MSJC Men's Basketball Season Ends in Close One
The MSJC men's basketball team led by as much as 10 points in the second half, but could not hold on down the stretch as they lost in a CCCAA State play-off second round game at Orange
The Eagles and the Pirates played an even first half as the teams went to the locker room tied at 36 all at the break. Early in the second half it looked like MSJC was going to take control of the game when DeAndre Snedecor scored a lay-up with 15:26 to play to give the Eagles a 10 point advantage at 49-39. MSJC kept the lead at 8 with 10:01 left in the contest on a jump shot by A.J. Walton before the game got tight the rest of the way. OCC would finally tie the game up at 65 when Lloyd Wright connected on a three point shot with just under 6 minutes remaining. The Pirates took the lead for good with 4:29 remaining in the contest. Davon Sanders gave the Eagles one last chance to win when he made a three point shot with 7 seconds to play to cut the Pirate lead to one. OCC though connected on a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left and a decent looking three point attempt by MSJC's Walton came up short at the buzzer.
The difference in the game turned out to be turnovers as the Eagles committed 24 compared to just 9 by the Pirates. MSJC did win the battle of the boards as they out rebounded OCC 38-31. David Thompson led a balanced scoring attack for MSJC with 16 points. He also pulled down a 6 rebounds and dished out a game high 10 assists. C.J. Hyder and Walton both scored 15 points for the Eagles while Sanders had 12 and a team high 8 rebounds.
The loss concludes the Eagles season at 14-16 while OCC improved to 21-7 and advanced to Saturday night's Southern California Regional Final.
MSJC's #15 DeAndre Snedecor and #2 C.J. Hyder play defense on Friday night as the Eagle men's basketball team came up just short in a second round CCCAA State play-off game at Orange Coast, losing to the Pirates 84-81. (photo courtesy of OCC Sports Information)