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Men's Cagers Hit Season Low In Points, Lose to Harbor

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A week ago, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team was perhaps the hottest team in the state. The Lancers were ranked No. 15 and sat in first place in the South Coast Conference North Division. PCC was in a stretch where it had won 11 of 12 games. 

Fast forward to Wednesday night and things could not be much worse for the Lancers. PCC was limited to just 14 points in the first half and went on to score a season low in a depressing 68-47 loss to visiting Los Angeles Harbor at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers lost their third straight game, all against opponents from the South Coast Conference South Division and all three counting toward PCC's standing in the SCC North Division. Pasadena fell to 17-8 overall and now a 5-4 mark in conference. Harbor improved to 17-6 and 6-3 (third place in the SCC South). 

For the game's first 10 minutes, the teams acted as if the baskets were protected by lids as Harbor led PCC, 7-6. While the Seahawks picked up their offense, the Lancers continued to miss shots and make turnovers as Harbor roared to a 25-8 run and a commanding 32-14 halftime lead. PCC made just six field goals in the half (6-for-27) and was outrebounded, 28-16.

Harbor's zone completely shut down the Lancers as the Seahawks poured it on in the second half. With 11 minutes left, Harbor had built a 31-point lead, 53-22. PCC then scored the next 14 consecutive points in its only sustained offense in the game.  The Lancers made just 29.8 percent overall from the field and were dominated on the rebounding boards, 54-31. 

The only Lancer to reach double figures was sophomore guard Jeffrey Dockett, who needed a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to finish with a team-high 10 points. Frosh guard Jonathan Henderson scored nine points while freshman center Faruk Oyalade had nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. 

For Harbor, Anthony Foster totaled 15 points with 10 rebounds to lead four Seahawks scoring in double figures. 

Despite the Lancers' slump, the team can actually move back into a first place tie with East Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 7 when PCC plays at the Huskies gym. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

[Photo--PCC guard Brandon Joseph in action against LA Harbor Wednesday evening at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 02/05/14
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu