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Men's Basketball Takes Consolation Title At SBVC Tournament

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team captured the consolation title at the San Bernardino Valley College Alvin Hunter Classic held Nov. 18-20. The Lancers defeated Santa Barbara City College, 74-65, in the consolation final Sunday.

PCC, a winner of three of the last four games, jumped over the .500 mark at 4-3.

All-Tournament selection and sophomore transfer guard Givon Crump scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the title win. Crump, who made 13 of 17 free throws, helped spur a 29-14 run to start the second half in erasing a SBCC 34-33 halftime lead. Frosh guard Marquise Tolson added 12 points and rookie forward Rashard Smith tacked on 11 points. Sophomore point guard Jerrick Thomas contributed seven points, seven assists and three steals.

In the consolation semifinals played Saturday, Thomas exploded for 20 points, including making three 3-pointers, to aid PCC in a 74-70 win over Victor Valley. The Lancers trailed for most of the first half, but took the lead, 35-33, at the intermission on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Thomas. PCC never trailed again, although it had a 10-point lead cut to three, 69-66, late in the contest. Thomas made three free throws and frosh guard Chris Smith hit two in the final minute to cap the victory. Thomas added six assists overall.

Other leaders in the VVC win were Crump with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Tolson with 13 points (three treys).

In the first round Friday, PCC faced the state's No. 14-ranked team in Riverside and gave the Tigers a strong battle before falling, 74-65. Frosh reserve guard Kameron Burch put on a shooting clinic, drilling six shots from downtown as part of his 25 points. Pasadena briefly tied it, 27-27, on a Lorelle Martin layup to open the second half. Riverside went on an 18-2 run to take a commanding 45-29 lead.

At that point, Burch started burying shots, trying to get the Lancers back into the contest. He ended up scoring 21 of his points in the final half, but Riverside never relinquished its advantage. Crump scored 13 points and another reserve, freshman guard Ryan McGrath also came up with productive minutes on 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Bernard Ireland led Riverside with 17 points. The Tigers made 25 of 33 free throws compared to just 12 of 18 by the Lancers. PCC finished with 12 baskets from beyond the 3-point arc, including four by Crump.

PCC HOSTS THANKSGIVING TOURNEY

PCC next hosts the L.L. Kennedy & Associates Thanksgiving Tournament Friday, Nov. 25, Sunday-Monday, Nov. 27-28 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers open the six-team, round-robin affair with a 4 p.m. game v. Moorpark on Friday. Games will be held at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each afternoon.

Coach Mike Swanegan's Lancers will take Saturday off, then play 4 p.m. games on Sunday v. Barstow and Monday against San Bernardino Valley. Long Beach and Santa Monica are other tourney participants. For more tournament information, contact the men's basketball office at 626-585-7783.

The tournament bracket is at the link below:

http://www.pasadena.edu/athletics/basketball/men/documents/mbbthanksgtrn_000.pdf

Release Date: 11/21/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu