Allan Hancock College’s men’s basketball team played its first home game since the arrest of two of its players.
On Wednesday the men won the game 71-56 against Ventura College.
The Bulldog family turned into a force in the stands.
Since the two players’ arrest Allan Hancock College’s basketball team is left with seven players.
The team won their away game last Saturday and that’s when players heard the news of the arrest.
There were athletes from the men’s baseball team, the women’s softball team , women’s basketball team, and others from the Allan Hancock Bulldog community cheering on the mens basketball team.
Head coach Tyler Aye said “The Bulldog nation was strong tonight and we’re very appreciative of it.”
Jacob Jimenez, a student athlete, and member of the men’s baseball team, said “It was definitely noticeable there were less players out there for the men’s team.”
Aye said, the team has been down to seven players before. “They know their roles, they know what they need to do. Only five play at once,” he said.
This game follows the arrest 19-year-old Ali Muhammad and 22-year-old Lavell White, on murder charges.
Wednesday is the men’s team’s first home game since news of the arrest.
Jimenez said “I think they need it now more than ever since it’s their first game back.”
Colby Barrick ,also a basketball player, said “We’re here supporting the men’s basketball team especially after what happened this past week, I think it’s important we rally together and support each other through these tough times.”
Aye said the team needed to see the support.
“It’s one thing to tell them they have it, it’s another for them to see it and feel it.”