Leopards drop 3rd straight
|Posted Dec. 8, 2006|
The La Verne men’s basketball team lost its third consecutive game Wednesday with a 101-54 loss to Point Loma Nazarene.
The loss drops the team’s overall record to 1-5 on the young season as they lost to La Sierra on Nov. 29 and West Coast Baptist on Nov. 30.
“I think we’re underachieving and not executing when we need to,” sophomore guard Jake Garcia said.
After a long trip to San Diego, nothing seemed to go right for the Leopards. Point Loma jumped out to a 57-29 halftime lead and proved to be too much for the Leopards as they shot 17 of 30 from behind the three-point line.
The contest against West Coast Baptist was a close one as the Leopards would fall 81-79.
Senior guard Tyrone Marshall led the way for the Leopards with 17 points and junior forward Robert Hughes also chipped in with 15 points of his own.
Junior center George Federovtsev had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The 66-60 loss to La Sierra on Nov. 29 was definitely misleading.
The Leopards were ahead for most of the game, including a halftime lead of 33-31.
However it would be a tale of two halves, as the second half would be a totally different game.
After shooting almost 54 percent in the first half, that number would drop to 31 percent in the second half.
La Verne would lead by as many as eight points with a score of 43-35. In the second half, La Sierra would make a run of their own.
With the score tied at 56, the Golden Eagles would outscore La Verne 10-4 the rest of the way. Despite a late three-pointer by junior forward Drew Terry to pull the Leopards within three, La Sierra would hold on to get the win.
“They definitely have a lot of talent,” ULV alumnus Matt Hatch said. “I think they’ll be able to turn it around.”
The trio of Terry, Federovtsev and Marshall would again lead the way for the Leopards.
Terry led La Verne with 13 points on the night as Federovtsev had 12 points to go along with his six rebounds.
Marshall ended up one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Junior forward Ryan White led La Sierra with a game high 23 points as he also grabbed seven rebounds.
The win improved the Golden Eagle’s record to 2-3 on the season.
“This was the first time this season I thought we played well as a team,” La Sierra head coach Joel Haldeman said. “I think [La Verne] will be very good, they just have a lot of new players.”
The good news for the Leopards is that their next eight games will all be held at home, including the first three games of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season.
The conference opener for the Leopards will be Jan. 10.
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