News: Men's Basketball Sees 6-Game Win Streak Snapped In SCC Opener
The host Pasadena City College men's basketball team scored more field goals, 26-18, and outrebounded rival East Los Angeles, 47-35, Wednesday evening during the teams' South Coast Conference North Division opener. So how did the state No. 19-ranked Lancers lose to the 17th-rated Huskies, 65-61? Free throws. ELAC routed the Lancers in the comparison from the line.
While PCC converted just 6-for-15 from the 15-foot stripe, the Huskies put on a clinic, making 26-of-32 attempts (81.3 percent). The 20-point difference was too much for the Lancers, who otherwise played toe-to-toe with East LA.
The teams traded 12 lead changes and 13 ties. ELAC (12-4) would take the final lead as Aaron Cheatum grabbed a defensive rebound and raced the length of the court for a power layup. Cheatum hit a free throw to complete a 3-point play and give the Huskies a 61-59 advantage with 34 seconds left.
The Lancers (12-5) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.
Pasadena played strong defense inside the paint, drawing six charging fouls. Other than the last-minute basket, the Lancers neutralized the talented Cheatum, an All-State selection last season. Cheatum scored just eight points.
The Lancers used a 9-0 run early in the game to help take a 24-16 lead. East LA would cut it to two by halftime, 33-31.
PCC sophomore guard Jeffrey Dockett scored 18 points with eight rebounds and four assists while sophomore forward Taj Spencer had 15 points before fouling out in the final minute of play. Frosh center Faruk Oyalade contributed eight points and a team-high nine rebounds while second-year forward Bryce Clifton came off the bench to tally six points, six rebounds and two assists.
For ELAC, Zach Hinton scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds. The Huskies' sharp shooters from the line included Marcus Romain making 8-for-9 as part of his 12 points and Te'shon Burton, who sank 7-for-8 from the line for all of his points.
The Lancers next play at Los Angeles Southwest College on Friday, Jan. 10 in a 5 p.m. SCC tip-off.
[Photo--Rashad Smith (21) and Bryce Clifton (sleeved shoulders) battle for a rebound with East LA players during PCC's loss at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 01/08/2014