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Men's Hoops Rely On H-Squad In Season-Opening Win Over LA Pierce, 71-61
Pasadena City College men's basketball head coach Mike Swanegan knew his returning lettermen class was short and sweet in shooting guard Shawn Hampton and power forward Marcus Harvey. The duo already is exemplifying leadership skills as the H-Squad led a PCC comeback in the Lancers' 71-61, season-opening victory Monday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Hampton, an All-South Coast Conference Second Team selection as a freshman, came off the bench to score 27 points, grab 10 rebounds, make four steals, and block two shots. Harvey, a starter, also reached a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while adding two blocks.
PCC trailed, 16-8, early on and went into halftime behind, 38-35. With under 10 minutes left and tied 54-54, the Lancers went on a 12-0 run that lasted more than six minutes and put the game away. Hampton started things with a steal and layup followed by a put-back basket and inside bank by Harvey. Hampton drove the length of the floor for the next score and bolted through the top of the key to lay in the next basket.
Guard Michael Swanegan, the coach's son in his collegiate debut, capped the run with a baseline drive and scoop shot that made it 66-54 with 3:30 remaining. Swanegan (Diamond Ranch High) scored six points and added two steals off the bench.
Pasadena's defense was a huge plus as it created 17 steals to just four by the Brahmas. Eight different Lancers forced steals.
Swanegan's starting lineup for the opener consisted of transfer point guard Brian Stewart (Eastern Arizona University), transfer shooting guard Derrell Wallace (East Los Angeles College), forward Harvey, frosh forward Evan Brooks (Colony High, Ontario), and first-year, 6-foot-7, 290-pound center Jarrett Clofer (West Jefferson High, New Orleans, Louisiana).
Clofer had the best start of the newcomers, scoring seven points (5-for-6 at the free throw line), pulling down seven rebounds, and leading PCC with three assists. Wallace had four points and six boards.
PCC's bench, which outscored the starters, 41-30, also was aided by frosh forward Tyler James, who had six points, three rebounds and three steals.
Freshmen point guards Antwain Cleary (Denby High, Detroit, Michigan) and James Owens (Muir High) were two of 10 players utilized from the 15-player roster against LA Pierce.
Players who have yet to make their PCC debuts are sophomore forward Josh Johnson (originally from Crenshaw High), second-year forward Antoine Bryan (from Brooklyn, New York), frosh guard Ernest Fife (Paramount High), frosh forward Joseph King (Greenway HS, Phoenix, Arizona), and first-year center Yusuf Hassan (from Central High, Macon, Georgia), who also plays on the PCC football team.
Coach Swanegan is back for his fourth season in charge of the Lancers. He added a new assistant coach in Major Whitlock to go with his long-time assistant here Jesse Ellis.
PCC plays later this week at the Ventura College Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 11-13. The Lancers face Antelope Valley College Thursday at 1 p.m. to open the tourney.
[Photo--Shawn Hampton gets ready to make a drive to the basket during the Lancers' 71-61 win over LA Pierce Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/08/10