Men’s basketball team defeats Modesto Junior College to continue win streak


Courtesy of Jonathan Wong

The CRC men’s basketball team beats Modesto Junior College Pirates for their sixth win in a row on Tuesday. Sophomore wing LaDarious Stanfield goes up for a layup against MJC defense.

The Cosumnes River College men’s basketball team kept their win streak alive after beating Modesto Junior College on Tuesday.
With a final score of 84-55, this game marks the sixth consecutive win for the Hawks. The game was dominated by the Hawks with good ball movement and aggressive rebounds and they were able to maintain a solid lead throughout the game.
“We should’ve beat them by a lot more honestly,” said sophomore wing LaDarious Stanfield. “We play a lot more confident when we’re ahead.”
Stanfield, alongside sophomore point guard Brandon Scott and freshman guard Karlos Zepeda, were the leading scorers for the Hawks. They put up a combined 43 points out of the 84 scored in the game.
“We just try to get it done every night,” Scott said. “Whether we are in the lead or not, we just come out trying to play hard and everybody is locked in and ready to go.”
The Hawks won the tip off and were able to control the flow of the game early with good ball movement.
Freshman forward Antonio Tercero put the Hawks on the board after making both free throws from a foul, with Zepeda quick to follow with a three point basket.
MJC stepped up their intensity in the final minutes of the second half, making a comeback and going into halftime with a score of 46-32 Hawks.
“I think we’re always playing with a sense of urgency, whether we are up or we are down, that’s kind of our mentality,” said Head Coach Jonathan James. “When we’re up in a game we don’t think we ever have them, it’s not over until the final horn sounds.”
MJC started the second half off strong with three baskets and primary control over the ball. After calling a few timeouts, the Hawks were able to bounce back with layups and free throws as well as applying more pressure defensively.
The Hawks maintained control of the ball and their lead up to the final seconds of the game.
With only six games left in the season, the team will look to continue their winning streak. The Hawks next home game is on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. against the Santa Rosa Bear Cubs.