Men's basketball team handles Cypress on the road   

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The Irvine Valley men's basketball team held a second Orange Empire Conference opponent under 45 points.

The Lasers did just enough on offense and beat Cypress at Cypress, 54-44, Friday night .

Irvine Valley shot just 33.9 percent (20 of 59) from the field, but held Cypress to 32.6 percent (15 of 46) and the Lasers also out-rebounded Cypress, 43-35, including 17-11 on the offensive glass.

IVC was also helped by Cypress going just 11 of 21 from the free throw line. Just one player from each team scored in double figures.

Despite shooting just 2 of 10 from the field and 1 of 9 from three-point line, sophomore guard Ramon Mejia led IVC with 10 points.

Freshman forward Kirill Sergeyev and sophomore guard Kalob Hatcher each added eight points. Sergeyev also had a team-high six rebounds.

Irvine Valley, which improved its record to 16-5 overall and 3-2 in conference, led most of the game.

But Cypress tied it up at 42-42 on a jumper by Kourtney Maxim with 5:22 to play. Irvine Valley did answer right back with a 8-1 run to put the win away. Mejia hit a free throw and then Mejia scored on a lay-up to make it a 45-42 game with 2:31 left.

The big shot for the Lasers came with 51 seconds to go when Hatcher drilled a three-pointer. It gave the Lasers a 50-43 advantage.

In all, IVC out-scored Cypress, 12-2 over the final 5:22 of the contest.

Irvine Valley plays again on Wednesday, hosting Fullerton, which also has a 3-2 record in conference, at 5:30 p.m. 

Box score

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  1/21/2012
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