Eagle Men Win Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament

The MSJC men's basketball team played their first three home games of the season this weekend and won them all on their way to the championship of the Kiwanis Hoops and Cropstremvphoopsandcrops16.jpg

The Eagles started the tourney on Thursday as they pulled away from Cuesta in the final 8 minutes to post a 94-69 victory.  Curtis Weathers led five MSJC players in double figure scoring with a team high 20 points.  Carl Brown added 17 while Mat Bradshaw scored 15.  Jaryn Taylor had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Tre Nottingham flirted with a triple double with 14 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds.

In Friday's semi-final game the Eagles had a fast start as they built a 16 point halftime lead on their way to an easy 114-89 win over Santa Ana.  Nottingham led the way with a game high 27 points.  Brown added 24 as he and Nottingham combined to go 10 for 16 from the three point line.  Taylor had 18 points in the victory and Weathers hit double figures for the second straight game with 11.

Saturday's championship game was an up tempo back and forth battle with Riverside and the Eagles came out on top 99-96.  Nottingham this time went for a game high 29 points while dishing out 5 assists and grabbing 7 rebounds.  Taylor had his second double double of the weekend with 21 points and 10 boards, while Weathers made five 3's on his way to 19 points and 7 assists.  Brown also again reached double digits with 15.

Nottingham earned MVP honors for the tournament, while Brown was named to the All Tournament Team for MSJC.  This is the third straight Hoops and Crops title for the Eagles.

The three wins improved MSJC's season record to 9-3, they have now won seven straight.  The Eagles will be right back in action this week when they play in the Riverside Holiday Tournament.  MSJC will open the 12 team tourney on Tuesday with a game against Barstow at 3pm.

Tre Nottingham (right) was named MVP of the Kiwanis Hoops and Crops Tournament and Carl Brown (left) was named to the All Tournament team as the MSJC men's basketball team won three games to take the tourney title.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).