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Ugly Loss For Men's Hoops In Conference Opener At Compton, 77-66
The box score reads that the Pasadena City College men's basketball team saw a rare accomplishment by having three different players reach double-doubles in points and rebounds Friday night in the team's South Coast Conference North Division opener at El Camino College-Compton Center.
But the most important statistic more exemplified the Lancers' overall play as Compton won a mistake-filled game by both teams, 77-66. PCC's overall record dropped to 5-12. The Tartars evened their mark at 8-8.
A plethora of missed layups, turnovers, and rough fouls were mostly what fans witnessed from the two teams. The pair combined for 59 turnovers (29 by PCC, 21 of those in the first half) and 95 missed field goal attempts in 148 attempts. The Lancers managed to gun 50 floor attempts in the second half, making just 16. Overall, PCC shot just 33 percent from the field, and Compton wasn't much better at 39 percent.
The Lancers' trio of Jordan Block, Elliott Berry, and Marcus Harvey did their part to try to keep PCC in the game. Block, a sophomore transfer guard, led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. Berry, a returning All-SCC First Team forward, had an up-and-down night, but by game's end finished with 16 points and led everyone with 16 rebounds. Harvey, a freshman forward, played well defensively and was the third Lancer in double-digits with 10 points, 13 rebounds, plus 3 blocks and 3 steals.
The big difference was Compton's trio of LaVon Myers, Keith Lawson, and Norman Tidwell created more of an impact than PCC's troop. Myers scored a game-high 28 points, making 12 of 19 from the free throw line, and added 6 assists. In the second half, Lawson would make six straight shots, mostly on driving layups, during one stretch as he finished with 17 points. Tidwell was a personal defensive machine as he caused havoc inside on PCC short shot attempts. Tidwell had 13 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks.
The Lancers led 9-3 and 14-11, but at that point a scorebook problem caused an 8-minute break as referees tried to make sure the score was correct. PCC never recovered from the stoppage as Compton pulled ahead 37-29 by halftime. The Lancers never got within 6 points and trailed by as much as 16 in the second half.
For PCC, guard Dannin Harris came off the bench to tally 7 assists, 4 steals and 3 points. Starting guard Terrell Jones was the only Lancer to make 50 percent of his shots (4-for-8) and totaled 9 points.
PCC next travels to face LA Trade Tech College Wednesday, January 20 in a 7:30 p.m. conference tip-off.
[Photo--Elliott Berry soars for a dunk during the Lancers' 77-66 loss at El Camino College-Compton Center Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 01/15/10