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Men's Cagers Get Back At Nemesis LA Trade Tech, 86-75

Men's Cagers Get Back At Nemesis LA Trade Tech, 86-75 image

A season ago, Los Angeles Trade Tech ruined the Pasadena City College men's basketball team's postseason hopes. The Beavers won twice v. a 22-win Lancers team, but a poor Trade Tech pre-conference season combined with the fact that no team is allowed to leapfrog another team that finishes higher than it in conference play left PCC out of the 2009 regional playoffs.

The visiting Lancers may have used that knowledge as incentive Wednesday night as PCC turned it around on Trade Tech, 85-76, in a South Coast Conference North Division game. The Lancers upped their record to 6-12 overall and evened their SCC mark at 1-1. Trade Tech dropped to 9-7 and 0-2.

PCC opened a 30-20 lead before LATT went on a 17-0 scoring run to pull ahead. The Lancers would trail, 39-35, at halftime. The game stayed close until Pasadena ran off a 14-2 spurt that gave the Lancers a commanding 71-59 advantage with seven minutes left. Trade Tech shaved it to four points, but would not get closer.

PCC Head Coach Michael Swanegan didn't want a repeat of the late first-half rally after he had substituted a few starters. In the second half, Jordan Block, Elliott Berry, Dannin Harris and Terrell Jones played all 20 minutes to help secure the victory.

Block led the Lancers' way with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Berry added 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jones contributed 9 points and 8 assists and Harris had 9 points and 2 assists. PCC's bench was a 1-man show as forward Marcus Harvey chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double.

After playing perhaps its worst game of the season in a 77-66 loss to El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, Pasadena improved in all areas, including a better than 50-percent shooting night from the field (33 of 65 field goals, 50.8). PCC cut down its turnovers from 29 to 21. The team was a respectable 18-for-26 (69 percent) from the free throw line.

The Lancers next host East Los Angeles College on Friday, January 22 in a 7:30 p.m. conference tilt.

[Photo--Lancer Marcus Harvey finishes the slam during PCC's 86-75 win at LA Trade Tech College Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/20/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu