CYPRESS, CA- Cypress men's basketball (7-5, 0-0 OEC) win their sixth straight against the LA Southwest Cougars (6-6, 0-0 LACCD), 59-53.
The matchup opened with a slow start on both sides. Cypress took advantage of the Cougars missed shots and turnovers. The Chargers led the game in rebounds with 32 to LA Southwest's 29. Cypress forced twice as many turnovers as they gave up by only handing over the ball 11 times.
The Chargers lead was extended to double digits with seven minutes left in the first half. A dunk by Slater Miller excited Don Johnson Court. However, nearing the end of the first half, the home team's lead shrunk. LA Southwest's push of aggressive defense created steals and points for the visiting team. The first 20 minutes of play ended with a score of 30-25.
Cypress fell behind three minutes into the second half but quickly retained it back. The Cougars never fell too far behind and eventually tied the game with eight minutes left. Two minutes remained in regulation and the Chargers managed to separate themselves by extending their lead to four points. A dagger by Hadi Essayli electrified the crowd as the Chargers worked to finish out the game. Cypress was successful in doing so, beating the visiting team, 59-53.
UP NEXT: The Chargers will begin conference play against the Riverside Tigers on December 20th. Tip off will be at 5PM.
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