Defense was key in the Brahmas victory against Glendale College. They turned it up a notch in the second half and finished strong in the Antelope Valley Tournament.
The Pierce College mens basketball team faced Glendale on Friday, Dec. 5 in a rematch from earlier in the season where Pierce won by seven points. In this match up the Brahmas won by a larger margin with a final score of 78-63.
With five minutes to go in the first half point guard Iseah Rodgers made an outstanding crossover to shake his defender and get to the rim for the shot.
“The only thing that was going on in my head during that play was getting to the rim and finishing strong to get the bucket for my team because I know that we needed a point at that time,” Rodgers said.
In the closing minutes of the first half the Brahmas went on a 8-0 run, closing out the half with a seven point lead.
To start the second half the Brahmas continued to play good team defense which led to fast break points. As they widened the lead everyone on the team was getting involved, and the bench was a big factor in the win. Assistant coach Charles White liked what he saw from his team in the win.
“We won on the defensive end in the second half and our bench was huge for us in today’s game,” White said.
Devron Reynolds finished with 19 points tied with Quincy Moore as the team’s leading scorers for the game.
“We came out ready to play. We knew that they were going to come to play after our first meeting with them,” Reynolds said.
Looking forward to Saturday’s match up against San Bernardino Valley College, one of the nation’s top teams, the Brahmas are ready for the challenge.
“Tomorrow we have to come out and play hard, play good on the defensive end and control the game,” White said. “Tomorrow is a statement game for us.”
The players and the coaching staff know that defense is going to win them that matchup.
“We have to stay together, play good defense and that will help our offense get going, they are a good team for a reason,” Rodgers said. “Defensively we can’t let them get to the rim.”