It was Sophomore Night for the LBCC Viking’s Men Basketball team and Sophomore guard William English added 17 on his night, but it was Freshmen forward Artis Paris who led the charge with 20 points which helped LBCC surge late to get the 75-69 win over Cerritos, which puts their overall record at 18-11, and 7-3 in conference play.
The sophomore’s came to play early with sophomore forward Dwayne Hicks scoring the first 5 points, and English led the team with 8 points.
After a bit of an intense and sloppy first half a nice bench spark from freshman guard Jaimu Akinbile and freshmen Forward Artis Paris kept LBCC within striking distance.
The second half featured back and forth play between the two teams, but key plays down the stretch by Paris, including a game sealing slam dunk, eventually allowed the vikings to break away, “I feel great, after this win we go to playoffs,and hopefully make it to state”. Paris Said
English helped secure the win with some clutch buckets and free throws and talked about the team’s confidence going into playoffs, “We been having confidence, we had a somewhat good record somewhat bad record, but we always had confidence coaches believe in us and players believe in each other and it’s just a matter of who we play in the playoffs and we’ll be ready to go.” English said.
The Vikings are looking to keep that confidence going into playoff play where they will face off against Palomar College in the first round on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hall of Champions Gymnasium.