News: Late 3 The Difference In Men's Basketball Loss At LBCC
Kristien Owens put a dagger into the Pasadena City College men's basketball team as his 3-point bomb with 1.2 seconds left delivered host Long Beach City a 78-75, South Coast Conference victory. It was the second straight loss by the state No. 15-ranked Lancers, who dropped out of first place in the SCC North Division behind East Los Angeles.
The Lancers (17-7 overall, 5-3 in conference games) had tied the game, 75-75, on a layup by Taj Spencer with 16 seconds left. Other than an early 17-8 LBCC lead, the teams never got more than a basket ahead of eah other for the last 30 minutes of the game.
Spencer, a sophomore forward, heated it up in the second half by scoring 16 of his game-high 22 points (and eight rebounds). Letterman guard Jeffrey Dockett added 15 points and five assists while sophomore reserve forward Bryce Clifton tallied 10 points. Freshman guard Adrian Miles sank three 3-pointers for his nine points and sophomore backup forward Rashad Smith contributed seven points and four assists.
For Long Beach (15-7, 7-1 and co-leader of the SCC South Division), Brandon Staton scored 16 points, Elijah Gaines 14, and Owens 12 off the bench.
The Lancers lost despite shooting 52.7 percent from the floor.
PCC will next host Los Angeles Harbor College on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the team's Coaches vs. Cancer event. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Lancer Jeffrey Dockett gets ready to drop a pass during PCC's loss at Long Beach City College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 02/01/2014