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Men's Hoops Wins 3rd Straight, Routs Moorpark, 81-57
With no players returning from last season, the expectations for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team weren't high going into the 2011-2012 season. After eight games, however, the Lancers are off to a fine 5-3 start, including a current 3-game winning streak and victories in four of the last five games. On Friday, PCC thrashed Moorpark, 81-57, on the first day of the PCC-hosted L.L. Kennedy & Associates Thanksgiving Tournament at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
It's the first time since January of 2009 that the program has recorded three straight wins. The Lancers failed to win more than two in a row in either the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.
Other first round games in the six-team, three-day, round-robin tourney were Barstow edging Long Beach City, 74-73, and San Bernardino Valley defeating Santa Monica, 66-58.
PCC led Moorpark, 41-34, by halftime, then upped that advantage to 49-37 early on the second half on back-to-back, 3-point bombs by sophomore transfer guard Givon Crump. The Baylor University bounceback scored a team-high 18 points. Crump made four 3s overall as the Lancers shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (9-for-18). Crump was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Pasadena built the lead to 20 points on a Jerrick Thomas layup with eight minutes left as the Raiders never threatened in the final 20 minutes.
Laik Carter, a 6-foot-6 freshman, started at center and posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan McGrath came off the bench to score 11 points while starting guard Marquise Tolson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Jerrick Thomas added nine points and seven assists. Eleven different Lancers scored in the contest.
Coltrane Powdrill led Moorpark (1-4) with 16 points.
The teams take Saturday off and then return to action Sunday at the following times: 12 noon--Santa Monica v. Moorpark; 2 p.m.--Long Beach v. San Bernardino Valley; 4 p.m.--Barstow v. PASADENA. The tournament concludes with three more games on Monday also at 12, 2, and 4 p.m.
[Photo--Laik Carter goes up for an off-balance shot during the Lancers' 81-57 win over Moorpark in the opening round of the L.L. Kennedy & Associates Thanksgiving Tournament held Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/25/11