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Canyons Slams L.A. Valley 103-74 for First Conference Win

By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director

College of the Canyons topped 100 points for the second time this season and earned its first conference victory in the process with a decisive 103-74 home win over L.A. Valley College at Lee Smelser Court on Saturday. 

Canyons (8-14, 1-7) now begins the second round of Western State Conference (WSC), South Division play on a victorious note with six games remaining on the docket. 

The Cougars shot better than 59 percent from the field and were just under 48 percent from three-point territory to help give the COC side a boost. LAVC (6-13, 2-6) struggled to the tune of a 42.3 shooting percentage for the game. 

COC saw four players finish in double figures with Joshua Barnett leading all players with 26. Jonah El-Farra ended his night with 21 points while Isaiah Baptista and Mason Savery both came off the bench to finish with 14 points.

Canyons built a 50-31 advantage heading into halftime and added to that margin with a determined second-half effort. Barnett and El-Farrah both poured in 14 points during the second frame while the Cougars bench added 17 more.

Jacob Gonzalez had five assists, six points and a pair of blocks in the game. Jeremiah Walker was next with four dishes and four rebounds. Andrew Ezenwa started the game and finished with eight points and five boards.

Barnett led the team with nine rebounds, followed by eight from El-Farra and seven from Savery. As a team, Canyons outrebounded the Monarchs 45-31 for the game.

LAVC had three starters reach double digits with a team-high 22 coming from Kory Blunt.

COC is back in action Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Bakersfield College for a 5 p.m. tip-off. Canyons then returns to the Cougar Cage to host Citrus College at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

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—Photo by Carla Sophia Velasco/COC Sports Information