Overtime Loss To Trade Tech Latest Men's Basketball Setback
For the second straight home game, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team watched a sure win turn into a head-shaking loss. The Lancers led visiting and South Coast Conference North Division last-place Los Angeles Trade Tech for nearly the entire 40 minutes of regulation play
Despite being ahead by five points with 1:25 left, the Lancers couldn't finish off the Beavers, who rallied to send it to overtime, 71-71, on a Bryan Sears' layup with 18 seconds remaining. LA Trade Tech turned to Jordan Watson, who scored six of his game-high 31 points in the five-minute OT period to defeat PCC, 84-77, Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Lancers held a commanding 39-26 lead by halftime, but had no answers in defending Watson and his array of put-back layups and short jumpers. He scored 21 of his points in the final 25 minutes.
PCC was paced by Mike Swanegan with 21 points, including six 3-point bombs. Center Lorelle Martin added 17 points and seven rebounds while guard Evan Brooks picked up 10 points off the bench. Chris Smith chipped in five points, six rebounds and a team-high eight assists in a reserve role. All four players are sophomores.
Freshman guard Steven Shares showed spark with seven points, four steals and three assists.
The Lancers dropped to 7-17 overall and 3-8 in conference games while LA Trade Tech is 5-20 and 2-10 in the SCC.
In six home games, PCC has played one 1-point game (a loss), three games decided by only four points each (2-1 record), and the OT loss to the Beavers.
The Lancers close out the 2012-2013 season next week when they host El Camino College-Compton Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and play at East Los Angeles College on Friday, Feb. 22. Both games have 7 p.m. tip-offs.
[Photo--Lancers forward Bryce Clifton goes up for an alley-up slam dunk during PCC's loss to LA Trade Tech Friday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]