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Top 10 PCC Games Of The Decade 2000-2009: Games 7-to-5

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The list of the Top 10 PCC Games of the Decade 2000-2009 continues with games 7, 6, and 5 as follows:

7. February 22, 2008—Men’s Basketball: Games Aren't Played on Paper—PCC 105, LA Trade Tech 83 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium

All that seemed to be left for the men’s basketball team in the 2007-2008 season was to see if sophomore guard Harold Cleveland could enter PCC’s 1,000-point club and finish as the state’s top scoring player.

The Lancers were playing out their final game with a 3-23 record coming in against the state’s No. 1-ranked Beavers, the SCC North Division champions at 25-3. What happened next is still something that almost never happens in community college sports. The Lancers took a 46-42 halftime lead over the overconfident visitors from LA Trade Tech. In the second half, PCC turned into sharpshooters, making an incredible 25 of 34 shots from the floor and outscoring the stunned Beavers, 59-41, for a blowout upset victory.

Cleveland became just the 11th player to reach the 1,000 point mark for his Lancers career by scoring 31 points (finished with 1,005) and his 25.6 final points per game average set a school record and led all California players.

Reserve forward Chris Pickens moved to play center after an injury to starter Greg Harvey, and Pickens promptly turned into Magic Johnson subbing for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as he made 9 of 10 shots and scored 19 points. While the season wasn’t great, the win reminds everyone that games are played on the floor, not decided based on won-loss record.

 6. November 25, 2008—Men’s Soccer: The Save—PCC 4, LA Harbor 2, Overtime, Southern California Regional Playoffs, Second Round, at East Los Angeles College

On a drizzly night, the region’s No. 3-seeded Lancers fell behind 2-1 in the second half against South Coast Conference foe and playoff No. 6 seed LA Harbor. Dario Orozco, who sat on the bench for the game’s first 54 minutes, tapped in his first goal of the season with just four minutes left in regulation play to tie it 2-2.

Harbor and its state-leading scorer Alex Chavez had been a thorn in PCC’s side in two earlier meetings. Chavez had scored in a 2-0 win by the Seahawks on the final day of the regular season, preventing PCC from winning the SCC title. With the game in injury time, Chavez appeared ready to end the Lancers’ season for good after he drew a penalty kick opportunity. The drama couldn’t have been anymore heightened as freshman goalie Jorge Sainz was asked to stop the crafty Chavez. Sainz did just that with a diving save that allowed the match to move into overtime.

During the 30-minute, non-sudden death OT, Jose Cortez rifled in a 15-yard blast and Gabriel Chavarria lofted in a 45-yard shot for his second goal of the game as PCC advanced with a stirring playoff victory. The Lancers would lose to Cerritos in the third round, but the Harbor victory resonates as one of the program’s most memorable contests.

5.  November 15, 2005--Women's Soccer: Shock The World--PCC 3, at Long Beach City College 1

It was Mission Impossible as PCC roamed the home field of the Vikings of LBCC, a program that was riding a 99-match undefeated streak that had stretched back to 2001. The Lancers had already ended one streak by the nation's top team when it played a 1-1 tie at PCC that stopped Long Beach's remarkable 89-match, South Coast Conference winning streak.

The Vikings were seeking revenge, but instead it was the Lancers that shocked them again. Goalie Brittni Zorrilla, a freshman who was the team's back-up for much of the season, made 7 saves. After a scoreless first half, Brittney Metz's free kick found forward Danielle Moorehead, whose goal made it 1-0 Lancers in the 63rd minute.

With eight minutes left, Moorehead struck again with her team-leading 17th goal. Long Beach would cut it to 2-1 on a Shaneka Gordon goal before the Lancers sealed the win in the final minute when Moorehead made a pass to Ana Valverde who fired in a short-range goal. It was fitting that PCC had ended the Vikings' two streaks. The last time a LBCC team had lost, of course, was against the Lancers in 2001, 3-2.

[Photo: Game 7 featured Harold Cleveland, who makes his 1,000th point on a free throw during the Top 10 PCC Games of the Decade, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 12/31/09
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