M. Basketball: Falcons add three more names to signing list

Jalen Shores is one of three more Falcons to sign
Jalen Shores is one of three more Falcons to sign

Coming off a 19-10 season where the Cerritos College men's basketball team finished in second place in the South Coast Conference South Division, the team has announced that three more players have signed with four-year universities. Leading the list is guard Jalen Shores, who signed with Hope International University, while the duo of guards Dennis (Malik) Johnson and Christian Bennett will be playing at Greenville (IL) University next season. They are joined by Gorden Boykins (Lewis & Clark State University) and Jonathan Salazar (Virginia Union University), who already signed.

Shores, an All-SCC selection, led the team in scoring during the season at 14.3 points a game, while he finished second on the team with 43 three-pointers made and shot an impressive 80.3% from the free throw line. He scored in double-digits 23 times on the season, including a streak of 17 in a row that was snapped in the final regular season game. Shores scored a season-high 25 points in the team's double-overtime playoff loss to Copper Mountain College.

He will be playing next season for a Lions team that went 20-11 on the year and dropped their opening game of the NAIA Tournament to Xavier University of Louisiana after suffering a heartbreaking 71-69 loss to Ottawa University of Arizona in the GSAC Championship game.

Johnson and Bennett had similar stats for the Falcons in their sophomore seasons, as Johnson averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds a game, while Bennett concluded the season accounting for 5.2 points a game. Johnson started in eight of the 28 games in which he appeared and scored in double figures three times, which included a season-high 12 points against College of the Sequoias. He turned in a season-high seven rebounds against Rio Hondo College, while pulling down at least five boards in four other games. Johnson also dished out four assists against MiraCosta College. Bennett had a season-high 15 points in three separate games, which included five three-pointers against Long Beach City College. He finished third on the team with 30 three-pointers.

The two will be joining a Panthers team that went 7-19 last year and lost three guards to graduation.