MONTEREY PARK, CA — The 2015 state runner-up East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team defeated Rio Hondo College, 73-43, in a Toys for Tots game on Veteran’s Day.
Teddy bears, race cars, dolls and hundreds of other toys were collected to benefit children in local hospitals during the Holiday Season.
The Huskies outscored Rio Hondo by 15 points in each half for the 30 point win.
ELAC freshman Zeno Lake (Compton High School) opened the scoring with a 2-0 layup followed by a two-point swish from sophomore Iziahiah Sweeney (Compton HS) to put the Huskies up 4-0.
Freshman forward Chima Wami’s (Corona Santiago HS) layup with 13:51 remaining in the second quarter brought the house down. Sophomore Richard Bivens (Bakersfield Ridgeview HS) attempted a two-foot shot that bounced off the rim, which Wami grabbed and connected for two points.
The game was never in doubt, however, Rio Hondo sophomore forward Leo Maidana hit a short jumper to bring the Roadrunners within seven, 46-39, with 9:03 remaining in the game.
ELAC responded with 18 consecutive points and built a 64-39 lead with 3:41 left off a Hill layup.
The Huskies’ bench outscored Rio Hondo’s 41-14 and had 50 rebounds to the Roadrunners 32.
Lake and freshman guard Sequan Walker (Long Beach Cabrillo HS) led the Huskies scoring with 11 points each. Lake and sophomore forward Dashawn Hill (Compton HS) each hauled in a team-high seven rebounds with Lake taking four off the offensive glass.
Freshman guard Chandler Redix (Apple Valley Cathedral HS) had five assists as did Bivens. The Huskies had five blocked shots, the first a crowd-pleasing slap from Bivens less than a minute into the game. Other blocked shots came from Redix, Lake, sophomore Jarrell Tate (Birmingham, AL Wenonah HS) and freshman Arinze Anakwenze (John Muir HS).
ELAC returns to action the day after Thanksgiving in the Citrus College tournament, The Neil Edwards Classic. The tournament includes four ranked teams from the Southern California Polls.
No. 8 ELAC opens play on Friday Nov. 27 against No. 9 host Citrus. The Huskies play Saturday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. if they win or at 3 p.m. if they lose. The title game is Sunday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. preceded by the Third Place Champion game at 5 p.m. and the Consolation Champion game at 2 p.m.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia