Dockett, Brooks Rally Men's Cagers To SCC-Opening Win
Freshman point guard Jeffrey Dockett and sophomore guard Evan Brooks each reached their individual season highs in points Wednesday as the Pasadena City College men's basketball team rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to defeat Los Angeles Southwest College, 83-79, in the South Coast Conference opener for both teams. The contest was also PCC's first home game of the 2012-2013 season.
Playing on a newly resurfaced and repainted Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium floor, the Lancers battled back after falling behind, 63-50, with 11:19 left in the game. The Cougars led by 10, 78-68, with 3:47 remaining before PCC erupted with a 15-1 run to finish the game.
Dockett scored 29 points, making 9-for-13 from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts. The 5-foot-9 product of Bartlett High in Memphis, Tenn., made 8-for-10 from the free throw line and added six assists. Brooks, a returning player from two seasons ago, easily had his best game as a Lancer in scoring 26 points, making five 3-point bombs (eight attempts), and sinking all seven of his free throws. He added nine rebounds.
In the final scoring run, Brooks nailed back-to-back threes to cut it to 78-74. With 51.3 seconds remaining, Dockett sank a pair of free throws to give PCC its first lead since early in the first half at 80-79. Dockett, who darted frequently through the Cougars' defense with drives to the basket, scored 22 of his points in the second half.
PCC improved to 5-9 overall while LA Southwest, despite 18 points by Percy Evans, dropped to 3-11.
Other Lancers who made contributions to the victory were sophomore forward Alec Tatum with seven points and 11 rebounds, sophomore forward Marquise Tolson with six points off the bench, and letterman guard Chris Smith, who added five points, seven rebounds and three assists in reserve.
The win was all the more remarkable in that the team's top scorer Mike Swanegan, who was averaging 19 points a game coming into the contest, was held scoreless on seven missed field goal attempts. Usually playing as much as 35 minutes a game, Swanegan sat out most of the second half.
"We showed some fight and Mike's off night meant we had to have others step up and score," said PCC head coach Michael Swanegan. "Evan played like the guy we were hoping for at the start of the season. He's a veteran player and he made big shots for us down the stretch. Jeffrey is a dynamic talent and he couldn't have picked a better game to pick up the scoring. Finally getting to play at our home gym fired us up."
PCC hosts state No. 2-ranked Mt. San Antonio College Friday, Jan. 11 in a 6 p.m. tip-off at the HP gym. The Mounties are 14-1 overall and have won 13 straight games.
[Photo--Jeffrey Dockett drives to the hoop for two of his 29 points in the Lancers' 83-79 comeback win over LA Southwest Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]