Rally Falls Short For Men's Hoops v. 8th-Ranked ELAC
Down by as much as 21 points in the second half, the host Pasadena City College men's basketball team gave its best shot in rallying back into the contest, but fell a little short in a 68-64, South Coast Conference loss against state No. 8-ranked East Los Angeles College Wednesday night.
The Lancers are 6-12 overall and now 2-3 in SCC play. The Huskies are one of the state's hottest teams at 15-4 and 4-1 in conference.
PCC fell behind 15-3 and then 44-26 by halftime. ELAC seemed to be on its way to an easy win with a comfortable 55-34 lead, but that's when the Lancers and sophomore guard Mike Swanegan caught fire. Swanegan, who amazingly has been held scoreless in the first halves of all three of PCC's home games, sank four 3-pointers, including his final trey with 50 seconds left that cut the giant lead to only two, 63-61.
ELAC used the clock and Chris Brown made four free throws in that final minute to put the game away.
Swanegan, who added four assists, finished with 14 points. Frosh guard Jeffrey Dockett led four Lancers in double digits with 16 points along with seven assists, four steals and four rebounds. Letterman center Lorelle Martin added 10 points and eight rebounds while freshman guard Gary Matthews scored 11 off the bench. Reserve forward Bryce Clifton contributed eight points and five rebounds.
For ELAC, Aaron Cheatum notched 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Jaree Crawford had a double-double on 13 points and 14 rebounds. Brown was effective too with 11 points, six assists, and five steals.
PCC will visit Cerritos College on Friday, Jan. 25 in a SCC game as the Falcons unveil their brand new, on-campus home gymnasium.
PCC CAGER NOTES: Martin tied a PCC school record held by several players in the team's Jan. 18 loss at El Camino College-Compton Center when he made all 10 of his field goal attempts. He then hit his first three shots against East LA before seeing his streak of 13 made field goals in a row stopped with a late first half miss...The Lancers limited the Huskies to just 24 points in the second half.
[Photo--Bryce Clifton goes up for the dunk during PCC's loss to East LA Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]