The MSJC men's basketball team won two more games on Friday and Saturday as they captured the championship of the Bill Brummel Classic at Saddleback.
Friday the Eagles played solid defense on their way to a 70-58 win over San Diego City in the semi-final round. Dajuan Smith led the way offensively for MSJC with 16 points and 6 assists while Dwayne Benjamin scored 13 and grabbed a team high 8 rebounds. Carlos McCormick added 8 points and 4 assists.
In Saturday's championship game the Eagles held on at the end to win 61-60 over the tournament host Saddleback. The Eagles had built a lead as big as 15 over the 9th ranked Gauchos, but Saddleback would not go away as they chipped away at the lead finally tying the game with 1:22 to play. Benjamin hit two free throws with under a minute to play to give MSJC the lead back, before the Gauchos cut it to one with a free throw of their own. The Eagles then had a costly turnover with under 30 seconds to play giving Saddleback the ball and a chance for the lead. MSJC played solid defense in the final 30 seconds and when the Gauchos D.J. Feitl attempted a three pointer with just 3 seconds remaining it was blocked by MSJC's Danny Hopkins to preserve the win and the title for the Eagles.
MSJC is now 9-3 on the season and the tournament title was their second of the season. Smith, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds Saturday earned all tournament team honors and Benjamin who scored 23 and grabbed 8 boards in the title game was named the tournament MVP. Saddleback fell to 14-2 with the loss.
The Eagles return to action on Saturday January 4th when they host Riverside City College at 7 pm.
Eagle point guard Carlos McCormick had three solid days at the Bill Brummel Classic at Saddleback helping MSJC to the championship as they defeated #1 ranked Irvine and #9 ranked Saddleback as well as San Diego City on their way to the title.