Arabs beat Jaguars in PCAC
Imperial Valley College men's basketball player Travis Alexander dribbles down the court against Southwestern College during a Pacific Coast Conference game at IVC on Wednesday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MAC AND PATTY McDONALD)
It was the fifth straight win for the Arabs (8-2, 2-0 PCAC), who are ranked 10th in Southern California and 20th in the state.
Southwestern (6-6, 1-2 PCAC) stayed close for 33 minutes, trailing 45-41. Imperial Valley went on a 9-2 run for a 54-43 lead with 2:55 remaining and weren’t threatened again.
Freshman guard Melvin Cook began the spurt with a basket inside. Mulamba made a free throw and Newman scored in a driving, twisting layup inside for a 50-41 lead.
The Jaguars’ Anthony Carrillo scored a 2-point basket before Mulamba made a free throw and a magnificent 10-foot fade away jump shot that became a conventional three-point play for an 11-point lead.
Mulamba didn’t have a field goal in the first half, limited to three shots by a Southwestern defense that collapsed with three defenders around him. The 6-foot-10 center from the Congo had one point on one of two from the foul line.
Imperial Valley coach Tyson Aye changed tactics offensively in the second half, running a double post that began with Ryan Ena on the other side.
Mulamba still had problems getting shots —taking three — but he was fouled often and went to the free throw line 10 times in the second half. He made six.
“We adjusted inside to our double post action and the angle made it easier to get it inside to Josue,” Aye explained. “We wanted to pour it inside and we did. We were able to impose our will and we got them in foul trouble and shot a whole lot of free throws.”
Newman, the Arabs leading scorer, has typically scored from the outside, but against the Jaguars, he drove often and effectively. The 5-foot-11 freshman made six of eight field goal attempts, two of four 3-pointers, and was five of six at the free throw line.
“Coach (Aye) wanted us to take it the basket and I was attacking the basket every chance I got,” Newman said.
Tyler Turner added 10 points, Darius Singletary scored seven, Melvin Cook had five, Ena had four points and seven rebounds and Travis Alexander scored three for the Arabs.
The Arabs play Mira Costa on Friday starting at 7 p.m. in a PCAC game at the DePaoli Sports Complex.