MONTEREY PARK (1-30) – The Banana Slugs went on the road to take on NCCAA Bethesda University of California. The game took place at East Los Angeles College. The Flames led from the opening basket and won 87-75
Both teams won their last game. UC Santa Cruz won 57-47 over UC Merced last Saturday in Santa Cruz while the Flames defeated Northern New Mexico College 83-68 in Espanola last Saturday.
In the first quarter, the Flames would jump out of the gate on a 9-0 run capped by a Francis Ordonez free throw with 7:20 left in the quarter. The Flames would expand their lead to double digits, at 12-2, on an Aunjanay Chambers three pointer with 6:43 left in the quarter. The Banana Slugs would close the Flames' lead to five points on two occasions; the second occasion was at 16-11 on a pair of Madison Van Zandt free throws with 2:17 left in the quarter. The Flames led 24-14 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Flames would continue to expand their lead. The Flames gained their largest lead of the half at seventeen on two occasions; the second occasion was at 39-22 on a Jaylyn Olguin layup with 2:10 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would come as close as eleven, at 41-30, on a Jean Dulay three pointer with forty eight seconds left. The Flames led 43-30 at the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, the Flames would hold the Banana Slugs at arms' length. The Flames would gain their largest lead of the quarter at fifteen, at 50-35, on a Chambers layup with 6:43 left in the quarter. From there, the Banana Slugs would go on a 9-2 run capped by a Tyler Stewart three pointer with 3:10 left to cut the Flames' lead to 52-46. The Flames would outscore the Banana Slugs 9-4 during the remaining time in the quarter to lead 61-50 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Flames would hold their double digit lead. The Banana Slugs would come as close as nine, at 63-54, on a Jasmin Dimson layup with 8:45 left. The Flames would gain their largest lead of the game at twenty one, at 83-62, on a Chambers layup with 3:06 left. The Flames would hold on for the 87-75 win, which snapped the Banana Slugs' three game winning streak.
Van Zandt, off the bench, had seventeen points to lead the Banana Slugs. Chambers had a game high twenty nine points for the Flames. Trina Torres had thirteen points and Dimson had nine, off the bench, in the loss. Lucille Gleason had thirteen points, off the bench, Shaylynn McMillen had twelve points, off the bench and Jonalynn Fuertes had eleven points for the Flames.
The Banana Slugs shot 40% (30-75) from the field, 33.3% (6-18) from the three-point line and was 75% (9-12) from the free throw line. The Flames shot 36.7% (29-79) from the field, 38.1% (8-21) from the three-point line and 84% (21-25) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced thirteen Flame turnovers scoring fifteen points off the turnovers while the Flames' defense forced ten turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring twelve points off the turnovers. Bethesda outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 53-47 while UC Santa Cruz had sixteen more points off the bench (46-30) than did Bethesda.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be Friday in a rematch against NAIA opponent Simpson University in Redding. Game time is set for 7 pm.