Cerritos College defeated Irvine Valley College 69-63 last Thursday in an overtime thriller. The scores were close throughout the entire game.
The first half was back and forth. A lot of slick passes and smooth jumpers were made by both teams. At the half the score was 27-22 with IVC leading.
Chris Taylor was leading the Lasers with 9 points and Anthony Holliday led Cerritos with 12 points.
The second half had the same result. Taylor and Austin Loeb were diving all over the floor for loose balls.
Holliday continued to stay on fire connecting on two of three 3-point shots.
There were a lot of turnovers. IVC committed 12 turnovers in the second half, and Cerritos had seven.
The last two minutes of the second half caused the crowd to stand up and cheer. There were a lot of game changing plays.
Loeb had the only dunk in the game with 1:58 left in the second half. IVC regained the lead (51-49) with that slam. It brought all Laser fans to their feet.
Cerritos had fell behind 57-51 with 35.6 seconds left. They had to play the foul game. Holiday scored and got fouled, making the free throw. The score was 57-54 with 22.7 seconds left.
IVC committed a turnover and Cerritos had a chance to tie it up. Holiday was the guy to do it. He hit a 3-point shot with 0.3 seconds left on the clock. The score was 57-57, and it was time for overtime.
Cerritos took an early lead in overtime and wouldn’t let up. Their defense caused turnovers and forced some blocks. IVC was stunned.
Cerritos had defeated IVC in overtime. The final score was 69-63. With that win, Cerritos would play in the championship game of the IVC Tourney.
IVC shot 43.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point land, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line. Cerritos shot 41.7 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three, and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Chris Taylor led IVC with 15 points, five assists, and six rebounds.
Kaleb Hatcher had 13 points. IVC had 20 turnovers.
Anthony Holiday finished with 26 points for Cerritos. Willie Edwards had 11 points, and he also had three three-point field goals in overtime.
Darius Williams had 14 points and four blocks.
IVC defeated Cuyamaca 71-40 last Saturday in the Consolation final game.