News: Men's Cagers' Playoff Run Stopped By Chaffey, 79-71
As the Pasadena City College men's basketball team saw its first playoff run in 10 years stopped at Chaffey Wednesday, the Lancers can look back at the 2013-14 season as one that brought PCC back into the forefront as a viable Southern California contender.
The No. 12-seeded Lancers led briefly late in their Round 3 regional game, but were eliminated by host No. 4 Chaffey, 79-71. PCC finished at 21-10 and advanced as far as the SoCal final eight and final 16 in the state.
It was a monster finale for All-South Coast Conference transfer sophomore forward Taj Spencer, who registered game highs with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Spencer was 9-for-19 from the field and 7-for-9 at the free throw line. All-SCC point guard Jeffrey Dockett ended his two-year PCC career by scoring 10 points (all in the second half) as early foul trouble limited him to 20 minutes of play.
Sophomore forward Rashad Smith again played valuable minutes scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds. In his two seasons, the Lancers put together an outstanding 37-22 overall record (Smith played his freshman year on a 16-12 team in 2011-12). Freshman guard Adrian Miles added eight points. All 10 PCC players who played scored.
For Chaffey (27-5), Devyn Sampson was a sizzling 5-for-6 on 3-point bombs and finished with 19 points while John Gilliam made a perfect 9-for-9 at the line as part of his 16 points. In the last two minutes, Gilliam scored nine of his team's final 10 points.
The Panthers led at halftime 34-27 and built the lead to 42-32 early in the second half. PCC would climb back. Brandon Joseph knocked down a jumper that gave the Lancers a 57-56 lead with 7:57 left. With 4:15 to go, Chaffey's Breejae Flonnoy gave his team the lead for good, 63-61, on a jump shot.
"We beat an upper seed in Saddleback and we put a scare into another high seed in Chaffey," PCC head coach Michael Swanegan said. "All in all, we proved we can play with the big boys. We have to build on this season and continue bringing in some quality recruits. Spencer was a great transfer into our program and was a big reason why we got as far we did. The whole team united the last few weeks and we returned to playing at our excellent pre-conference level."
Chaffey advances to face No. 8 seed Cerritos College on Saturday, Mar. 8.
[Photo--Taj Spencer goes up for a shot attempt during the Lancers Round 3 playoff loss at Chaffey College Wednesday night, special image to PCC by Benjamin Simpson.]
Release Date: 03/06/2014