Men's Hoops Come Back Falls Just Short in Play-off Loss
The MSJC men's basketball team made a strong second half comeback Friday night, but came up two points short of a victory as they lost to visiting East Los Angeles 79-77 in a second round
CCCAA Southern California Regional contest.
The Eagles fell behind 51-37 at halftime, but fought their way back into the game and eventually tied the score at 77 a piece with 15 seconds left on a three point basket by Mat Bradshaw. The Huskies though were able to get the winning points on an offensive rebound and put back with 2 seconds to play to claim the victory.
MSJC saw all five starters score in double figures despite struggling from three point range in the game. The Eagles shot just 7 of 26 from behind the arc, a place that they have shot the ball extremely well all season. Carl Brown was MSJC's top scorer with 16 points, he also pulled in a game high 11 rebounds. Jaryn Taylor also had a double double before fouling out with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bradshaw finished the game with 13 points as well for MSJC while Tre Nottingham had 11 and Jeremy Bonifacio finished with 10.
The loss concludes the season for the Eagles with a record of 22-11, they won a share of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division championship for the fourth straight season. East Los Angeles moves on to the Regional semi-finals next Saturday and improved their record on the year to 22-6.
MSJC's Mat Bradshaw hit a couple key three point shots in the second half Friday night for the Eagles, but East Los Angeles was able to score the winning basket with just 2 seconds to play in the game to beat MSJC 79-77 in a second round Southern California Regional play-off game. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC.)