News: Tatum Rebounds Men's Basketball In Win Over LBCC
The Pasadena City College men's basketball coaching staff knew what forward Alec Tatum was capable of going into his sophomore season. The 6-foot-6 Tatum isn't overwhelming in his size, but his rebounding skills were certainly his biggest asset. On Wednesday, Tatum put on a clinic as he became the first Lancer in 10 years to pull down 20 rebounds in a game in PCC's 74-70, South Coast Conference victory over Long Beach City College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Tatum scored a team-high 16 points, but his rebounding, which included 12 defensive boards and 14 overall rebounds in the second half, allowed the Lancers to take control over the Vikings. Although his 7.7 rebounds average this season is modest for a team leader, his 154 total rebounds dwarf the rest of the team, doubling the amount of boards grabbed by the next highest Lancer.
PCC improved to 7-13 overall and 3-4 in SCC play while Long Beach dropped to 7-14 and 2-5 in conference.
The Lancers led 7-0 to start the game, but LBCC eventually would tie it 37-37 by halftime. In the second half, PCC held a lead for much of the 20 minutes. However, it wasn't until frosh guard Steven Shares hit a short jumper in the lane with 4:43 left that gave Pasadena the lead for good at 61-59.
Contributions went around to several players in the win, including 14 points by sophomore guard Mike Swanegan and 13 by freshman point guard Jeffrey Dockett. Shares added eight points and eight rebounds as he has taken advantage of some recent starts due to an injury to sophomore Chris Smith. Letterman center Lorelle Martin lent some spark with his nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocked shots. Finally, freshman guard Bryce Clifton electrified the crowd with a fast-break dunk as part of his eight points (plus five rebounds).
For Long Beach, Tyler Tuilau and Ashton Edwards each scored 19 points.
The last 20 rebound game by a Lancer was performed by Mark Dawson in 2003. Dawson was one of the state's leaders in rebounds that year at 12.2 per contest and then went on to play at Cal State Long Beach.
PCC will visit Los Angeles Harbor College on Friday, Feb. 1 for a 6 p.m. conference tip-off. The Lancers have yet to win two games in a row this season.
[Photo--Alec Tatum goes up to block a shot, but it was his 20 rebounds that helped PCC defeat Long Beach Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 01/30/2013