Men’s basketball drops third game of the season

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Warriors freshman guard Jason Ball makes the open dunk during Tuesday’s home game against Irvine Valley College.The Warriors lost to the Lasers, 70-59, dropping their record for the season to 0-3. Photo credit: Jo Rankin

El Camino’s men’s basketball team (0-3) hosted the Irvine Valley College Lasers (1-0) on Tuesday for the third game of the season, and dropped the ball in a close 70-59 game, according to results from coach Robert Uphoff.

The Warriors started the game off strong in the first half, which ended 30-28 with the Lasers in the lead. Coach Uphoff felt that his team played a solid first half, but that their performance in the second half was lacking.

“Our second half was really a let down,” he said. “We had a problem locking down the other teams offense, and there were too many turnovers given.”

The Warriors gave up 21 turnovers and 22 points off of turnovers to the Lasers, according to coach Uphoff. In addition, EC’s free-throw percentage really lacked in the game, as they went 8-19 from the line.

Among the players on the team, Uphoff singled out freshman center Gavin Reagan as one of the strongest in the game. Reagan scored 11 points in the 27 minutes he played for the Warriors, as well as recording eight rebounds and no turnovers.

“I’d pick him (Reagan) due to his consistency in the game,” Uphoff said. “It was his best game of the last three, and he really stepped up.”

The Warriors will play in the ECC Tournament of Champions this weekend on their home court, as they look to add a win to their record early on in the season.