After holding the lead for much of the first half, the Cougars defense allowed back to back 3’s with just over 7 minutes to go. COC’s head coach Howard Fisher called a time out but it was already too late.
The Monarchs had taken the lead and there was no looking back.
LAVC dominated the Cougars from the perimeter behind guard Marcus Johnson who had 27 points, and shot 7-8 from the 3-point line.
It seemed like every look he had was wide open, and as a team the Monarchs shot 48 percent from the perimeter in the win.
“We just started giving up wide open threes, we didn’t rotate defensively quick enough,” said Cougar head coach Howard Fisher. ”They just did a great job”.
The Monarchs move on in the Southern California Regionals, and will play No.4 seed San Bernardino Valley in the second round on Saturday.
For Cougars sophomore’s Rafael Love, Wes Bartole and Brad Wyche however Wednesday night was most likely the last time in a junior college basketball uniform.
“You know we’re all trying to play at the next level, Rafs getting good looks, Wes getting good looks and me, I’m getting some looks to,” said COC guard Brad Wyche, who finished the season with an Honorable mention in the All-Western State Conference-South Division.” We’re all going to be playing next level soon.”
Now beginning the offseason the Cougar’s main priorities are getting their sophomores to the next level, and filling their spots during recruiting.
“Were trying to make sure our sophomores have a place to go next year, our three sophomores Rafael Love, Wes Bartole and Brad Wyche have opportunities next year,” said Fisher.” And we’ll start the recruiting process to fill their spots.”
The women’s Cougar basketball team however, still remains in the playoffs and will be taking on No. 6 seed Cerritos College on Saturday at Gahr High School at 7 PM.