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Mt. SAC Men’s Basketball Open Mountie Classic with Win over Middlebrooks Academy 86-65

By John M. Sherrard

(Walnut, CA) Mt. SAC guard Darrell Williams drained eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead the Mounties to an 86-65 win over Middlebrooks Academy in the opening game of the 9th Annual Mountie Classic Friday afternoon.

Williams was 8 of 17 from beyond the arc with five rebounds and had a steal for the Mounties.

"It's always good to get a win," Williams said. "We always want to take control from the start."

The Mounties took a nine-point lead 39-30 at the half and never looked back in the second half scoring 47 points. It was the third time the Mounties scored over 47 points after the break this season.

Guard Marc Howard Jr. added 20 points for the Mounties, which included four 3-pointers. He was 4 of 5 from the charity stripe and grabbed seven rebounds.

As a team, the Mounties drained 15 3-pointers in the game for the most all season to date.

Evan Council (5 of 6 FG, 4 RB) and guard Josiah Yarde (5 steals, 2 blocks) both had 12 points for the Mounties. Yarde also had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Even though Mt. SAC guard Corey Grant (3 steals) scored only one point he was invaluable to the team as he made his first start since the opening game of the season in San Francisco after an injury.

Grant had a game-high 11 assists and ran the floor from the point guard position, feeding Williams multiple times.

"I saw that he was hot and I looked at him and I saw it in his eyes and just said 'keep shooting it,'" Grant said.

"It was frustrating on the sidelines not playing and I was trying to motivate my teammates as much as I could."

After the injury, Grant sat the next five games until his start on Friday.

"We have a lot of young guys on the team and we're just getting used to winning," Grant added.

Forward Derrick Irenen (5 reb) and 6-9 forward Minfeke Sanoe (5 reb) scored eight and five points respectively for the Mounties.

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