Fullerton Men’s Basketball had a difficult game at home against Riverside Community College, losing 66-55 on Feb. 15.

Guard/forward Javon Jones went for a layup in the first half of the Feb. 15 home defeat against the Riverside Tigers.

Guard/forward Javon Jones went for a layup in the first half of the Feb. 15 home defeat against the Riverside Tigers. Photo credit: Cyrus Burton

The first half of the game was tight. The biggest lead of the first half was only six points by the Tigers.

In the first half’s final seconds, Hornets guard Kobe Newton made a 3-pointer from close to the half-court line before falling to the ground in pain. It is unclear exactly what happened, but Newton hit the ground, grabbing his foot after making the shot. Newton would not return for the second half.

Kobe Newton makes a near half-court 3-pointer in the last seconds of the Feb. 15 home game against Riverside College.

Guard Kobe Newton made a near half-court 3-pointer in the last seconds of the Feb. 15 home game against Riverside College. Photo credit: Cyrus Burton

“We don’t know what happened,” head coach Perry Webster said, “we think that a kid from the other team went underneath him on the shot, and he landed on his foot and rolled his ankle.”

Riverside would end the first half with a two-point lead 38-36, but the second half was an even more intense battle. There wasn’t much scoring in the second half, with both teams playing their best defense.

Ronnie Stapp shoots a 2-pointer during the Feb. 15 defeat against the Riverside Tigers.

Forward Ronnie Stapp shoots a jump shot during the Feb. 15 defeat against the Riverside Tigers. Photo credit: Cyrus Burton

Tristan Williams and Ronnie Stapp were the high scorers for the Hornets, with 17 and 10 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Tiger’s onslaught.

As lightning flashed and hail fell outside the gym, the Hornets would take their first conference loss with a final score of 66-55.

Ryan Blackmon, number 3, tried to push past the Riverside Tigers before getting pushed into the wall of the gym at home on Feb. 15.

Guard Ryan Blackmon tries to push past the Riverside Tigers before getting pushed into the wall of the gym at home on Feb. 15. Photo credit: Cyrus Burton

After Newton’s injury in the first half, the Hornets have now lost three players to injury.

“Three really good guards are out. It definitely hurts not having those guys, but we can’t be in the business of making excuses,” Webster said after the game. “We got to be better.”

Forward Gaven Ramirez jumped to score a 2-pointer during the home game against Riverside College on Feb. 15.

Forward Gaven Ramirez jumped to score a 2-pointer during the home game against Riverside College on Feb. 15. Photo credit: Cyrus Burton

Fullerton ( 20-2 overall, 10-1 OEC) looks to get back to their winning ways with their next game at Saddleback College on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.

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