Eagles Survive Rugged Start, Advance to Regional Semi's
The MSJC men's basketball team overcame making just 1 of their first 29 shots on Friday night to out last Cypress College 64-59 in a second round CCCAA Southern California Regional play-off
game at home.
The Eagles used strong defense and solid rebounding to stay in the game through the first half. MSJC's slow start put them behind by a 13-1 score early in the game and they could not find any traction until Matt Bradshaw hit a 25 foot, 3 pointer as the first half ended to cut the Chargers lead to 19-16 at the break.
In the second half neither team could put any distance between themselves and their opponent as the game ended with 12 ties and 12 lead changes. The Eagles finally took the lead for good when Devin Fleming made a pair of free throws to put MSJC ahead 59-57 with 1:21 remaining in the contest. Tre Nottingham then pushed the lead to 4 with a lay-up just 20 seconds later. MSJC made enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Nottingham finished the game as the Eagles top scorer with 16 points. Roosevelt Adams, who had some huge second half baskets, finished with a double double as he scored 15 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. Devin Fleming also hit double digits in scoring with 13.
The win improves MSJC's record to 26-5 on the season and they will advance to the CCCAA Regional semi-finals on Wednesday. Wednesday the Eagles will take on the winner of Saturday's East Los Angeles Cerritos game. If ELAC wins they will host the semi-final, if Cerritos is victorious, MSJC will host. Cypress finished their season at 22-7.
Tre Nottingham had 16 points Friday night to help the MSJC men's basketball team defeat visiting Cypress College in the second round of the CCCAA State play-offs. The Eagles will play again on Wednesday in the Regional Semi-Fianls against the winner of Saturday's game between Cerritos and East Los Angeles.