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Mt. SAC Comeback Falls Short in Final Game of 9th Annual Mountie Men’s Basketball Classic

By John M. Sherrard

(Walnut, CA) Down by as much as 13 points, the Mt. SAC Men's Basketball Team made a comeback early in the second half of the 9th Annual Mountie Classic, only to lose, 63-58, to Cerritos College on Sunday afternoon.

The Mounties (3-6) lost two of their three games in the Classic, by a combined seven points, with the outcome decided in the last few seconds in each game.

Cerritos and Orange Coast both finished at 3-0 in the six-team tournament.

Mt. SAC was led by three players in double figures, with forward Evan Council (3 of 5 3pt.) leading the way with 16 points.

Marc Howard Jr. (3 of 6 3pt., 4-4 FT) and Minfeke Sanoe (6 of 7 FG, 3-4 FT, steal) both had 15 points. Sanoe, a 6-9 forward, had a game-high 12 rebounds.

As a team, the Mounties were 15 of 21 at the charity stripe. Guards Josiah Yarde and Corey Grant were nearly perfect at the line, going 4 of 5 and 3 of 4 respectively.

Trailing by 10 points at the half, 33-23, Mt. SAC began its comeback with a 15-3 run and took its first lead of the game, early in the second half, on a 3-pointer by Howard to lead 38-36.

A minute later, after the Falcons retook the lead, 39-38, Sanoe drove the lane for a layup, followed by a Mt. SAC timeout that got the supportive Mountie crowd in a frenzy.

Neither team led by more than four points the remainder of the way. Grant, the Mountie point guard leader, fouled out midway through the second half.

Mt. SAC had a chance to steal the victory in the last minute, but Cerritos' Demetrius Thomas, the tournament MVP, scored a layup to secure the win for the Falcons.

The Mounties will host Palomar College (6-4) on Wednesday, at 7:00 pm, in a nonconference match-up.

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