The East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team has won it’s first conference championship title in 42 years and moves on to the State Southern California Region playoffs this Friday where they will take on 11th seed Citrus College.
The Huskies defeated visiting Mt. San Antonio College, 79-63 last Friday in front of a capacity-filled gymnasium to win the South Coast Conference North Division championship outright.
The Huskies won six of their final eight games and three straight to finish at the top of the standings with a 9-5 conference record.
It was one of the most competitive seasons in South Coast Conference history, according to ELAC. Six different teams nearly won a share of the two conference titles as South Coast play came to an end last Friday. Cerritos, Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor finished in a three-way tie in the South Division.
The championship is East L.A.’s first since 1971-72, when the Huskies captured the Southern California Conference under the late Gordon “Bud” Naslund and were led by All-State forward Ken Gray and all-conference guard Kenny Tyler.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (20-8) play 11th seed Citrus College (15-8) Friday night at home. Tipoff is at 7.
It will be the first meeting between the teams since the Huskies stunned the Owls, 85-84, in the opening round of Citrus’ own tournament Nov. 23, 2012.
Second-year Coach John Mosley has continued to push the Huskies into the school’s record books, last season becoming the first men’s basketball team to win a playoff game last Friday becoming the first team to have consecutive 20-win seasons.
Freshman guard Te’shon Burton (Leuzinger High School) scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies past Mt. San Antonio last Friday. Sophomore forward Aaron Cheatum (Rancho Verde HS) put in 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and sophomore forward Zach Hinton (Franklin HS) had 16 points and also had nine rebounds.
The Huskies also got nine points from freshman guard Marcus Romain (Progressive Christian HS, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and eight points from Primitivo Gomez (Arroyo HS). Davian Wilson (Jordan HS) dished off seven assists.