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Defense Carries Men's Cagers To 2-1 Mark In PCC Tourney

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Playing without its top scorer Givon Crump due to a scratched eye, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team changed its approach in the PCC-hosted L.L. Kennedy & Associates Thanksgiving Tournament held Nov. 25, 27-28 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers buckled down on defense resulting in a 52-43 victory over San Bernardino Valley to close out the round-robin tourney Monday.

Crump, who is averaging 20 points a game, was hurt during the team's 81-57 win over Moorpark Friday. The team went defensive Sunday, but lost a low-scoring duel with Barstow, 54-47. Overall in three games, PCC finished 2-1, allowing an average of just 51 points throughout the tournament.

The Lancers (6-4 overall) held San Bernardino scoreless during a 9-minute stretch in the second half. The Wolverines had just 15 points by halftime as PCC took an old-school style 23-15 lead.

Marquise Tolson led PCC with 14 points plus four rebounds and four assists. Point guard Jerrick Thomas added eight points, five assists, and three steals while newly-inserted starter Ryan McGrath chipped in nine points. Lorelle Martin pulled down 10 rebounds, all on the defensive end, and scored five points. Laik Carter had seven points, seven rebounds and blocked four shots. The Lancers scored 18 points off of Wolverines' turnovers compared to just five by the opponent.

Aaron Moore scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead San Bernardino Valley (4-2). The Wolverines shot an abysmal 21 percent from the floor, going 0-for-14 from 3-point range.

In the loss to Barstow, McGrath took advantage of a rare start by pouring in 20 points, including sinking three 3-pointers. Alec Tatum came off the bench to score 11 points and snatch six rebounds. Thomas played all 40 minutes and had sixes in points, rebounds and steals. Barstow (5-3) badly outrebounded the Lancers, 49-29, including 17 by Brian Organ. PCC had a 3-game win streak snapped.

The other scores from Sunday were Santa Monica over Moorpark, 70-52 and San Bernardino Valley routing Long Beach despite not even scoring 50 points in a 49-36 triumph. On Monday, Santa Monica downed Barstow, 70-59, while Moorpark outlasted Long Beach City, 73-72.

Pasadena gets an extended break before participating in the Santa Barbara City College Tournament Dec. 8-10. Crump is expected to be back in the lineup by the time of the tourney.

[Photo--Jerrick Thomas goes up for a jumper between a maze of San Bernardino Valley defenders in the Lancers' win Monday, image by Richard Quinton.]

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