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Men's Basketball Coach Swanegan Collects Milestone College Win No. 200
Pasadena City College men's basketball head coach Michael Swanegan notched career collegiate win No. 200 in his coaching career Wednesday night. To reach the milestone, Swanegan needed some unlikely resources in the Lancers' 80-68 victory over host Los Angeles Trade Tech.
Swanegan is in his 15th year in the community college ranks, but seventh at PCC. He is at 83 wins directing the Lancers after 117 earned in eight seasons at Mt. San Antonio College.
Against Trade Tech, sophomore forward Rashad Smith, a role player for most of his two seasons at PCC, scored a career-high 17 points. Adrian Miles, a 6-foot-2, freshman guard known more as a 3-point shooting specialist, turned into a demon on the boards by pulling down a team-high 14 rebounds to go with 16 points.
Miles work around the backboard helped the Lancers dominate the rebounding edge over Trade Tech, 51-32. The starter also sank four 3-point bombs and added three assists and three steals.
Smith made 5-for-10 from the field and was 7-for-12 at the free throw line. The 6-4 lefty-shooting letterman chipped in four assists and three steals plus four rebounds. Smith had 10 points by halftime when PCC led 39-33.
Even more bizarre was the performance of conference-leading scorer Taj Spencer. The sophomore forward did not score during the game's first 30 minutes, including sitting on the bench for a good portion of the first half. With 9:35 left, PCC only led 55-52, but that's when Spencer awoke to the dismay of the Beavers.
The 6-foot-7 talent scored 12 of the Lancers' final 25 points, including a monster dunk before time expired. He added eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
The Lancers had five players reach double figures in scoring including sophomore point guard Jeffrey Dockett with 13 points (plus seven assists and six rebounds) and freshman center Faruk Oyalade, who tallied 12 points and eight rebounds.
PCC improved to 19-9 overall and remained in a tie for second place in the SCC North Division at 7-5. The Lancers close the regular season Friday, Feb. 21 when they travel to take on El Camino College-Compton Center in a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Lancers still have a shot at tying for the conference title with East Los Angeles (8-4). East LA plays Mt. San Antonio (7-5) in their SCC finale Friday.
Here are the scenarios for PCC: the Lancers finish in a two-way tie for the title if they beat Compton and ELAC loses to Mt. SAC. They finish in a three-way tie for the title if they beat Compton and Mt. SAC beats ELAC. PCC places second outright if it defeats Compton and Mt. SAC loses to ELAC. If PCC loses to Compton, it will either tie for second if the Huskies triumph or finish in third with a Mounties win.
Trade Tech closed its season at 11-17 and 3-10 in the SCC despite 23 points by Everett Osborne.
[Photo--Lancer Adrian Miles goes up for a shot attempt at LA Trade Tech College Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 02/20/14