the first half. Two minutes later, Rio Hondo closed it to 19-18. The Huskies went into the halftime locker room with a 47-28 lead. The second half was never close. The nearest Rio Hondo came was 17 points down and the Huskies biggest lead was 28. At the buzzer, ELAC won with a 25 point lead. 

Brandon Wilson, Dylan Godfrey and Jalai Okeith all had hot hands, scoring 16, 15, and 13 points respectively. Wilson was 6 -6 from the field, 1-1 from the 3-point line, and 3-4 from the charity stripe.

Godfrey went 6-8 from the field, 1-1 from 3-point land, and 2-3 at the free throw line. Okeith converted 4-6 from the field, 2-3 from 3-point, and 3-3 free throws. The schools put up nearly equal field goal attempts: 56 for ELAC and 55 for Rio Hondo. But ELAC’s 62.5% shooting average was stronger than Rio Hondo’s 40% resulting in 35 field goals for ELAC and 22 for Rio Hondo.

The Huskies pulled down 41 rebounds to Rio Hondo’s 23. The boards were dominated by Gregory Melvin and Daniel Michelini-Jackson with six each. Seydi Thiombaine, and Wilson brought down in five each. Javion Langston and Ryan Ellis each grabbed four rebounds.

Godfrey and Langston were each credited with two blocked shots. Most of Rio Hondo’s block attempts resulted in fouls, and the team recorded a single block for the night. Hassan Hughey accounted for five of the Huskies’ 15 assists.

Each team was charged with one technical foul.

“We’ll for sure be in the playoffs if we can finish these [last] two [regular season] games off,” Head Coach John Mosley said after the game. “We’ll see next weekend where we stand in terms of our seeding for the playoffs… It looks like we’ll be on the road for the playoffs.”

“We won eight conference championships in a row. This is the first year that we scaled back a little bit. But what’s interesting is that the years we didn’t win it are the years we went the furthest. We went to the state championship the  year we didn’t win the conference championship, so maybe that can happen again. You never know, we’ll see,” Mosley said.

“Shemar Morrow and Dylan Godfrey played well tonight on both ends. Dylan rebounded the ball well, got a 3, and made the right play around the paint. Because of his size he can shoot and play inside… He was able to play at all levels, inside, the mid level and then on the outside.”

“And then Shemar, his pace and his athleticism helped us by getting to the basket. We want to continue to infiltrate the paint, not stand outside and shoot a bunch of 3’s, but really put pressure on the defense.”

The Huskies’ final home game resulted in a close win of 77-72 against LA Trade Tech on Feb. 21. A ceremony was held for the sophomores on both the women’s and men’s teams. The men’s last away game on Feb. 23 against Los Angeles City ended in another close win of 83-73. The team is playoff bound, meaning they played San Diego Miramar in the South Gym on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Update:

This article has had some of its dates changed from the printed version because it was published online at a later time.

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