Men' Hoops Slump At 1-4
It was two games and out for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team Nov. 16-17 at the San Bernardino Valley College Hunter Classic. The Lancers were badly outrebounded in a 78-72 first-round loss to College of the Desert on Friday. PCC was eliminated Saturday by fellow South Coast Conference foe El Camino College-Compton Center, losing by a 101-95 score.
The Lancers dropped to 1-4 in the young season.
In the Desert defeat, the Roadrunners outrebouned PCC, 64-43. Second-season guard Mike Swanegan led the Lancers with 16 points (and five assists). Sophomore guard Evan Brooks added 14 points off the bench while letterman starting point guard Chris Smith totaled 13 points and six assists. Starting freshman forward Bryce Clifton chipped in 10 points. Desert's Shawnrontate Foster powered his team with 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Against ECC Compton, PCC shot the ball well, making 19 of 22 free throws (86.4 percent), shooting a reasonable 48.6 percent from the floor (34 of 70) and hitting eight 3-point baskets. What did in the Lancers was poor ball-handling as they committed 28 turnovers.
Brooks started and scored 20 points (9-for-11 from the line) and grabbed eight rebounds. Swanegan drilled five 3-pointers as part of his 19 points while reserve sophomore forward Marquise Tolson had 14 points (6-for-6 on free throws). Smith scored 12 points and Clifton 11. Second-year center Lorelle Martin came off the bench for nine points in just 10 minutes of action. Starting freshman guard Jeffrey Dockett added eight points.
PCC led 51-49 at halftime, but turnovers helped Compton to convert 31 points off of Lancers' mistakes to pull out the consolation semifinal win. Compton received a giant game from Luis Engleton with 25 ponts and 16 rebounds.
The Lancers play a non-conference game at Santa Monica College on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
[Photo--Lancer Mike Swanegan in action during a recent game.]