Mt. San Antonio College was practically destined to get off to a slow start in men’s basketball. The Mounties, thanks to the redshirt status of three starters off last season’s team, began this campaign with only one returning player – sophomore guard Will Maple. Mt. SAC started 1-5 and was 5-8 after 13 games. Although five of those losses were of the narrow variety, still the Mounties were not winning much. Until now. Mt. SAC has rebounded to win its last four and 7 of 8 to improve to 12-9 overall and 1-0 in conference. The Mounties seek to continue the surge at East Los Angeles College (12-10, 0-1) at 7:30 in a South Coast Conference North Division game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We only returned one player from last year – Will Maple – and everybody else was new,” Mt. SAC coach Michael Swanegan said. “They were incoming high school kids and they needed to learn how to play the game. “The games we were in, we were playing them close, we just couldn’t find a way to win them.” Maple, a guard, is doing fine, averaging 11.9 points. But freshman Rishawn Norwood has been something else altogether. Norwood, a 6-foot-3 forward from Ohio, is averaging 25.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. “He is Division I caliber,” Swanegan said. “He is a friend of a kid we had last year – Tony Sykes. Tony was telling him about his experience here, and he wanted to come down. “He hadn’t played in about a year and a half. We were just fortunate to be in the right place.” Swanegan described Norwood as a good shooter who can “jump out of the gym.” “If he continues to work hard, I think the sky will be the limit for him,” Swanegan said. Other Mounties who have contributed nicely include freshmen Jawan Carter, Kendon Young and Jimmy House and sophomore Ron Dunlap, a 6-7 transfer from Fullerton College. Carter is averaging 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds, Young 5.4 rebounds, House 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds and Dunlap 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. House, a 6-5 forward, is out of Northview High School. “He is doing real good,” Swanegan said. “He got off to a slow start, but he has responded pretty well since then.” As have the rest of the Mounties. Now, they just need to keep it going, but it won’t be easy. The SCC features some of the top teams in the state. L.A. City is favored, as usual. The Cubs (21-2) are ranked No. 8 in the state. But Compton (14-3) is ranked No. 5. “L.A. City and Compton both are the teams to beat,” Swanegan said. “But ELAC is playing well and PCC is going to beat some teams. We have a chance to compete for conference.” Mt. SAC plays at Compton on Friday. tonight Whittier College’s men’s basketball team, after suffering heartbreaking road losses to Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to open the SCIAC season last week, plays host to Occidental College at 7:30 tonight. The Poets are 6-7 overall and 0-2 in conference. The Tigers, ranked No. 19 in the country in NCAA Division III, are 11-1 and 2-0. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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