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Trade Tech Sends Men's Cagers To 6th Straight Loss

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team is off to an 0-2 start to South Coast Conference North Division play, but not for a lack of effort. The Lancers have improved their overall performance in their two conference contests from erratic play in their most recent tournament games. At Los Angeles Trade Tech Friday, PCC ended up on the short end of a 70-67 defeat. It was the team's sixth straight loss.

After starting the season at 4-2, the team is now 5-10 overall. LA Trade Tech upped its record to 11-5 and 2-0 in conference.

In a game that featured 15 lead changes, PCC went ahead 65-64 with 1:24 left on a layup by Josh Johnson. Trade Tech answered with a 3-pointer by Steve Archibald, giving the Beavers the lead for good at 67-65 with 69 seconds remaining. Shawn Hampton's missed 3-pointer in the final moments prevented the game from going to overtime.

Freshman forward Josh Johnson had his second consecutive outstanding game, leading the Lancers with 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Johnson was 6-for-6 from the free throw line. First-year forward Evan Brooks contributed 15 points (three 3-pointers, pictured in release) and seven rebounds, and Hampton had 15 points and five assists. Freshman center Yusuf Hassan posted eight points and 11 rebounds and four steals. Starting point guard James Owens added five points, seven assists and four rebounds.

While the starters played the majority of the minutes, the only Lancer to score off the bench was guard Michael Swanegan with seven points.

For Trade Tech, Martin Whitmore and Tyrone Lyons each had double-doubles. Whitmore scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Lyons had 12 points and 11 boards.

PCC hopes to break its losing string Wednesday, Jan. 12 when the Lancers visit El Camino College-Compton Center for a 7 p.m. conference game.

Release Date: 01/08/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu