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Men's Basketball Settles For 4th At PCC Thanksgiving Classic

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The inaugural Pasadena Thanksgiving Classic featured three overtime games and an overall entertaining three days of play at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, but the host Pasadena City College men's basketball team finished out of the running for the team and individual awards.

El Camino College-Compton Center ran away with the third place final, downing the Lancers, 101-82, as PCC took fourth at the eight-team tournament. Barstow captured the tourney title, defeating Santa Monica, 70-67, in overtime, while American Sports University won the consolation title with an 80-78 triumph over Moorpark.

Against South Coast Conference rival Compton, PCC (4-4) again played well in the first half, but ultimately the team's 31 turnovers played a factor in the lopsided final score. The Tartars (6-2) scored 39 points off of the Pasadena mistakes.

Sophomore guard Shawn Hampton led four Lancers in double figures in scoring with 22 points. Letterman forward Marcus Harvey netted 15 points, frosh forward Evan Brooks scored 11 points (three 3-pointers), and first-year guard Antwain Cleary added 11 points and four assists. Off the bench, sophomore forward Josh Johnson contributed six points (6-for-6 from the free throw line) and a team-high seven rebounds.

Compton led 51-49 at halftime before PCC tied it at 55-55 early in the second half on a Hampton fast break basket. The Tartars went on a 15-4 run to go ahead, 70-59, and never let up on the Lancers.

For Compton, Vander Myers led six Tartars in double digits with 23 points. Sylvester Thomas added 10 points, seven assists and six steals, while Kevin Pritchett had 16 points and seven rebounds.

In the title game, Barstow rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to send it to OT at 57-57 and finished off the comeback by outscoring SMC, 13-10, in the 5-minute extra session. Barstow was led by Lamine Diame with 15 points and 16 rebounds. In the consolation final, Josh Rayne totaled 25 points and 14 rebounds for ASU in defeating Coltrane Powdrill (23 points) and Moorpark.

The Lancers return to action Wednesday, Dec. 8 when they play host Rio Hondo in a 5 p.m. first round game at the Rio Hondo College Roadrunner Tournament.

2010 Pasadena Thansgiving Classic
All-Tournament Team (no MVP selected)
LaVanne Pennington, Barstow
Lamine Diame, Barstow
Matt Sinclair, Santa Monica
Kevin Pritchett, ECC-Compton Center
Josh Rayne, American Sports U.
 
[Photo--PCC's Antwain Cleary goes up for a shot during the Pasadena Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 26-28, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/28/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu