OCC loses to Irvine Valley in return to the court

OCC Guard Cody Aquino dribbles to the basket during Wednesday night’s game against Irvine Valley.

The Orange Coast College men’s basketball team returned to the court after having a COVID-19 outbreak but lost to Irvine Valley College 73-55 Wednesday night.

The COVID-19 outbreak caused the Pirates to postpone their last four games.

“This was just great for our guys to get out and play,” OCC Coach Steve Spencer said. “We hadn’t had a chance to because of guys with COVID obviously. We had six guys and we ended up with five because somebody was hurt.”

The Pirates entered this game looking to end their five-game losing streak, while the Lasers entered this game losing two of their last three games, but with an 8-5 record.

Both teams did not score in the first three minutes of the game. OCC freshman guard Logen Howard scored the first basket of the game on a layup. After that, Irvine Valley answered back by outscoring OCC 12-6 in the next two minutes.

For the remainder of the half, the Lasers outscored the Pirates 31-22.

Around four minutes left in the half, there was a flagrant-one foul called on OCC freshman guard Dayveein Isumu, resulting in Irvine Valley’s sophomore center Josh Walker to make one out of two free throws.

“Isumu went up and kind of reached out and ended up hitting [Walker’s] arm a little bit and went down and decided it was a flagrant foul,” said Spencer, explaining why the officials called a flagrant foul on Isumu.

At halftime, the Lasers led the game 43-30.

Both teams started the second half by scoring six points in the first five minutes.

For the remainder of the game, OCC was firing from everywhere as they scored 19 points, but the defense was not there as they gave up 24 points to Irvine Valley for the rest of the game.

The final score of the game was 73-55 Irvine Valley.

Despite the loss, Spencer looked at the positives of this game.

“It was a great opportunity for them to get out and play five-on-five and we hadn’t been able to go five-on-five in practice,” Spencer said. “They’re just hanging in there dealing with a lot of adversity. I’m just happy that they got to play and learn some stuff about the game and value each other, so it is all good.”

The Pirates look to fix their problems and end their six-game losing streak on the road against Fullerton College on Friday at 6 p.m.

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