The Irvine Valley men's basketball team prepped for the start of Orange Empire Conference play next week with a dominant performance in a win over Los Angeles Valley at home Friday night.
The Lasers improved their record to 13-3 overall with a 76-50 victory over LA Valley.
Irvine Valley led, 36-21, at the half thanks to 11 points and three three-pointers by sophomore guard Ramon Mejia.
IVC then used a 12-2 run at the start of the second half to put the game way out of reach. And Irvine Valley took its largest lead of the game at 64-30 when sophomore forward Jose Vasquez made a lay-up with 10:21 to play.
For the game, Mejia finished with a team-high 19 points. He was 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 10 from three-point range.
Sophomore guard Kalob Hatcher added 16 points and nine assists (to just two turnovers) and freshman forward Zach Mills finished with 13 points.
Eleven Irvine Valley players scored in the contest. Sophomore guard Chris Taylor and Vasquez led IVC with seven rebounds apiece.
As a team, Irvine Valley shot 44.8 percent from the field (30 of 67), including 50.0 percent in the second half (16 of 32).
IVC held LA Valley to just 37.5 percent shooting (18 of 48) for the game.
The Lasers also had 23 assists on their 30 made baskets and won the rebounding battle, 44-28.
Irvine Valley starts Orange Empire Conference play next Friday night (Jan. 6) at Santa Ana at 5:30 p.m.