Shares The Wealth: Rare Rebound/Assist Double-Double Leads Men's Hoops
If one player on the Pasadena City College men's basketball team exemplified energetic, it would be sophomore guard Steven Shares. A transfer who has turned into a defensive talent, the 6-foot-3, Pasadena High product has had to earn his minutes, often coming off the Lancers' bench.
On "Sophomore Night," Shares started and played his best game of the season, totaling an impressive double-double of 10 assists, 10 rebounds to go with four points and three steals as the Lancers surprised El Camino College-Compton Center, 81-61, Wednesday. It was the Lancers final home game at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, and snapped the team's four-game losing streak.
PCC improved to 8-17 overall and 4-8 in South Coast Conference games. Compton had its postseason chances crushed, now at 11-13 and 5-7 in SCC play.
While Shares supplied the passing and defensive rebounding (nine of his boards), other sophomores raised their level of play. Guard Chris Smith scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as he made 9-for-13 from the floor. Guard Mike Swanegan had 14 points and forward Alec Tatum tallied 11 points and nine rebounds. Off the bench, frosh forward Bryce Clifton added 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
Sophomore center Lorelle Martin scored seven points, including two thundering dunks, while letterman forward Marquise Tolson and second-year guard Evan Brooks (plus four rebounds and three assists) also scored seven points each.
PCC immediately took Compton out of its high-scoring type of game in taking leads of 13-4 and 28-15 before cruising into halftime ahead 34-25. In the second half, a problem area all year for the Lancers, the team really stepped up its defensive pressure and used an impressive ball-touch, halfcourt offense. PCC led by as much as 24 points and never let the Tartars back into the contest.
Pasadena shot an outstanding 53.1 percent from the floor (34 of 64) and scored 24 assisted baskets. In contrast, Compton made only 28.4 percent from the field (21 of 74). Compton was led by Luis Engleton with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
"Where has this been all year, right?" said PCC head coach Michael Swanegan. "We played a complete 40 minutes and the players should be happy. The guys really played as a unit and it was easily our best game in conference. We worked for baskets, worked to get the ball to the open man, and we never let Compton take easy shots. It's too late for this season, but at least the players know that they are capable of doing better things when some go on to the next level."
PCC finishes the 2012-13 season this Friday, Feb. 22 with a SCC game at East Los Angeles College. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
[Photo--Steven Shares rifles a pass during PCC's win over ECC Compton Center Wednesday in the team's home finale, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]