Warriors lose in final of overtime

The El Camino College Warriors men’s basketball team (2-17), lost in the final seconds of overtime (57-64), at home Friday against Mt. San Antonio College.

Forward Sterling Miller made a clutch three point shot in the last seconds of the game which tied the score. Miller finished with 18 points and six defensive rebounds off the bench.

Head Coach Robert Uphoff was impressed at the competitiveness of his players. “Our team was down by eight going into the second half,” Uphoff said. “We managed to stay in the game, but let it slip away in overtime.”

The Warriors created 26 turnovers, and during overtime, missed free throws were the difference breaker in which Mt. San Antonio took advantage of to win.

The Warriors have yet to win a game since Nov. 24 against College of the Sequoias. Most games the men competed in this season were very close games, but let games slip away within the final minutes of play.

“We tend to play hard during the first half,” Miller said. “Our miscommunication and making horrible decisions in clutch situations is usually the reason why we lose.”

Bench players Marcus Clark and Darius Spates contributed to the Warriors offense in a major way, scoring 10 and 13 points a piece.

The Warriors are currently on a 14 game losing streak, (0-8) in conference, with only five matches left in the season. They will not be competing in playoffs this 2013-2014 season.

Uphoff and his team must snap out of their bad habits during gameplay in order to finish out matches when they get close. Most of the times, players lose focus and begin to take bad shot attempts and turn the ball over when they need it the most.

El Camino will travel to Los Angeles Trade Tech College this Wednesday to attempt to snap out of their loss streak, and end the season on a positive note, set for 7 p.m.