Eagles Come Up Just Short at SBVC in Regional Semis
The MSJC men's basketball team came out on the short end of a hotly contested game Wednesday night in the Southern California Regional Semi-Finals at San Bernardino falling to SBVC 58-56.
The Eagles and Wolverines both struggled from the field to start the game with both teams shooting under 37% in the first half as San Bernardino took a 25-21 halftime lead. In the second half the offense picked up on both sides and the two teams exchanged runs with SBVC building a lead to as much as 9 and MSJC leading by as much as 3. The Eagles held a three point lead with 4:03 to play when Dwayne Benjamin hit a jumper to make the score 55-52. SBVC got an offensive rebound and put back on the next possession to close the lead to one and then took the lead on a lay-up by Gerry Blakes with 1:20 to play. Another basket by Blakes pushed the Wolverines lead to 3 with 27 seconds remaining. MSJC had a chance to tie on their next possession, but missed two of three free throws and couldn't convert a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Montreal Harris led the MSJC offense with a game high 17 points, he also pulled in 6 rebounds. Benjamin finished the night with 11 points. Mylin Jordan came off the bench to add 7 for the Eagles. Blakes led SBVC with 16 points on the night and Cameron Lewis added 13 for the Wolverines.
MSJC's season comes to an end with a 21-11 record. SBVC improved to 22-8 and will take on Mt. San Antonio in the Regional Final on Saturday night.
Montreal Harris scored a game high 17 points Wednesday night, but the Eagles came up just short in the Southern California Regional Semi-Finals losing at San Bernardino 58-56.