The Monarchs end strong at home

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Valley College show resiliency in a comeback victory at home, to defeat Santa Monica College 81-73.

By Jorge Belon, Managing Editor 

Valley College freshman forward super-sub Jordan Brown guided his team to a comeback victory 81-73 by scoring 26 points on Wednesday night against the Santa Monica College (SMC) Corsairs.

On Sophomore Night Brown sealed his first-place finish in points per game in the Western State Conference by averaging 21.6 a night.

In the first half Santa Monica was in charge as they took a 43-38 lead into the halftime break. A big part for the Corsairs lead was Valley 14 turnovers, compared to SMC’s eight.

In the second half Brown carried the team with his offensive outburst along with grabbing six rebounds, dishing out three assists and pocketing two steals in the process.

FOUL PLAY- Monarch freshman Kenny Brooks takes a hard foul from Santa Monica College  freshman defender Brandon Baker Feb. 18 at home in a 81-73 victory.David Dinwiddie/Photographer

FOUL PLAY- Monarch freshman Kenny Brooks takes a hard foul from Santa Monica College freshman defender Brandon Baker Feb. 18 at home in a 81-73 victory.

However, the lone sophomore on the Monarchs, Travis Harlin, ended his green and gold career with a solid double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds.) Brown and Harlin were the driving force to their victory as they combined for 46 of Valley 81 points in the game.

The victory improved their record to 9-17.

In their final game of the season against Glendale Community College at Verdugo Gym, the Monarchs were awarded a win because of a Glendale forfeit. The green and gold fell short of ending the current three year absences from the playoffs by finishing the season 10-17 and seventh in the Western State Conference South Division.

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