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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 2/4/2019: Softball Remains Undefeated; No. 11 Men’s Basketball Wins Third-Consecutive SCC Game

Viking Athletic Week in Review- 2/4/2019: Softball Remains Undefeated; No. 11 Men’s Basketball Wins Third-Consecutive SCC Game

Men's Basketball- No. 11 State-Ranked Men's Basketball Takes Down Warriors 83-66

The No.11 Long Beach City College men's basketball team defeated the El Camino College Warriors 83-66 in their fourth South Coast Conference game on Friday evening in the Hall of Champions. This is the Vikings' third-consecutive conference victory.

The Vikings were neck-in-neck with the Warriors the entire first half. El Camino even had their largest lead by 12 points at the three minute mark, but the Vikings persevered. Freshman guard Jace Bass hit 15 points and had seven rebounds before halftime to keep the Vikings competing.

After halftime, the Vikings dropped 47 points on the Warriors. Bass hit 15 more points, to grant himself a career-high record of 30 points in one game. He also totaled 14 rebounds to get the double-double. Freshman guard Kester Ofoegbu was flawless in the second half as he did not miss a shot and hit 11 points.

Sophomore guard Jamiu Akinbile earned his sixth double-double this season with 11 points and had ten rebounds against the Warriors.

The Vikings went on to win to take the 83-66 conference victory over El Camino and will return to the court on Wed., Feb. 6 at LA Southwest at 5 p.m. To view the remainder of the men's basketball schedule, click here.


Women's Basketball- Women's Basketball Falls to El Camino in Conference Action

The Long Beach City College women's basketball team fell to the El Camino College Warriors 62-56 in their fourth South Coast Conference game. With the loss, the Vikings drop to 9-13 overall and 2-2 in conference.

The Warriors took control of the ball early on in the game and outscored the Vikings in the first quarter 16-8.  In the second quarter, the Vikings dropped 20 points, but it wasn't enough to take the lead.

The Warriors pushed on offensively and eventually took home the 62-56 win over the Vikings.

Sophomore forward Imani Edmond reeled in the double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward De'Brianna Hampton was near perfect at the line with going four-for-five and totaled 14 points and had nine rebounds for the Vikings.

The Long Beach City College women's basketball team will play again on Wed., Feb. 6 at LA Southwest College at 7 p.m. To view the remainder of the schedule, click here.     


Softball-Softball Remains Undefeated with 4-3 Win over LA Mission

The Long Beach City College softball team continued their six-game winning-streak with a 4-3 win over LA Mission College on Friday afternoon. Freshman pitcher Joette Vega (4-0) earned the win on the mound with only allowing six hits on three runs to the Eagles, while striking out five.

The Eagles were first to score in the top of the second inning. Sophomore designated player Noelany Benitez hit a single to get on base and then freshman left fielder Maria Aguilar was next up with a double. Benetiz scored the first run for the Vikings by stealing home and then freshman center fielder Yazmin Zendejas hit an RBI single to bring in Aguilar to take the 2-1 lead for the Vikings.

The Vikings extended their lead 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth with RBI from Aguilar to score in Vega.

Then the Eagles came back in the fifth inning with a two RBI home run to tie the game 3-3.

The Vikings weren't done yet as freshman second baseman Alora Murray scored the final run to take the 4-3 win for Long Beach.

The Long Beach City College softball team will return on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in their first conference game of the season against Pasadena City College at 3 p.m. To see the remainder of the softball schedule, click here.


 Baseball- Baseball Shuts-Out LA Pierce 12-0

The Long Beach City baseball team shut-out the LA Pierce College Brahma Bulls 12-0 at the Viking Baseball Field on Friday afternoon in the second game of the Harbor Tournament. Sophomore pitcher Garrett Rennie picked up his first win on the mound with only allowing the Brahma Bulls to five hits, while striking out four.

The Vikings started their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI single from sophomore first baseman Robert Barham to score in sophomore second baseman Travis Aversa. Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, sophomore right fielder Rafeeq Rahim doubled to center field to bring in sophomore left fielder Andrew Schmitt.

The Vikings continued their lead with Barham scoring off a single from sophomore shortstop Chris Rubottom.

Then in the seventh inning, the Vikings turned up the heat by scoring nine more runs. Sophomore third baseman Mark Stanford smashed a two RBI double, then Barham scored in Stanford with another double.

The Vikings weren't finished as sophomore catcher Brett Wells was scored in from a fielder's choice. Freshman outfielder Jake Creamer then came in as a pinch hitter and immediately hit a single to right field and brought in freshman pinch hitter Carter White and Rubottom.

Pinch runner Tyler Vargas, Creamer and Aversa all finalized the seventh inning by scoring and the Vikings took the 12-0 win over LA Pierce.

The Long Beach City College baseball team will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Orange Coast College at 2 p.m. To view the remainder of the schedule, click here.