Rocky start for Olympians Basketball

Andrea Malloyd

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Last month, college basketball began with a large crowd of support for the San Diego Mesa Olympians at the Midnight Madness event held to kickoff the upcoming season. Although since the event, the men’s basketball team has had a shaky start, winning only one of their six games thus far.

In the men’s season opener against Barstow College on Nov. 11, the Olympians suffered a loss of 82-70. Barstow College had a 13-point lead at half time but during the second half, Mesa was able to close the gap to four points. Despite the loss, Mesa guard Josh White led scoring that night with a total of 25 points.

After an unfortunate loss in the season opener, the Olympians came from behind to pull off a win against Reedley College 57-55 on Nov. 14. Mesa trailed Reedley for most of the game, but with four seconds left guard Antoine Dwight scored four points and the winning basket. Guard D. Brown scored 12 points while guard RJ Rowan and Dwight followed with 10 points each.

Following the only win of the season thus far, the Olympians suffered four consecutive losses.

The Olympians fell to Santa Ana College in a road loss of 74-48. Forward Cliff Adams led the team in scoring with 14 points. Adams also had six rebounds and two blocked shots.

After their second loss, the Olympians hosted L.A. Pierce College at Mesa. However, home court advantage did not guarantee a win for the men’s team.

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