Falcons break even on day one


Taylor Ogata

The Falcons’ Tyler Payne (#2) pivots against a double-team from Citrus in game 2. Stats were not disclosed for this game. Photo credit: Taylor Ogata

Taylor Ogata

The season does not start until early November, however the SoCal Juco Fall Jamboree serves as a tune-up for the upcoming season.

The Jamboree is a pre-season showcase of 43 community colleges from all over Southern California all playing against each other in the name of fun.

The Cerritos College men’s basketball team lost the first game of the Fall Southern California Junior College Jamboree to Saddleback College 43-23 and then beat Citrus College 59-58 in the second game.

“[Saddleback] really handled us good in the first game,” Head coach Russ May said.

After succumbing to Saddleback College, the team was able to settle down before barely escaping Citrus.

“[Citrus] was also very good, they played extremely hard and can also shoot very well,” he added.

Freshman Dillon Reise said, “[This showcase] is a good tune-up for the upcoming season. I learned how the offense works as well as find out about opponents.”

“We turned [the ball] over a lot in game one and we also couldn’t get back on defense, so it’s something we have to work on,” Sophomore Anthony Lefeau said.

“We also have to be ready and we were in game two, and we always have to be,” he added.

The 2015-16 season will start Nov. 6 as the Falcons play in the Miramar College tournament.