The VC men's basketball team did not have a pleasant trip to San Luis Obispo Tuesday night, dropping an 85-65 decision to host Cuesta College. Dayveon Bates had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Tone Patton and Jelani Bell added 14 and 12 points, respectively, but Ventura (16-11, 7-2) could not overcome the hot shooting by the Cougars. With the loss, the Pirates fall into a first place tie in the Western State Conference North Division standings with Cuesta and Allan Hancock College.
The Pirates got down early and could not find a way back, despite their best efforts. Throughout the first half, VC made a run at the Cougars, only to be turned back. Cuesta led 44-34 at halftime.
The second half was more of the same for Ventura as Cuesta was able to increase their advantage, posting the 85-65 final margin.
The Cougars made 52 percent of their field goal attempts (27-52) and 48 percent from beyond the 3-point line (13-27). The Pirates, conversely, were limited to 40 percent shooting (25-62) and just 21 percent from beyond the arc (3-14). VC held a 32-27 rebound advantage and the turnovers wee even at 14 each.
The Pirates will host Moorpark in their regular season finale on Friday Feb. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center.