Men's Hoops Splits Four Games at RCC Tourney

The MSJC men's basketball team played four straight days last week at the Riverside Holiday Tournament and came away with two wins and two losses.curtisforrcctourney-16.jpg

The Eagles started the week with an 81-70 win over Barstow in the opening round of the tourney on Tuesday.  MSJC built a nine point lead at the half and never let go of the lead in the second, despite a couple spirited runs by the Vikings.  The Eagles had five players finish the contest in double figures led by Jaryn Taylor's 17 points.  Mat Bradshaw came off the bench to add 15 while Carl Brown and Curtis Weathers both had 13 a piece.  Tre Nottingham also hit double digits with 12 points, he also dished out 7 assists and pulled in 8 rebounds.

On Wednesday MSJC matched up with Fullerton College, for the third time already this season.  The two teams had split the first two meetings on the year.  This time the Eagles had a two point lead at the half, but couldn't hold on to it as they fell to the Hornets 79-60.  Nottingham led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points while Taylor added 14 and Brown scored 13.

MSJC would bounce back on Thursday to defeat East Los Angeles 90-83 in the fifth place semi-finals of the 12 team tournament.  The Eagles shot it well in the first half to build a 45-34 lead at the break.  Nottingham scored 21 points in the victory as well as 7 assists.  Brown had 18 points and 8 rebounds while Jeremy Bonifacio added 15 points.  Taylor also reached double figures for the third straight game with 14.

In the Eagles final game of the week, which concluded a 10 game in 14 day stretch, MSJC lost to Compton 97-72.  Taylor and Nottingham were the only two MSJC players to reach double figures on the day with 14 and 12 points respectively.  Orlando Quinones had 9 points and 4 rebounds in the loss.

The Eagles are now 11-5 on the season and will be back in action when they travel to the Bill Brummell Classic at Saddleback beginning on Thursday.  MSJC will open the tournament with a 1 pm game against LA Trade Tech.  Thirteen of the Eagles games this season have been against teams currently ranked in the Southern California top 15.

Curtis Weathers and his MSJC teammates played four games last week at the RCC Holiday Tournament and came away with a 2-2 record.  The Eagles are now 11-5 on the season and have played 13 of their 16 games against ranked opponents.  MSJC will play in the Saddleback Tournament this week, before taking a break for the Holidays.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).