The final home game for the men’s basketball team did not end the way they it was anticipated, as the Mt. SAC offense took off in the second half, dealing Rio Hondo a defeat in the conference.
The Roadrunners had the advantage early in the game, as they led by a score of 18-8 seven minutes into the game and were on their way to win their first South Coast conference game without much effort.
Guards Damian Salcedo and Derek Ohara kept the offense alive for Rio in the first quarter, with Salcedo contributing with five points while dishing out seven assists. Ohara had the hot hand, making a several three pointers, having 12 points to end the half.
Soon after the Mounties came back with a run of their own and took the lead, taking advantage of the fouls and turnovers from the Roadrunner offense to take a 41-39 lead going into the half.
After losing the lead midway through the first half, most of Rio’s shooters were unable to find the basket and turned the ball over 13 times, compared to five turnovers in the first.
Ohara tried his best to get within striking distance, continuing his hot shooting streak with 13 points but Salcedo could not keep up his great play, turning the ball over five times and only garnering one assist in the second.
The Mounties lead had ballooned to as much as 19 until the Roadrunners began to make a comeback near the end but the run was too late. The Roadrunners 22 turnovers led to 31 points for the Mounties, and poor bench production could not keep up with Mt. SAC, losing the battle 39-7.
A night where Salcedo, Myles Jackson and Angelo Sandoval were being honored for the annual Sophomore Night, recognizing the athletes for their contribution on the team, was spoiled by Mt. SAC’s victory and left them with a bitter defeat in the South Coast Conference with a record of 0-8.
The loss drops the Roadrunners to 8-18 overall as they have not won a game since Dec 17, when they faced Santa Barbara College in the L.A Southwest Intensity Classic. They will be on the road for their next game, facing Pasadena City College on Feb 15.