Zach Mills holds the ball as the clock runs out at the end of the game. (Susan Ray)
IVC’s Men’s Lasers made the Play-Offs
The Irvine Valley College Men’s and Women’s basketball teams faced off
against Riverside for the regular season’s final game. The men won 71-54, and the women won 58-33.
For the men, the Laser’s offense did a solid turn around from its weak start. Leading the turn-around was Zach
Mills with 11 points, and Shaquille Hunter with 12 points. The Lasers closed the first half with a 38-27 lead. The Laser’s didn’t give the
Tiger’s much of a chance in the second round. Hunter ended with 23 points, Mills 14 and Michael Bolden contributed 15.
“We played hard,” Mills said after the game. “We came off a hard loss Wednesday. We D’ed-up, got stops, rebounds. Just left it all on the floor”.
Mills is looking forward to transferring to UCSD, Sac State or Cal Poly Pomona. Bolden said he was happy with the second half and is looking forward to the playoffs.
“They [Riverside] hit a lot of 3’s at us [3-pointers] in the first half so we
had to adjust our defense. We had a lot of extra passes.” Boldon said he looks
forward to the first play-off match and wants to “Improve on last years and see what happened from there”.
“It came down to who had heart,” said Riverside’s Joses Franklin.
“We didn’t focus on the shooters,” said Riverside’s Dominique Lanier. “They wanted it more. We’ll be ready next year. We had a chance to win, we didn’t focus enough on the little things.”
The Laser’s victory puts IVC into the Conference Playoff’s Wednesday.
Laser’s player makes a pass. (Susan Ray)
Jeff Given gets read to pass or make a shot. (Susan Ray)
Lasers hold the ball. (Susan Ray)
Jeff Given sets up the creen for teamtate Zach Mills. (Susan Ray)