June 18, 2013

By Mark Cannon, TMC Men’s Basketball Team Manager

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.- Determined to sign a versatile wing player, The Master’s College men’s basketball head coach Chuck Martin has announced the signing of Bernard Ireland from Riverside City College.

“This year I’m expecting to bring a lot of energy and love to TMC,” said Ireland. “My aspirations are too not only strengthen my relationship with the Lord but also help lead TMC to a conference championship and a national tournament invite.”

The 6-5, 175-pound wing from Rialto, California, prepped at Eisenhower High School under head coach Steve Johnson.  Ireland was a first-team All-Citrus Belt League selection as a junior and senior, and was named league MVP in his final prep season after averaging 18pp.

Ireland played two seasons at Riverside CC for head coach John Smith.  In the 2012-13 season Ireland averaged 9ppg, 4rpg, and 1.7apg.  Ireland scoredBernardIreland.jpg a season-high 17 points in a December 6 game against Palomar. The newest Mustang signee pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds, and dished out four assists in a rematch against the Comets on December 29.

Commenting on Ireland’s signing, Coach Martin said, “We are excited about the commitment of Bernard Ireland to our basketball program.  He is a big, versatile, skilled, and hardworking perimeter player who can shoot the basketball.  He also is someone who embraces the role of a defender and has the physical abilities to affect the game at the defensive end.  He is also a great fit here at The Master's College and comes from a wonderful Christian home.  I really look forward to coaching him and adding him to our new recruits and returning lettermen.”

The Master’s College men’s basketball team went 16-14 (5-9 GSAC) in 2012-13, and anticipates a strong 2013-14 season with the three recruits signed in the offseason.

The Mustangs are slated to open their season November 4 in an exhibition game against the University of Alaska-Anchorage at Bross Gym.

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