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Men's Cagers 11-1 Run Best This Decade
Occupants of first place in the South Coast Conference North Division, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team remained one of the hottest teams in the state Friday. The Lancers posted a 78-56 win at El Camino College (Torrance), stretching a current win streak to five and a period in which they have won 11 of their last 12 games.
The 12-game period is the best winning run by a Lancers team in the 2000s and has brought back memories of such great PCC squads as the 1978-79 state runner-ups and the two California champion and one state runner-up teams of the late 1960s.
PCC head coach Michael Swanegan has directed the Lancers to a 17-5 record and 5-1 mark in the SCC. Ranked a modest No. 12 in Southern California, Pasadena hopes to rejoin the state top 20 poll next week. The Lancers also are trying to win their first conference title since the 1999-2000 season.
At El Camino, point guard Jeffrey Dockett scored 18 points and made five steals. Forward Taj Spencer added 13 points and freshman guard Jevon Shields (South Pasadena High) had 11. Reserve guard Kalen Verhoeven (Burroughs High, Burbank) led PCC in rebounds with six to go with his three points.
PCC led 42-30 at halftime and completely controlled the contest against the Warriors, now 2-15 and still winless in the SCC at 0-6.
The Lancers host a pivotal matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 29 when they play SCC South Division co-leader Cerritos College. Tip-off is 5 p.m. All games between divisional and cross-divisonal South Coast schools count toward the conference standings. PCC then faces the other SCC South leader, Long Beach City College, on the road Friday, Jan. 31.
[Photo--Lancer Jevon Shields in action in a recent game.]
Release Date: 01/25/14