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Mounties hoops off to a great start; beat Cerritos again in conference play

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Mt. SAC's Corey Allen squares off against a Cerritos defender during Wednesday night's home game at Mt. SAC

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Mt. SAC coach Criss Freeman gathers with his team to talk strategy Wednesday night against Cerritos

Ariel Carmona Jr


Both Mt. SAC’s men’s and women’s basketball team have been having success in the winter season thus far. The women’s team (21-2, 10-0) opened up the month of November as champions of the Tip off tournament and followed up that early success with a second place finish in the Ventura tournament and a third place spot in the Sequoias tourney.
More recently they swept through the Fullerton tournament over Santa Monica, Moorpark and Cerritos.

In the new year, the team has looked impressive in South Coast Conference play with convincing wins over Pasadena, Compton and Cerritos. They are also ranked No.2 in the state by the California Community College Athletic Association.

The Mounties faced off against Cerritos again on Wednesday night and the outcome didn’t look as favorable early as the Falcons took an early 11-2 lead following great outside shooting by Cerritos’ sophomore guard Adrina Rendon.

Mt. SAC at first looked tentative with their outside jumpers, but climbed back into the game thanks to Ashley Burchfield’s 8 points, and the hot three point shooting of Leticia Galarza who contributed 9 points from beyond the arc, including back to back threes. Mt. SAC led at halftime 29-27 en route to a 59-48 win, their third of the season over the rival Falcons.

After Cerritos nearly tied the game, the Mounties took over with five minutes left in the contest. They outscored the Falcons 14-6, utilizing their defense to clamp down on the Cerritos attack which through the first 23 games of the season had posted an 8-2 conference record and a mark of 18-5 overall.

“I thought we played hard for 40 minutes, I thought the team stuck to the game plan for a large part of it and when we made adjustments they were able to make it work in our favor,” said coach Brian Chrichlow.

Defensively, Chrichlow said the team knew what they had to do. “We put more pressure on the ball, which made it difficult for those girls to get wide open looks and made it difficult for the passers to make those passes. We forced them to put the ball on the ground. We knew they could shoot, but we were able to close them out. We had to stop going for steals and leaving people wide open.”

The men’s team for their part seemed to have an easier time with a 27 point win, as they defeated Cerritos 85-58. The Falcons were coming in after their first conference win four days prior, but the Mounties were true on 48 percent of their field goals in the first half, led by Sophomore Lavelle McDade and freshman Garret Nevels, who combined for 23 points in the first half of play.

Mt. SAC was up 45-27 to start the second half and led by as much as 51-35 at the 7:20 mark of the period. The Falcons struggled from the field all night, sinking a mere 31 percent while Mt. SAC shot 50 percent, including eight 3 pointers. With the win the Mounties improved to 16-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference.

“They came out and played hard, they came out and played like I expected them to come out and play,” said coach Criss Freeman. “We usually do a good job at home, there are things we need to fix if we want to get to the next level and get in the top 5 and put up one of these banners like the women have. They work hard, they are a great group of guys, you can’t ask much more from them, they come out and put the game plan I put out on the board onto the floor for the most part. They play hard, that’s what gets our wins. That goes a long way in basketball.”

Freeman says despite injuries throughout the year, Mt.SAC’s reserves come out and practice hard and he said he was happy to be able to give some of them some time on the court. “To get them as much experience is great, it feels good for their confidence to give them some extended minutes.”

Both teams are on the road again this weekend. They tip off tonight against Southwest at 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. respectively.


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January 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Mt. SAC Hoops in Action, Highlighted by the Women’s Team Taking the Fullerton College Tournament Championship

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By Henry Montemayor


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Mt. SAC Women's hoops in tournament action against Cerritos photo credit: Henry Montemayor

FULLERTON –Even the best of teams will face a challenge, whether it be a foe who is faster, smarter than, or is evenly matched with you.

Thursday night, the Mt. SAC women’s basketball team met their match in the Cerritos College Falcons as they scraped out a 61-58 victory in the Championship game of the Fullerton College Holiday tournament.

Mt. SAC had an easy road to the finals, winning in double-figures victories against Santa Monica 78-28 and Moorpark College 73-45.

“The girls played extra hard at times today,” said Mounties head coach Brian Crichlow. “They executed well and made free throws down the stretch, very important.”

Leading 59-58, Mt. SAC made a key defensive stop where Danielle Peacon was fouled in the ensuing play.  She  would make the free throws to seal the
victory for the Mounties 61-58, as Cerritos’ final heave to tie fell just short.

Pecon finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds.  She also had four blocks and four steals and was named to the all-tournament team along with Ashley Burchfield.  Morgan Mason added 17 points, along with two blocks and four steals to earn the tournament MVP

“I don’t really like playing a team three times in a season,” Crichlow said, “but if we continue to win against them, I’ll take them.”

Andrina Rendon led three Cerritos players in double figures, finishing with 15 points, two assists, two rebounds and seven steals to earn all-tournament honors. Marissa Rendon added 14 points and three steals, while Armelia Patterson tallied 11 points for the Falcons.

Mt. SAC (13-2, 3-0 South Coast Conference) resumes conference play as they host Pasadena City College Wednesday.  Tip-off is at 5pm.


MT SAN ANTONIO (61)- Danielle Pecon (25), Morgan Mason (17),
Arielle George (5), Leticia Galarza (4), Tatiana Parish (3), Ashley Burchfield
(3) Rachel Williams (2) Shawlina Segovia (2)

CERRITOS COLLEGE (58)-Andrina Rendon (15), Marissa Rendon (14), Armelia Patterson (11), Talor Hixon (9), Regina English (4), Angela Pena (2), Dershawna Staves (2), Diamond Roberts (1)

Darnell Taylor’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with no time remaining helped lift the Saddleback Gauchos over the Mt. SAC Mounties 66-65 Wednesday evening in a non-conference matchup.

Taylor finished with 19 points and five rebounds, including 10 of the final 12 points of the game, but his shot at the buzzer proved to be the stake in the heart of the Mounties who used a 6-0 run of its own to get into position to win the game.

Aaron Brevard added 11 points and two rebounds, while Darren Henchanova tallied nine points- all from behind the arc-along with two rebounds. Alex Worthen-Harris added seven points, including an emphatic dunk which help the Gauchos take a 53-50 lead late into the second half.

Trailing 54-57, Mt SAC’s Darnell Martin stepped up, scoring six unanswered points culminating on a put-back dunk to take the 59-57 lead.  Lavelle McDade
would score the next four points to make the score 65-63 and would make an
important stop as Saddleback threatened to score.

McDade finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Garrett Nevels added 11 points, while Ashton Robinson and Corey Allen each tallied 10 points, including three 3-pointers for Robinson.  Overall, Mt. SAC converted 10 shots from behind the arc.

Mt. SAC bounced back Friday night to defeat San Diego City College to get back on the winning track.

Mt. SAC (9-5) begins conference play Wednesday as it hosts Pasadena City College.  Tip off time is 7pm.


SADDLEBACK (66) – Darnell Taylor (19), Aaron Brevard (11), Darren Henchanova (9), Alex Worthen-Harris (7), Miles Green (6), Carlton Hayes (6), Devin Golston (4),  Josiah Thropay (2), Everett Osborne (2)

MT. SAN ANTONIO (65) – Lavelle McDade (13), Garrett Nevels (11), Ashton Robinson (10), Corey Allen (10), Darnell Martin (8), Earvin Ware (5), Taj Spencer (4), Jeffery Nibo (3), Chaz Thomas (1)

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January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm