VENTURA — This week's mini-road trip did not start well for the Modesto Junior College men's basketball team.
Modesto lost to host Ventura 87-72 Thursday, partly due to "careless mistakes," coach Paul Brogan said.
Trailing by just five points in the second half, the Pirates (7-5) committed a series of errors that quickly turned into a 14-point gap. By contrast, Ventura (16-2) played "mistake-free" ball.
"We make mistakes with the ball," Brogan said. "Ball handling, passing, things that we work on daily. We go through stretches where we can't do anything right. We don't recover well from mistakes."
Brogan would like to see a different result tonight when Modesto plays at Moorpark.
Brenden Evans led Modesto with 29 points. Jaylin Airington scored 31 for Ventura (16-2), the state's sixth-ranked team.