Phil Mathews knew it was coming. He warned his Ventura College basketball team to shape up or . . .
Fall flat on its face. And the Pirates did, losing not once, but twice last week--their first Western State Conference defeats of the season.
But Mathews is hardly gloating over the accuracy of his prediction.
"We have not been playing well and it caught up with us," Mathews said.
With 5 players averaging in double figures, scoring has not been a problem. Reggie Betton leads the way with a 15.3-point average, followed by Leo Parker (14.5) and Rick Fluckey (10.9).
Mathews said the team needs to improve its defense and rebounding if it's going to successfully defend its WSC championship. "We're just not going after the ball on the boards," he said.