Updated: Feb 17
This piece is a personal one for me, about someone I first played as a 10-year-old in a summer league and knew he was destined for greatness, that guy is San Diego Torero’s Men’s Basketball: forward Marcellus Earlington. In their most recent game, the Toreros defeated the Loyola Marymount Lions 87-79, led by Earlington, who made his presence felt all over the game by scoring 30 points on a staggering 11-of-14 shooting from the field (71%) in a variety of ways from hitting threes, to getting to the foul line and bullying opponents to the rim, something he’s always been accustomed to doing.
Earlington also added six rebounds, an assist, and a block, to go along with his impressive scoring performance. The Toreros used an 18-point comeback in the second half with the help of Earlington’s 17 second-half points to overcome a nine-point deficit and take the lead 76-67 with 4:43 left before ultimately securing the victory.
Earlington has been on a scorching tear the last six games, playing the best basketball of his collegiate career, scoring 20+ points in each of the contests, with three of those games being 30+ point performances… talk about pure domination! During this span, he has shot a ridiculously efficient 55-of-89 from the field, which is good for 61.8%!
Unfortunately, despite Earlington’s heroic individual performances, the Toreros sit just ninth in the West Coast standings at 11-14 overall and 4-7 in the conference. With five games left on the schedule, the Toreros will look to push a winning streak to get over .500 and potentially make the NIT or NCAA Tournament.
Earlington is averaging career highs all across the board from points (17.5), rebounds (6.8), assists (1.6,) and shooting nearly 50% from the field and 38% from three-point range. With the way Earlington is playing right now, I wouldn’t put anything past them doing just that.