Men’s basketball begins season with tournament title

The Pierce College men’s basketball team started the 2012-13 season on a positive note by winning the Don Gehler Memorial Tournament 2012 at San Diego Miramar College on Saturday.

The Brahmas won the tournament title after defeating Sierra College 90-84 on Saturday in the final game of the three-day tournament.

“They were big and strong and athletic like us, so we didn’t have that clear advantage that we had in some of the other games,” said head coach Edward Babayan, regarding Sierra’s team.

Prior to the final game, Pierce had eliminated Barstow College and Miramar College with final scores of 74-52 and 78-58, respectively.

“I was proud of them. There was a very adverse and difficult environment, and they really pulled together and worked really hard,” Babayan said.

Pierce freshman point guard J.R. Williams was chosen as the most valuable player (MVP) of the tournament, while sophomore power forward Codye Hatcher was awarded a spot on the all-tournament first team.

“We felt, as coaches, that pretty much everybody that got in contributed to help us at some point or another,” Babayan said. “It was a really good team effort.”

Babayan highlighted the team’s defense, energy and athletic abilities as key attributes, and also praised the players’ ability to work together despite being a relatively new team.

“The tournament was probably what I thought it would be,” he said. “I just think we were able to really come together a lot faster than I thought we would be able to. So I was very pleased with the fact that they really pulled together as a team so they could win.”

The Brahmas will host Glendale College in their next game on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m in South Gym.

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