Mustangs soar past T-Birds

Los Medanos College blew out Merritt College on Wednesday afternoon by a score of 88-54.  

LMC took control of the game early on, scoring 20 unanswered points in the first half.

By half-time they had a 31 point lead, with Quincy Smith leading the way putting 16 of his 19 points on the night in the first half. Raazhel Watkins followed up with 12 points

The Mustangs had a comfortable 51-20 lead at half-time.         “I felt like I was able to attack the basket a lot more, it was falling really good for me” said Smith “A couple shots went in that I didn’t think were going in went in. It felt like the bucket was an ocean.” The Stangs picked up right where they left off in the second half, keeping the T-birds at bay. One of the highlights of the second half was produced by Merritt’s Isiah Davis’ dunk which sent the crowd into an uproar.

“That (Dunk) was something special” said a spectator at the game. LMC still took control of the game throughout the second half, keeping at least a 20 point gap throughout the half. Smith and Watkins were always ready to pounce on the counter attack, always being open for a pass from teammates. Despite keeping their lead the Mustangs only scored 37 points in the second half, compared to the 51 that they put up in the first.  “We went over the game plan, exactly what we wanted to do and the players did a great job of executing it.” said head coach Derek Domenichelli. Domenichelli praised his players for keeping their focus throughout the whole 40 minutes. “You can’t play for 30 and then not play for 10 and win in this league” continued Domenichelli. Speaking on his personal goals for the season Smith wants to take his athletic career beyond LMC.“I want to make it in the next level playing basketball. I’d be happy to play anywhere in the next level.” Said Smith.Los Medanos travels to fourth place Mendocino, who are one place under LMC in the Bay Valley Conference, on Feb. 9.