Lasers capture Rio Hondo tournament title, Hatcher named MVP   

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Zach MillsThe Irvine Valley men's basketball team improved its record to 10-2 overall after winning the Rio Hondo Tournament last weekend.

The Lasers have also now won five games in a row.

Irvine Valley opened the tournament last Thursday with a 58-49 victory over Barstow.

The Lasers erased a three-point halftime deficit and out-scored Barstow, 34-22, in the second half for the win.

The Lasers got a balanced scoring effort with five players scoring at least eight points.

Sophomore guard Ramon Mejia led the way with 11 points. Freshman center Kirill Sergeyev and sophomore guards Kalob Hatcher and Jordan Hamamoto each chipped in with nine points.

Irvine Valley then defeated Glendale, 72-56, on Friday behind a season-high 23 points from Sergeyev.

Mejia added 17 points in the victory.

The Lasers beat a talented Santa Monica team, 60-48, in the final on Saturday.

IVC trailed Santa Monica, 36-26, at halftime, but out-scored the Corsairs, 34-12, in the second half to come back for the win.

Freshman forward Zach Mills led the team with 14 points and nine rebounds, sophomore guard/forward Chris Taylor had 13 points and seven rebounds and Hatcher contributed nine points.

Hatcher was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Mills was also selected to the all-tournament team.

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  12/11/2011
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