Men's Hoops Opens PCAC Play With a Win
The MSJC men's basketball team opened pursuit of the PCAC North title on Friday night and didn't pull away until the final five minutes as they picked up a road win at Mira Costa 106-94.
The Eagles and Spartans showed some impressive offensive numbers in the league opener with MSJC holding a 49-41 lead at halftime. Mira Costa opened the second half with 8 straight points to quickly tie the game at 49. Then it was MSJC's turn to make a run as they scored 10 straight points on a lay-up from Deshawn Millington and then 8 straight points from Justin Holiday. The Spartans hung in though as they clawed back to tie the game at 80-80 with just under 6 minutes to play. One more 10-0 run though over the next 2:30 minutes gave the Eagles the lead for good. The run started on a C.J. Hyder offensive rebound and put back and ended on a lay-up from Luka Filipovic and then at the three minute mark Lenzell Simmons put the game away with an emphatic dunk off of a steal to make it 94-82. From there MSJC milked the game away at the free throw line.
The Eagles used a tremendously balanced scoring attack as seven players finished in double figures led by Millington's 22. Israel Farrington added 17 to go along with 8 rebounds while David Thompson added 15 and 5 assists. Terrell Gray (14), Filipovic (11), Holiday (10), and Simmons (10) rounded out the double digit scorers.
MSJC is now 16-2 on the season and 1-0 in PCAC North play. The Eagles who are currently ranked #3 in the state have two home games this week on Wednesday and Friday. Both games are doubleheaders with the women's team with the women set to tip-off at 5 with the men to follow at 7 pm.
MSJC's Israel Farrington had 17 points and 8 rebounds Friday night to push the men's basketball team to 16-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play as they defeated Mira Costa 106-94 on the road. MSJC will be home twice this week as they host Miramar on Wednesday and Palomar on Friday. Both games tip-off at 7. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)