Wolfpack boys tear into Eagles

The MSJC Men’s Basketball team lost to San Bernardino Valley on Friday, 90-65

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Men’s basketball coach Patrick Springer reviews plays with his Eagles, with San Bernardino’s Wolverines in the background.

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

It has been several years since Mt. San Jacinto College has played San Bernardino Valley, according to Coach Patrick Springer. But that just means last Friday night’s match between the two opponents has been a long time coming.
San Bernardino took the tip-off and the first three points of the game before MSJC made the big board. The Wolverines held the lead for five minutes before the Eagles took it over…but the Wolverines took it back two minutes later. After the first half, the Eagles were losing to San ‘B’ by a spread of 38-28.
In the second half, Springer was noticeably animated as his Eagles tried to close that 10-point gap. Within five minutes, the gap grew to 13. At that point, Springer called a timeout to review plays, and then called another one five minutes later. Then again five minutes after that. It was obvious throughout the second half that Springer felt the refs were slow to make calls and often made inaccurate ones during this game…and was vocal about it. But despite multiple timeouts and much frustration, the Eagle boys just couldn’t fend off the Wolfpack. San Bernardino would celebrate a 90-65 victory over the Eagles.
Springer described this tough loss.
“I thought we struggled to score and that led to breakdowns on the defensive end; good teams cannot let their offense affect their defense,” said Springer. “We are working on the fundamentals of individual and team defense and offensive execution.”
That said, Springer and his team were happy to see the San Bernardino boys for the first time since MSJC joined the Pacific Coast athletic conference: “SBVC is an old rival, we hope to play better when we travel to their gym.”
The boys are now 17–10 for the season, 3-2 in the PCAC. The Wolverines, however, are now proving to be formidable foes with a record of 20-5 and 5–0.
The Gents’ next home game is this Saturday against the Miramar Jets. Until then, it’s safe to assume some preening is going on. This game certainly ruffled all the coaches’ feathers, but can the Eagles run the jets out of fuel? That would be anyone’s guess.

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