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Men's Basketball Finishes 1-2 At Imperial Valley Tournament

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The tournament portion of the Pasadena City College men's basketball team's schedule came to a close Wednesday with the Lancers knowing they have improved, but will need be more consistent in the coming 2010 second half of the season.

The Lancers (4-11) won one of three games at the Imperial Valley College Holiday Tournament, but are 3-2 in their last five games with the only losses to two state top 10-ranked teams.

In the consolation title game, PCC fell behind 48-18 by halftime against the defending state champion Riverside City College Tigers. The Lancers played far better in the second half, but went on to lose, 84-59. Sophomore forward Elliott Berry scored 21 points (8-for-10 from the free throw line) and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace Pasadena. Freshman forward Shawn Hampton added 14 points and sophomore guard Jordan Block chipped in 12 points and 5 steals. For Riverside (12-4), All-Tournament selection James Calhoun made 18 points and 9 assists.

In the semifinals, host Imperial Valley jumped ahead by as much as 12 points, 49-37, in the second half, but Pasadena mounted a comeback, using a late 7-0 run to pull out a 66-61 win over the Arabs (2-11). Terrell Jones made 3 free throws in the last 62 seconds, turning out to be the freshman point guard's only points of the game. Berry led the way with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and Block stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

In the first round at IVC against the state's No. 5-ranked Wolverines of San Bernardino Valley College, the Lancers led 41-39 at halftime, shooting a hot 59.3 percent from the floor (16 of 27 attempts). The second half was another story as SBVC scored the period's first 11 points on its way to a 90-72 victory.

Overall, PCC made 25 turnovers that led to 28 points for the Wolverines. Berry, who played 115 out of a possible 120 minutes in the tournament, scored 19 points and Block contributed 18 points (7-for-8 at the line). Freshman forward Marcus Harvey had 12 points and Hampton came off the bench to total 9 points, a team-high 6 assists and 3 steals. San Bernardino was led by Orlando Brazier with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

PCC begins the new year with a Wednesday, Jan. 6 game at Los Angeles Harbor College, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Lancers won't begin SCC North play until Friday, Jan. 15 at El Camino College-Compton Center.

[Photo--PCC's Shawn Hampton in action in an early season game, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/31/09
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