Two of the hottest teams in the community college ranks will square off at 7 p.m. March 4 when East Los Angeles College visits El Camino Compton Center in the third round of the state Southern California playoffs.
Compton, the second seed, defeated Ventura, 96-80 Feb. 25 to raise its record to 27-4. The Tartars have won five straight.
ELAC scored a stunning 79-77 victory at Mt. San Jacinto Feb. 24 to advance. The 10th seeded Huskies (22-6) take a seven-game winning streak into the contest.
It will be the first meeting of the season between Compton and ELAC, which are both in the South Coast Conference, but are grouped in separate divisions. Compton won the South title and ELAC captured the North.
A tip in by Zeno Lake with two seconds left in the game lifted ELAC to the 79-77 win at Mt. San Jacinto. Lake, a sophomore from Compton High School, scored off a missed shot by Sequan Walker. He finished the game with 15 points and seven rebounds.
A three-pointer by Mt. San Jacinto’s Mat Bradshaw had tied the score with 16 seconds left after free throws by Jesus Zesati had given the Huskies a 77-74 lead.
Walker finished with a team-high 18 points to lead ELAC, which led by 14 at halftime. He also had three rebounds, three assists and four steals. Roderick Williams scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished off two assists and got two steals. Frank Bertz added 10 points and Chima Wami put in nine points and five rebounds
Mt. San Jacinto finished its season 22-11.
Compton was led by Jayvon Brown with 26 points and four assists in its victory over Ventura. The Tartars were down 48-46 at the half, but Anthony Fitzpatrick helped lead a second half rally. He scored 14 of his 22 points and had six of his eight rebounds in the second half.
Dajion Henderson scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds, Kyvonte Davis had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Chavers added 12 points to also lead Compton.
Ventura, the 18th seed had defeated Irvine Valley in the first round. It finished the season 18-13.
The ELAC women’s team faces an all-too-familiar opponent in Pasadena March 4 in a third round SoCal regional. The second seeded Huskies (27-2) will play its South Coast Conference North rival for the third time this season. ELAC won the two previous meetings.
The Huskies beat Santa Ana, 88-74 Feb. 25 in the second round behind sophomore guard Allissa Gomez. The Roosevelt High product had 21 points, four assists and three steals.
She was one of five Huskies to score in double figures. Tiffani Martinez scored 17 points and Katrina Reeves had 16. Anastasia Tsybaeva scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and Gloria Ortiz added 10 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
Point guard Farrah Castillo dished off nine assists, had three rebounds and a steal to go with five points.
Pasadena (21-9), the 10th seed, scored an impressive 72-65 win at No. 7 Saddleback (22-10) to earn another shot at the Huskies.