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Mt. SAC Men’s Basketball Stays Unbeaten in SCC North; Defeats L.A. Trade Tech, 98-87

File Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage
File Photo Courtesy of DavesSportsImage

(Los Angeles, CA) Six players in double figures led the Mt. SAC Men's Basketball team to its fifth consecutive South Coast Conference North Division win over L.A. Trade Tech, 98-87, on Wednesday February 7. With the win, the Mounties improved to 21-2 overall and 5-0 in the SCC North. The Mounties continue to hold a one-game lead over PCC (4-1) in the SCC North standings.

Leading the way for the state 3C2A 10th-ranked Mounties was sophomore guard CJ Fisher (6-12 FGM-A, 3-4 3 PM-A, 6-6 FTM-A) with a season-high 21 points. Fisher also had a season-high 15 rebounds (3 O, 12 D).

Sophomore guard Nick Hopkins (5-11 FGM-A, 9-12 FTM-A, 7 RB) added 19 points, while four other Mounties – Michael Ejumeta (13), Mikah Gardner (11), Jerimiyah Smith (11) and Elijah Cirilo (10) were also in double figures.

As a team, the Mounties shot 75% (24-32) from the free throw line, 52.4% (33-63) from the field and were 50% (8-16) from long range.

Nine players scored in the big first half for the Mounties as they built up a 45-29, lead at the break. Gardner (3-4 FGM-A, 2-2 3 PM-A) led the way with nine points in the half.

Hopkins and Fisher led Mt. SAC with 13 second-half points each, as the Mounties built up a game-high 24-point lead, 63-39, with 14:06 left in the game.

Trade Tech outscored the Mounties, 49-35, the rest of the way but never threatened, only getting within eight points 90-82 with 1:26 remaining in the game.

Mt. SAC, with only five games remaining in the regular season, will host L.A. City College (4-19, 0-5) on Friday (Feb. 9).