Note From The Editor: We are pleased to bring you our first coverage of the East L.A. College (ELAC) Huskies’ Men’s basketball team for the current 2015-16 season. Our correspondent and photo-journalist is Tadzio Garcia and we thank him immensely for his write-up and extremely high quality photo gallery. Our videographer is Erik Sarni and we also thank him for his masterful production of the “Huskies” win over the visiting Long Beach City College “Vikings,” which took place on Jan. 8th.
Current Team Update: Huskies’ Head Coach John Mosley has guided his team to another big winning season as they continue on with conference play and their quest to return to the CCCAA’s Final Four tournament at regular season’s end. The Huskies are (19-2) overall and (2-0) in South Coast Conference play. They’ve won 10 in a row since their loss to Chaffey on Dec. 19th. In addition, they’ve won 13 of 15 since their loss to San Bernardino back on Dec. 5th.
You can hear all Huskies’ game on “Live” audio by clicking here then searching for the audio link on the schedule. They play El Camino-Compton tonite, (1/29/16), with tip-off set for 7 pm. Rico Cabrera, Sr./Managing Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
ELAC MEN’S TEAM OFF TO “BEST-EVER” START
The 2015-16 East Los Angeles College “Huskies” men’s basketball team is No. 6 – ranked in the state after posting a 17-2 record during its non-conference schedule, the best start in the Huskies’ 70-year school history. ELAC played in the CCCAA State championship game last season losing to this year’s top-ranked team, Saddleback College, 50-47, and finished the season with a (22-11) overall record.
The Huskies look good to repeat a trip to the CCCAA’s Final Four, if their non-conference play is any indication. This team is stronger this year according to ELAC Head Coach John Mosley.
ELAC won three out of four tournament titles. For the second consecutive year, the Huskies won the “Clash at Canyons Championship,” in December, with a 90-72 win against Oxnard College in the title game.
ELAC freshman guard Chandler Redix (Cathedral HS) was the tournament MVP while sophomore forward Richard Bivens (Ridgecrest HS) made the All-Tournament team. The Huskies also won tournaments at Citrus College and San Diego Mesa College.
On December 5th, then No. 2 ranked San Bernardino Valley College (22-2) handed ELAC its first loss, 89-82. ELAC’s second defeat came in an overtime loss, 84-80, at No. 11 Chaffey College (16-5) on Dec. 19th.
ELAC, who plays in the South Coast Conference/North Division, has five divisional crossover wins in January against SCC South opponents. ELAC started this steak with a 97-76 win at L.A. Southwest College, followed by a 105-82 win against Long Beach City College, then a 70-64 win at L.A. Harbor College, and in “back-to-back” home games, a 90-50 win against El Camino College on 1/15, and lastly an exciting overtime victory over Cerritos College on 1/20/16.
ELAC opened SCC/North play on Friday, 1/22/16, with a huge win over the “Mounties” of Mt. San Antonio College. The Huskies ended Mt. SAC’s eight game win streak in SCC/North play, as they posted an 82-62 victory. The Huskies then defeated Pasadena City College on 1/27 to wrap week #1 in SCC play with a perfect 2-0 record.
By: Tadzio Garcia, Reporter & Rico Cabrera, Sr./Contributor
Season’s Team Leader Stats:
#1 Iziahiah Sweeny (Compton, Compton HS)/So/6-4/180/G/14.5 ppg/20 games played/4.6 rbs-gm/1.7 assts-gm; #25 Richard Bivens (Bakersfield-Ridgeview HS)/So/F/6-9/205/10.5 ppg/21 games played/8.0 rbs-gm/1.7 assts-gm/1.2 blks-gm; #4 Chandler Redix (Apple Valley, Cathedral HS)/Fr/6-2/175/G/9.2 ppg/21 games played/4.5 rbs-gm/3.9 assts-gm; #22 Jarrell Tate (Birmingham, AL – Wenonah HS)/So/G/6-4/190/8.1 ppg/20 games played/2.8 rbs-gm/1.3 assts-gm; #35 Arinze Anakwenze (Palos Verdes-John Muir HS)/So/6-7/220/F/6.0 ppg/21 games played/3.7 rbs-game/1.7 blk/gm
Credits: CCCAA; Tadzio Garcia, Photojournalist, Story and photo gallery; Erik Sarni, Videography, Long Beach City College game, EastLASportsScene.Com;
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