MSJC Men Run Past First Place SBVC, Play Desert in Final Home Game

The MSJC men's basketball team started fast and finished strong on Tuesday night as they won handily over PCAC North leader San Bernardino Valley 104-70 in a home conference match up.CJHyderforSBVC2-19.jpg

The Eagles jumped ahead 9-0 before the Wolverines were able to score their first points of the game, MSJC would build the lead all the way to 16-3 before SBVC found their footing.   MSJC maintained the lead the entire first half and went into the locker room with a 53-40 lead.  Early in the second half it looked like the Wolverines might be poised to make it a close game as they cut the lead to 10 on two separate​ occasions, but the Eagles responded by out scoring SBVC 46-22 over the last 16 minutes of the game to cruise to the victory.

MSJC used a balanced offensive attack as six Eagles reached double figures in scoring led by David Thompson who scored a game high 27 points.  Thompson also dished out 9 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds while making three steals.  C.J. Hyder added 15 points and 9 rebounds while Luka Filipovic had 14 points and 4 blocks in the victory.  Justin Holiday and Terrell Gray also both reached double figures with 13 and 12 points, while Lenzell Simmons had a double double with 11 points and 10 boards on the night.

The win improves MSJC to 21-5 overall on the season they are 6-3 in PCAC North play.  SBVC fell to 21-6 for the year, they have already clinched the conference title and are now 8-1 in league play.  The Eagles will wrap up the regular season tonight (Thursday) as they host College of the Desert at 7 pm.  Tonight's game will be for second place in the PCAC North as the Roadrunners enter the game 5-4 in conference action and 14-13 overall, Desert won the first match up between the two teams.

Tonight will also serve as "Sophomore Night" for Eagles; Thompson, Hyder, Gray, Deshawn Millington, Mike Walker, and Israel Farrington.

MSJC's CJ Hyder scored 15 points on Tuesday night as the Eagle men's basketball team beat San Bernardino Valley 104-70.  Tonight the Eagles will host College of the Desert in their final regular season game.  Tip-off is set for 7 pm.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)