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Men’s basketball fights through adversity, securing their fifth straight win

Jah-Tosh Baruti
No. 20 Jason Carter makes a crisp no-look pass to his teammate for a score

Falcons men’s basketball team wins their fifth consecutive game by defeating L.A. Harbor College, with a final score of 77-64.

After beating their conference rival, they are now 4-0 in the South Coast Conference, as they reside at the top spot in the conference.

Friday’s game featured several different storylines of adversity.

The head coach for Cerritos College men’s basketball team, Russ May, did not coach in this game due to personal reasons, according to assistant coaches and players.

However, he is said to be doing fine.

“We had some other distractions before the game, so we had to lock in [and] it took us a while to lock in, said Freshman Guard No. 1 Christian Alvis.

“Our bus didn’t come–get us, so we had to all take our cars to the game,” said Alvis.

He said it was something new that they experienced with the team bus not showing up.

After the game, as players were waiting in the hallway and interviews were being conducted, all the Cerritos College players were asked to leave out of the building.

During that time, someone near by, presumably a Falcons player’s family member stated loudly, “Dang! We can’t even talk?” Followed by, “Y’all that mad? Damn. With all these 1960 ass trophies.”

That entire sequence added to the strange occurrences on the night.

There was also an incident where a Cerritos College player and an L.A. Harbor player met in the hallway and no, they were not complementing each other’s game.

Sophomore Forward No. 1 Demetrius Thomas said, “One of their players and then one of our players were jawing at each other during the game and then when we were going in the locker room, I guess tempers just flared and they were trying to fight, but I just grabbed the team and [told them to go] in the team room and just change.”

He said it started on the court and continued after the game “… and they took the L, so some people get real mad and all it takes is—anything you say and then it just explodes,” said Thomas.

During that heated exchange between his teammate and an opposing player, Thomas told his team “We not bout [sic] to feed into this, if one of us gets in trouble [that player’s] going to get suspended for a game or two, we don’t need that, we need all our players.”

There seemed to be some bad blood between the two teams. Last time they met (towards the end of last season) Cerritos College men’s basketball team beat L.A.Harbor by 26 points, winning 78-54 in a blowout.

The next time these two teams meet will be on Valentines Day (Feb. 14), that game will be sure to add to the conference rivalry.

No. 21 Jonathan Guzman, said of the team, “We have a huge target on our back, every since they think that we’re spoiled—we work for every thing we’ve done, we’re not [19-4] for no reason.”

This game was all tied up at 33-33 when the players exited the court for halftime.

Assistant coach of eight years for Cerritos College, Jordan Littlejohn, said after the game, “The performance was much better the second half, the first half we got over the little jitters.

“The second half we came out and played Falcon basketball, we did it the Falcon way,” said Littlejohn.

Littlejohn elaborated on what “Falcon basketball” means, saying, “Oh man, listen, we just go out and shut em’ down defensively, run our offensive plays [and] pay attention to the things that coach may tell us to do.” [sic]

Cerritos outscored LA Harbor by 13 points in the second half, as they locked up a season high fourth straight double-digit win.

Guzman, said, “The big goal is to win state and I think we have a great opportunity to do that.”

He also talked about the five game winning streak, saying, “I think it’s great—coming from Paramount [HS], I really didn’t win anything, [so] for the record to be 19-4, is ridiculous, even league [4-0]. I wanna [sic] go undefeated.”

“Every since I’ve came here all I wanted to do is win—I don’t know what losing is anymore,” said Guzman.

Cerritos College men’s basketball team will play their next game versus Long Beach City College at home on Jan. 31, it will be the team’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer game.

The game will be broadcasted live on YouTube: http://www.cerritosfalcons.com/links/lgdp2b

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About the Contributor
Jah-Tosh Baruti
Jah-Tosh Baruti, Staff Writer
Jah-Tosh Baruti is author of the sports column titled Shmackem. Previously he was sports editor for Talon Marks. Baruti also took home an award for his sports writing at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state conference in 2018.
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Men’s basketball fights through adversity, securing their fifth straight win