By John Broadway / Staff Writer

The LBCC men’s basketball team started its season on Nov. 7 at the Desert Tip-Off Tournament in Glendale, Ariz.
They went 1-2, starting with a loss against Glendale, 109-103.

Although LBCC lost, it exhibited strong offense by putting up more than 100 points and shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range.

Sophomore Kristien Owens had an outstanding game, recording a double-double: 27 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field. In the next game, they faced Desert on Nov. 8, winning, 88-77. The players didn’t have much time to celebrate the win because the next day they were blown out by San Bernardino, 97-66, to wrap up the tournament.

The offensive efficiency that the Vikings had in the first game was not there against San Bernardino. LBCC had a bad shooting percentage all the way around : a field goal percentage of 33.3, 3-point percentage of 20 and their free-throw percentage was 69.7.

“I don’t know what happened to us during that game,” sophomore guard Brandon Moore said. “With the first two games we were very efficient on offense but things just weren’t clicking for us against San Bernardino. “It just wasn’t our night, our shots weren’t going in. On nights like those we have to make sure we turn our defensive intensity up and get as much ball movement as possible on offense so that we can find a hot hand.”