By Mario Villegas
MONTEREY PARK – East Los Angeles College tipped off the 2014-15 men’s basketball season by winning the College of the Canyons Tournament.
The Huskies defeated host Canyons, 76-67, Saturday in the championship game and won the tournament for the first time in seven consecutive appearances. They opened the four-team tournament by beating Oxnard, 92-70.
Marquis Salmon, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and Te’shon Burton, who was selected to the all-tournament team, led ELAC.
Richard Bivens had a big night for the Huskies in the championship game, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Coach John Mosley, who in only his second season guided ELAC to its first conference championship in 42 years last season, is preparing his team to play at this weekend’s eight-team San Bernardino Valley College Tournament.
ELAC, which was ranked 15th in the Southern California preseason poll, plays No. 5 Riverside at 5 p.m. Friday in a first round game.
“There’s some really good teams in the San Bernardino Tournament and Riverside is going to be a really big test for us,” said Mosley, noting that besides Riverside, San Bernardino is ranked fourth.
The winner of the ELAC-Riverside game will face the winner of the San Bernardino-Ventura game. Top-ranked Antelope Valley plays College of the Desert and No. 3 Saddleback is matched up with Pasadena in the opposite bracket.