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Men's Hoops Shooting For 2nd As SCC Season Winds Down

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After Friday's 74-62 loss to first-place Mt. San Antonio, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team has three games left in the South Coast Conference season. The Lancers likely need to win all three if they hope to make the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

PCC is 13-12 overall and 4-6 in SCC games. In the North Division, the Lancers are in third place, one game back of East Los Angeles (12-11, 5-5 in SCC). This week, PCC travels to face Los Angeles Trade-Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and plays at El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, Feb. 10. The two key division games have 7 p.m. tip-offs following the women's contests.

Pasadena must finish in second, ahead of East LA if it has any chance of advancing to the postseason. In their first meeting, PCC triumphed over the Huskies, 75-67. The teams have a showdown on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Pasadena in the last game of the regular season.

Against state No. 7-ranked Mt. SAC (19-5, 10-0 in SCC play) at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, PCC fell behind 16-0 before finally scoring its first points. The Lancers battled back and cut the lead to 35-33 a little more than a minute into the second half. At that point, the Mounties went on a 24-6 run to put the game away. 

Sophomore point guard Jerrick Thomas led PCC with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and three steals. One game after scoring 39 points, sophomore guard Givon Crump tallied only seven points and sat most of the second half due to ineffective play. 

Off the bench for the Lancers, freshman guard Kameron Burch scored 11 points (three 3s) and first-year guard Ryan McGrath had 10 points. Frosh starting center Lorelle Martin pulled down 15 rebounds and scored six points. For Mt. SAC, Corey D. Allen scored 19 points, including 9-for-10 from the free throw line. 

[Photo--Ryan McGrath (with ball) and Jerrick Thomas (left) go to the floor for the loose ball during PCC's loss to Mt. San Antonio Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/06/12
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