The MSJC men's basketball team erased an 18 point second half deficit on Friday, but came up on the short end of a 70-69 game against San Bernardino Valley on the final day of the Riverside
The Eagles had their third straight slow start as they shot just 7 for 26 from the field in the first half and fell behind the Wolverines 39-23 at halftime. SBVC was able to make the lead as much as 18 with 18:21 to play in the game, before the Eagles stormed back. Some timely shooting and a full court press allowed MSJC to come all the way back and eventually take the lead with 2:09 to play when Devin Fleming hit a three pointer to make the score 67-66 Eagles. SBVC would answer to retake the lead, but then Fleming made two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to give the Eagles a tense 69-68 advantage. On the game's final possession the Wolverines missed a 10 foot jump shot, but Brandon Jolley was able to grab an offensive rebound and was fouled with 1.6 seconds to play. Jolley made both pressure free throws and the Eagles were unable to get off a desperation shot to give SBVC the victory.
Fleming finished the game with a team high 17 points for MSJC, Tre Nottingham added 16 in the loss. Roosevelt Adams had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Kendall Brown had 11 points and Nick Pete finished the day with 3 blocked shots. Brown was named to the All Tournament Team.
The loss dropped MSJC's record to 10-3 on the season while SBVC improved to 13-2. The Eagles return to action on Thursday when they take on Irvine Valley in the first round of the Bill Brummell Classic at Saddleback College. Thursday's game in Mission Viejo tips off at 3 pm.
Devin Fleming had a team high 17 points on Friday, but the MSJC men's basketball team came up a point short in their 70-69 loss to San Bernardino Valley. (Renzy Reyes/MSJC).