SANTA CLARITA, CA — The East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team won its second-consecutive Clash at Canyons’ Tournament Nov. 6-7 at the Cougar Cage on the campus of College of the Canyons.
The 2014 state runner up Huskies defeated Oxnard College 90-72 in the championship game today.
Freshman guard Chandler Redix (Apple Valley Cathedral High School) was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Sophomore forward Richard Bivens (Bakersfield Ridgeview HS) was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Upstart Oxnard, who upset host Canyons 69-62 in the first round, jumped to a 5-0 lead against the Huskies. A Bivens layup with 13:40 remaining in the first half put the Huskies on top 16-15. It was a lead the Huskies did not relinquish.
Freshman guard Sequan Walker (Long Beach Cabrillo HS) made a layup with 12 seconds in the half. He was the ninth Husky to score and build the ELAC lead to 44-32. The Huskies never looked back.
Twelve Huskies scored including 38 points from the bench.
Sophomore guard Iziahiah Sweeney (Compton HS) led the Husky scoring with 17 points. Sophomore guard Miles Ford (Alhambra HS) scored 10 points. Walker came off the bench and scored 14 points. Zeno Lake had 12 rebounds, six of them from the offensive glass, while Bivens racked up 10.
The Huskies defeated Cuyamaca College 84-73 last night. After a 12-all tie 6 minutes and 44 seconds into the game, ELAC built leads of 13 points in the first half and 19 in the second.
Cuyamaca made a late 18-8 run to pull within 78-71 with 1:10 remaining in the game. The Huskies then outscored the Coyotes 6-2 for the 11-point win.
MVP Redix tournament totals include 28 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Bivens scored 18 tournament points, had 19 rebounds, three assists, five steals and three crowd-pleasing blocked shots. Other ELAC tournament highlights included Sweeney’s 33 points, Ford’s 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, Walker’s 21 points and Seno Lake’s 20 points and 14 rebounds.
ELAC returns to action at home against non-conference rival Rio Hondo College at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the South Gym’s “E”rena. It is the second game of a doubleheader.
The state’s No. 6-ranked Lady Huskies play Rio Hondo at 3 p.m. Admission is free to those who bring an unwrapped toy, which will benefit children in local hospitals during the Holiday Season with the Toys-for-Tots program.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia