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Men's Hoops Miss Playoff Seed; Crump Leads 3 Named All-SCC

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team once again was left out of the Southern California Regional Playoffs as the Lancers learned Monday afternoon their 16-12 overall record and second place finish in the South Coast Conference North Division weren't enough to convince the coaches' seeding committee for a berth.

PCC was the only second place finisher in any conference to be denied a spot. In 2009, the Lancers had a 22-8 overall record and were rated in the state RPI in the top 13 in the entire state--and were left out of that playoff field as well. That season the reason PCC did not earn a berth was because it finished third in the SCC North, but more importantly had two losses to second-place LA Trade-Tech. Since LATT had a poor power criteria and overall record, by regional rules PCC could not leap-frog in the conference standings and was not considered for a spot on the committee board.

This season, the reasoning appears to be PCC had a low RPI power rating compared to other teams that did make the 20-team field. Only conference champions are awarded automatic playoff berths. Five playoff teams had similar or less wins than Pasadena. PCC did defeat the No. 4 seed San Bernardino Valley. However, PCC had regular season losses to LA Valley (15-11) and Riverside (14-10), two lower seeded teams.

Pasadena's streak of missing the regional playoffs is now at eight seasons, last advancing to the postseason in 2003-2004.

All-South Coast Conference Teams

The Lancers placed three players on the 13-man, All-South Coast Conference North Division First and Second teams in a vote of coaches at their conference postseason meeting Sunday held at LA Southwest College.

Heralded sophomore guard Givon Crump, who led the SCC in scoring at 20.3 points a game, gained consideration for the MVP award that ultimately went to Mt. San Antonio guard Corey Allen. While many at the meeting felt Crump was the most talented player in the division, Mt. SAC's undefeated conference title run gave Allen a boost to the SCC Player of the Year Award. Crump was then selected to the All-SCC First Team.

Crump, a bounceback from Baylor University, scored more than 30 points five times this season, including a season-high of 39. He also leads the Lancers in rebounding at 7.4 per contest. In 26 games played (he missed two due to a scratched eye), he was among the state leaders in scoring (seventh), free throw shooting (.829 with 150 makes in 181 attempts) and 3-point baskets made (69).

His 150 free throw points were third most in a season in PCC history, and the most since Todd Williams set the record with 176 in 1993-94. Crump played his prep ball at Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N.H. 

Sophomore point guard Jerrick Thomas (from Istrouma High, Baton Rouge, La.) and freshman guard Chris Smith were chosen to the All-SCC Second Team. Thomas is the squad's most consistent performer, often playing all 40 minutes during contests. Overall in 28 games, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals, which leads the SCC and his 82 total is second in the state behind Shasta's Anthony Williams.

Smith (Monrovia High) averaged 5.7 points, but was third on the team during the 13-game SCC schedule at an 8.6 points per game clip. A fast to the basket competitor, Smith also features a strong pull-up jumper as part of his arsenal.

PCC Head Coach Mike Swanegan said he was proud of his team's high conference finish and that the Lancers worked hard in what was a turnaround season for the program.

[Image--The Pasadena All-SCC contingent (from l. to r.) Givon Crump, Jerrick Thomas, Chris Smith, montage created by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/20/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu