MONTEREY PARK — Overcoming a slow start in South Coast Conference play, the East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team has rallied to even its North Division record to 2-2.
ELAC defeated Los Angeles Trade Tech College, 86-80, and El Camino Compton Center, 85-72, last week to score consecutive victories for the first time since defeating Orange Coast College and Moorpark College Nov. 28-29 at the Citrus College Tournament.
Moreover, the Huskies improved to 10-8 overall. They played Cerritos College Wednesday and face Long Beach City College Friday.
Marcus Romain poured in 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Huskies to the victory at Trade Tech last Friday. The 6-feet 2-inch sophomore guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., made nine of 16 shots from the floor (two of two from three-point range) and converted 12 of 16 free throw attempts.
Romain was one of five Huskies to score in double figures. Je’ron Primus, a Westchester High School product, scored 12 points, dished off five assists and had three steals. Michael Cardenas and Richard Bivens scored 11 points each. Bivens also had 11 rebounds. Marquis Salmon added 10 points and had six rebounds and four assists.
ELAC led the game 51-32 at halftime and led by as many as 21 points. But Trade Tech rallied and made several runs at the Huskies. The Beavers were led by Ashwell Boyd and Jerodd Blount with 17 points and 16 points, respectively.
With the loss, Trade Tech dropped to 3-15 overall and 0-3 in the SCC North.
Romain and Salmon also led ELAC to victory over El Camino Compton Center, as they each scored 19 points. Bivens had 10 points, and Te’Shon Burton and Primus each added nine.
El Camino-Compton was led by James Boyd with 16 points and 16 rebounds. The Tartars also got 15 points from Larenzo Murphy, 13 points from Chris Townsell and 10 points from Taurus Dantignac.