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Barstow Keeps Men's Basketball From Turkey Title Final, 97-88

Barstow Keeps Men's Basketball From Turkey Title Final, 97-88 image

Barstow College and guard LaVanne Pennington's 36 points were too much for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team Saturday, sending the Lancers to a 97-88 defeat in the semifinals of the inaugural Pasadena Thanksgiving Classic tournament.

PCC (4-3) faces El Camino College-Compton Center Sunday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. in the tourney's third-place final. Barstow (6-1) plays for the title at 5 p.m. against Santa Monica, a 110-74 winner over Compton in the other championship semifinal. Moorpark entertains American Sports University in the consolation title (fifth place) final at 1 p.m.

Against Barstow, Pasadena jumped out of the gate to a take a 14-6 lead. Nine lead changes took place before the Vikings went an 8-1 run, keyed by two threes by Pennington, to take a 51-46 halftime advantage. The Lancers fell behind by as much as 17 points and never threatened in the second half.

Starting letterman guard Shawn Hampton scored a PCC-high 23 points, followed by freshman forward Evan Brooks with 21 points (five 3-pointers). Sophomore forward Marcus Harvey performed a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Frosh point guard James Owens came off the bench to tally seven points, six assists and four rebounds.

Besides the sharp shooting of Pennington (six 3s, 13-for-19 from the field overall), Barstow's Lamine Diame was dominating in the paint with 15 points and 16 rebounds while Jeffrey Legree added 21 points, including 8-for-8 at the free throw line.

In other Pasadena Thanksgiving Classic games, Moorpark used a free throw with 0.8 seconds remaining to tie it at the end of regulation and went on to edge Long Beach in overtime, 101-95. Coltrane Powdrill scored 33 points for the Raiders (2-2). LBCC was eliminated from the tourney.  American Sports University also needed overtime to knock out Occidental College's junior varsity, 78-74. Josh Rayne scored 22 points to pace ASU. In SMC's rout over Compton, the Corsairs were led by Matt Sinclair with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

[Photo--Marcus Harvey goes up for an inside attempt during the Lancers' 97-88 loss to Barstow Saturday in the semifinals of the Pasadena Thanskgiving Classic at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/27/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu