SANTA CLARITA, CA — For the fourth straight year, the East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team opened the season winning the championship of the Clash at Canyons tournament.
The Huskies are No. 16-ranked in the CCCMBCA Statewide Preseason Poll. Canyons is No. 16-ranked in the Southern California Poll.
The Huskies were impressive in the title game with a 73-50 win over host College of the Canyons. ELAC won its opening round game 87-73 against Glendale Community College yesterday.
Sophomore forward Roderick Williams (Price High School) was named the MVP and 7-foot freshman Jacob Tryon (Great Oak HS) was named to the All-Tourney Team.
Williams’ tournament totals included 41 points and he went 17-of-23 at the free-throw line. Tryon’s totals included 31 points, a double double and three blocked shots.
In the championships game, Canyons opened with the first five points scored and led 18-6 with 12:22 left in the half. ELAC went on a 16-4 run and caught Canyons at 22-22 after a Williams layup.
The Huskies ended the first half on a 20-7 run including three layups from Tryon and two 3-point shots from freshman guard Isaac Etter (Village Christian HS).
The Huskies outscored Canyons 31-21 in the second half. ELAC was 24-of-33 at the line (72.7%) to Canyons 13-of-30 (43.3%).
Sophomore guard Robert Fuller (St. Bernard HS) scored 13 points and freshman guard Nick Hart (West Covina HS) pumped in eight points.
Against Glendale, ELAC was down 43-41 at the half then outscored the Vaqueros 46-30 in the second half for the 14-point win.
Tryon’s double double included 22 points and 11 rebounds, with nine RBs off the defensive glass. Sophomore guard Frank Bertz (Sultana HS) also scored in double digits with 16 points. He had seven rebounds and three steals. Glendale was led by Michael Kalu who scored 15 points. Glendale blocked four shots.
The Huskies compete next in the Alvin Hunter Classic at San Bernardino Valley College, Nov. 17-19. The eight-team tournament includes five ranked teams. The Huskies open play against No. 11 Riverside City College on Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. The winner faces No. 4 San Bernardino Valley on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia