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Swanegan Plays With Heavy Heart, Scores Team-High 19 In Men's Hoops Finale

Swanegan Plays With Heavy Heart, Scores Team-High 19 In Men's Hoops Finale image

Pasadena City College men's basketball guard Michael Swanegan honored his late grandfather Wednesday the way the Swanegan family would have wanted him--by playing at East Los Angeles College in the Lancers' 2010-2011 season finale. PCC Head Coach Mike Swanegan had to leave immediately to fly back to Arkansas Wednesday upon learning of his father's passing Tuesday night, but his son remained to help out a short-handed Lancers' squad.

The freshman guard scored his season high with 19 points, including sinking five 3-pointers, in an emotional and heroic effort during PCC's 72-62 loss at ELAC. The Lancers had just nine players available against the Huskies, but it was the 6-foot-1, Diamond Ranch High graduate who kept PCC close for much of the contest with his team-leading scoring performance.

PCC assistant coach Jesse Ellis directed the Lancers in Coach Swanegan's absence with help from the team's second assistant Major Whitlock. The younger Swanegan and his mother were scheduled to fly back east to join Coach Swanegan on Thursday.

For the Lancers, sophomores Marcus Harvey, Shawn Hampton, Josh Johnson and Derrell Wallace played their final community college contest. Harvey totaled 12 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked five shots before fouling out late in the game. Johnson added eight points and 11 rebounds. Frosh forward Evan Brooks scored 14 points (6-for-7 from the free throw line) with five rebounds and four assists.

Hampton, the team's leading scorer this season, was limited to four points.

For East LA (10-16, 5-7 in the SCC), Alex Mendiola scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and Ian Fennel added 15 points and eight boards.

Pasadena closed a trying season at 7-19 overall and 2-11 (fifth place) in the SCC North Division.

[Photo--Michael Swanegan scored his PCC season-high 19 points in the team's season finale at East Los Angeles College Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/17/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu