NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Even though it led for most of the game and by as many as 11 points in the second half, the Glendale Community College men's basketball team's uneven play kept allowing visiting Los Angeles Valley to believe it could get back in the game at any time.
That belief translated into a late Monarchs run that nearly cost the Vaqueros the game.
"We gave them hope and you can't give guys hope," Glendale Coach Brian Beauchemin said after his team held on to eke out a 74-71 Western State Conference Southern Division-opening win at the free-throw line.
In the first half, it was 34% shooting from the field, including a dreary 0 for 12 from three-point range, that kept the Vaqueros from pulling away despite taking 12 more shots than Valley and claiming a 27-15 advantage on the boards. Then, in the second half, which it began with a 35-30 lead, Glendale picked its shooting up to 52%, but was outrebounded and allowed the Monarchs to pull back even at 67 at the 3:00 mark after trailing, 54-43, seven and a half minutes earlier.