Playoffs in the air for men’s basketball team


Sophomore forward Jarion Henry goes for the pull-up jumper against Long Beach City College in a Feb. 14 match. He is averaging 12.3 points per game.Photo credit: Denny Cristales

Cerritos College men’s basketball team was informed it will be an eight seed and will host Cuesta College in the first round game in the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

The team posted a 17-10 record this season, which led to a three-way tie with the LA Harbor Seahawks (21-6, 10-3) and Long Beach City (18-9, 10-3).

“We still came out as the No.1 seed in our conference, we overcame a lot of adversity early in the season,” head coach Russ May said.

Whoever Cerritos College may play, it is probable that it will be a high scoring game, as the men average 73.6 points per game on 42.1 percent from the field.

However, it scores 27.2 percent from the three point line and 27.2 percent free throws per game, allowing opponents to score on average 69.8 point per game.

The men’s team is more than likely to run the table and win it all when it comes to playing at home, posting a 6-2 record at home.

“It’s also good to play at home … we want to take care of home court and go try to win on the road. And hopefully, return home for the Final Four State Championships,” coach May said.

Around this time of the post-season, personal stats are put aside and it is just about analyzing each opponent and surviving each round.

Cuesta College is not a team Cerritos College is looking to pass by, as it will be taking a one game at a time approach. The game will be held at Cerritos College on Friday at 7 p.m.