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Holiday Blahs For Men's Basketball In Pierce Loss

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After putting together a stretch in which it won six of its last eight games, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team appeared rusty in allowing a season high in points during an 88-73, non-conference loss at Los Angeles Pierce College Friday night. It was the Lancers' first game in 13 days.

LA Pierce (3-8) played high tempo and pushed for fast break baskets as it jumped out to a 43-28 halftime lead. The Lancers (8-6) fell behind by as much as 19 points, 49-30, then cut that deficit to eight, 55-47, with 13 minutes left.

A technical foul on Lorelle Martin, who had just blocked one of six Pierce shots he rejected, turned ugly for PCC as its momentum was halted. Pierce hit two free throws then made back-to-back, fast-break baskets in regaining control of the contest.

For the Lancers, frosh forward Alec Tatum posted a double-double on 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tatum (pictured) was 8-for-11 from the floor as he used his 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame to muscle inside the paint for layups. Sophomore guard Givon Crump, among the top 10 in scorers in the state, added 16 points (four 3-pointers) before fouling out late in the game.

Martin, a 6-8 freshman center, came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds and score six points along with the team's best shot-blocking effort of the season. Frosh reserve point guard Chris Smith (Monrovia High) contributed nine points and five assists. Smith also made a spectacular, 360-degree spin move to score on a layup in the first half.

The Brahmas had five players score in double digits, including 19 points by Tre Holden.

PCC will next play at Mt. San Jacinto College on Friday, Dec. 30 in a 7 p.m. non-conference game.

Release Date: 12/24/11
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