(Walnut, CA) The Mt. SAC Men's Basketball team got a big win in its South Coast Conference opening game Wednesday (Jan. 19) against visiting Pasadena City College, 92-62, for its fifth win in a row and seventh in the last eight games.
Four players scored in double figures, led by sophomore forward Jamal Edmonson (8-11 FGM-A, 2-3 3PM-A, 2-3 FTM-A, 8 RB, 1 Stl, 1 Blk) with a game-high 20 points.
"Today's win coming in the conference was good," Edmonson said. "I know last year they only had three (1-7) wins and we're trying to change the culture.
"It's different now. We're trying to get a conference championship."
The three other players scoring in double figures were – freshman guard Shaquil Bender (6-14 FGM-A, 1-4 3PM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 2 RB, 2 A, 2 Stls.), 17 points, freshman guard Justyn Hunter (6-11 FGM-A, 2-2 FTM-A, 4 RB, 5 A, 3 Stls., 1 Blk), 15 points and sophomore forward Dyren brown (6-9 FGM-A, 10 RB, 1 Blk), 13 points.
"Without a doubt, it's exciting to get the first conference win and having it be at home is exciting within itself," Mt. SAC Men's Basketball coach Michael Fenison said. "We're working hard and still have a long way to go. We're still learning each other and we're inconsistent with our defense.
"We're happy where we are, but we're not satisfied. We need to make the playoffs and then take one game at a time."
The Mounties, (12-4, 1-0) started fast with a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Khalid Wilkins (4 RB, 1-3 3PM-A, 3 Pts.) and never let up.
Bender added another long-range basket at the 12:16 mark to give the Mounties a 17-7 lead.
Bender also scored on a driving layup for the biggest lead (19 points), 39-20, of the first half.
The Mounties led 41-23 at the break.
Early in the second half, bender again provided a highlight with a big slam dunk and the 52-37 lead and Brown put an exclamation point on the game with four minutes left for the seventh 3-pointer for the Mounties and the 75-49 lead.
"We just play hard for each other and just try to get that ball to roll around a little bit," said Mt. SAC freshman forward Christian Jones (3-5 FGM-A, 6 RB, 2 A, 2 Stls, 2 Blks), who had six points.
Mt. SAC will now play five road games before returning home on Friday, Feb. 11 against L.A. Trade Tech.
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