In the first home game in two weeks, the men’s basketball team fell to Life Pacific College 74-68.
“I think our defensive intensity did it,” said sophomore guard Cam Haslam. “We have to start getting after it more on the defensive end and take pride in that.”
The Panthers (2-4, 0-1) found themselves behind for most of the game, the game only really having a tight score line in the early minutes of the game. By the end of the first half, the Panthers were behind 41-31. The Panthers started to come back in the second half but the Warriors were able to prevent them from ever tying up the game.
“Honestly, when we lose, even if I score a ton of points, it doesn’t feel great,” said Haslam, who scored 18 points during the game. “I’m just trying to focus on what our team needs right now.”
The Panthers are working on finding its team rhythm before its next conference game Jan. 5. The team lost its first conference game Nov. 30 against Pomona-Pitzer.
“My personal focus is just to be a leader and do what our team needs from me right now,” Haslam said. “Also, just to continue to get back in the rhythm of the game after being out injured for a bit.”
The next opponents the Panthers face will be the La Sierra University Golden Eagles on Friday. The Panthers beat the Golden Eagles 88-63 in their first game of the season.
“On Friday, we really expect to come out with more energy and continue to build off what we need to work on as a team,” said Haslam.