The Irvine Valley men's basketball team won maybe its most important game of the season and also captured the President's Cup title for the college for the second year in a row.
The Lasers defeated Saddleback on the road, 72-64, in an important Orange Empire Conference contest last Friday night.
The President's Cup is a friendly wager between the two college presidents about who has the superior basketball programs. Irvine Valley and Saddleback split the four total men's and women's contests during the conference season. But based on Friday night's results where Irvine Valley's men team won by eight points and the Laser women's squad won by 13 points, IVC captured the tiebreaker and retained the President's Cup trophy for a second year.
The Gauchos had trouble stopping Irvine Valley sophomore guard Ramon Mejia, who tallied a game-high 21 points.
Sophomore point guard Kalob Hatcher added 10 points, three assists and three steals for IVC. In all, 11 players scored for the Lasers in the game. Sophomore forward Chris Taylor had eight points and four rebounds and freshman forward Christian Scott and sophomore center Austin Loeb each contributed seven points. Scott also tallied a game-high eight rebounds for IVC, which improved its record to 18-6 overall and 5-3 in conference.
In the earlier women's game on Friday, the Lasers defeated the Gauchos, 63-50.
Freshman guard Amber Wharton tossed in 25 points to lead the Lasers (15-11, 6-2).
Freshman forward Shomari McCorkle added 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals, sophomore forward Megan Blackwell added 10 points and six rebounds and sophomore forward Melanie Kashanchi had nine points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
President Roquemore expressed his congratulations to both teams for their back-to-back wins of the President's Cup title. "I want to personally applaud both of our IVC teams and celebrate their outstanding performances on returning the President's Cup to Irvine Valley."
With the win, Irvine Valley stayed in a tie with Fullerton for second place in conference.
Both Irvine Valley teams play at Orange Coast this Wednesday with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. and men's game at 7:30 p.m.