Falcons drop first loss against rival Long Beach City


Sophomore guard No. 5 Tawon Elston jumped past the Long Beach City College defender to extend the lead in the first half. Elston finished with 23 points against Long Beach City College at Cerritos College on Feb. 8, 2019. Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz

Derrick Coleman

The Cerritos College men’s basketball team lost against rival Long Beach City College 90-85 at home on Feb. 8.

The Falcons were undefeated in conference up until this game and with this loss, they have fallen into a first place tie.

Falcons basketball is now 18-6 overall in the season and are now 5-1 in conference.

Head coach Russ May said, “We gave them 90 points, so we didn’t do a very good job. Give them credit, they had some good shots. We just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch.”

Freshman guard No. 13 Chance Hunter finished the game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Sophomore guard No. 5 Tawon Elston came off the bench with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a single block in the 31 minutes he played.

Sophomore center No. 32 Austin Freeman came into the game, immediately got fouled, went to the free throw line and made both baskets.

He finished the game with 11 rebounds, eight points and two assists.

May said, “Austin’s a big man, he’s a great athlete. He’s been working hard in practice. We got some opportunity for him and he’s actually stepped up to the plate.”

It was 28-30 with four minutes to go in the first half of the game, Cerritos had many fouls in the last few minutes, but Hunter made a basket to tie the game.

Sophomore guard No. 1 Cody Wilkes had nine points, four rebounds, two steals and a single assist in the game against Long Beach City College.

May said, “Cody got off to a good start and then they really keyed on him.

“They really wanted to take him away from our team and he still played very well. He made a lot of good plays tonight, and I’m really proud of him.”

The Falcons will play their next conference match away at El Camino College on Feb. 13.

The team previously defeated El Camino College 99-53 on Jan. 25 when the team first met this season.

Falcons’ basketball will follow the away game with its final three conference matches of the regular season.