The MSJC men's basketball team came back from a sloppy start on Wednesday night, but couldn't hold on down the stretch as they fell to East LA 68-66 in the opening round of the Riverside Holiday Tournament.
The Eagles turned the ball over 14 times and shot just 9 for 26 in the first half as they fell behind early by as much as 15 points. MSJC did close the half on a positive note however, as they cut the Huskies lead all the way down to 5 by the break.
MSJC continued to whittle away at the lead in the second and finally tied the game with 9:37 left to play in the game. From that point on MSJC seemed to take control of the game as they slowly built their lead to as much as 7, when Austin Klug made a free throw to push the score to 63-56 with 3 minutes remaining in the game. Turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch allowed East LA to out score the Eagles 12-3 in the final 3 minutes and the Huskies came away with the victory.
Dwayne Benjamin led the Eagles offense with 25 points while Dajuan Smith added 18. Klug came off the bench to add 8 for the Eagles in the loss, which was their first since the opening game of the season. MSJC now 6-2 on the season will be right back in action tonight when they play College of the Sequoias at 6 pm at Huntley Gym on the Riverside Campus. East LA improved to 6-2 with the victory.
Dajuan Smith scored 18 points on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as the MSJC men's basketball team fell to East LA 68-66 in the first round of the Riverside Holiday Tournament. The Eagles return to action tonight at 6 pm when they take on COS at 6pm at the Huntley Gym on the RCC Campus.