Wolverines learn the hard way

So much for being undefeated and being ranked No. 1 in the state.

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team lost to No. 10 Mt. SAC 88-83 at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic tonight at Riverside Community College.

Coach Quincy Brewer said he saw it coming. Apparently his Wolverines practiced all week like they were a little full of themselves and believing a little too much in their press clippings. That happens, especially at the junior college level.

Mt SAC shot 57.1 percent from the field, scoring 54 points in the paint. It beat SBVC up and down the court all night, turning many of its 27 turnovers into easy points at the other end.

SBVC shot a still solid 55.2 percent but the 27 turnovers to 16 assists tells the story. It was also outrebounded 88-83.

SBVC had the game in reach with six minutes to play but its shot selection left a lot to be desired. Jacking up ill-advised 3-point tries early in the shot clock is a sign of panic.

The Wolverines didn’t know what it was like to be in a close game because they had pretty much cruised through their previous seven. This was a good loss because it is one the players can learn from before they get into conference play.

SBVC clealry has the talent to go all the way. It just needs to be a bit more disciplined and a bit more focused.

Nate Roth led SBVC with 20 points, seven assists and five steals. Tre Brewer added 16 and Maurice McGee 13.

Mt. SAC got 25 from Antonio Biglow and 14 from Demarkus Isomjones. Three others had 11 including Laquenten Jones who also had 12 assists,