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.
After last qualifying for the postseason a decade ago, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team figured it might as well make the most of a rare trip to the playoffs. The 12th-seeded Lancers won a defensive struggle, upsetting No. 5 Saddleback, 53-49, Saturday night in Mission Viejo. PCC advanced to Round 3 of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
It's been a full decade since the last appearance by the Pasadena City College men's basketball team in the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The 20-9 Lancers earned the No. 11 seed in the 2014 seedings, but were moved to No. 12 to avoid a South Coast Conference matchup with No. 6 East Los Angeles.
The SoCal No. 15-rated Pasadena City College men's basketball team made a strong statement to make the 2014 regional playoff field by closing the South Coast Conference and regular season with 20 wins. The Lancers officially placed second in the SCC North Division (8-5) with Friday's hard-fought 80-74 victory at El Camino College-Compton Center.
Pasadena City College men's basketball head coach Michael Swanegan notched career collegiate win No. 200 in his coaching career Wednesday night. To reach the milestone, Swanegan needed some unlikely resources in the Lancers' 80-68 victory over host Los Angeles Trade Tech.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team will hit the road next week for its final two South Coast Conference games of the 2013-14 season. Even if the Lancers make the postseason, chances are likely they will not be playing at home. And maybe it's a blessing for this PCC team, a squad that lost for the third straight time at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday against visiting Mt. San Antonio, 74-51.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team turned the South Coast Conference North Division race back into its favor in a stunning, come-from-behind 73-72 victory over host East Los Angeles College Friday night. The Lancers snapped a 3-game losing streak and now are tied with the Huskies for first place in the division with 6-4 SCC records.
A week ago, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team was perhaps the hottest team in the state. The Lancers were ranked No. 15 and sat in first place in the South Coast Conference North Division. PCC was in a stretch where it had won 11 of 12 games.
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.
Newly ranked No. 15 in this week's state poll, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team hoped to keep its hot streak alive against No. 20 Cerritos College Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. But home advantage turned into home nausea as the Lancers couldn't get on track offensively while the referees whistled them for a surprising four technical fouls in a 72-61 loss to the Falcons.
Occupants of first place in the South Coast Conference North Division, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team remained one of the hottest teams in the state Friday. The Lancers posted a 78-56 win at El Camino College (Torrance), stretching a current win streak to five and a period in which they have won 11 of their last 12 games.
Rallying from 20 points down in the first half, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team earned an 84-77 triumph over visiting El Camino College Compton Center on Wednesday. In the process, the Lancers have taken over sole possession of first place in the South Coast Conference North Division.
It could have been a game that bruised the team's confidence. Instead, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team overcame squandering a 19-point lead in regulation and then battled back from four points down in the extra period to edge Los Angeles Trade Tech, 88-87, in overtime.
With several Pasadena City College players in foul trouble, including South Coast Conference North Division top scorer Taj Spencer, the Lancers turned to a pair of freshmen Wednesday. Lancers' guard Adrian Miles supplied the long-range baskets and center Faruk Oyalade took care of business at the free throw line as visiting PCC defeated rival Mt. San Antonio, 70-63.
For the first 10 minutes Friday night, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team traded the lead 12 times against host Los Angeles Southwest. The Lancers were sweating things out and then sophomore forward Taj Spencer went on a remarkable spree.
With his 18 points scored Wednesday in his team's South Coast Conference opener v. East Los Angeles, Pasadena City College men's basketball point guard Jeffrey Dockett became the 68th player to reach the Lancers' 500-point club for his career.
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.
Nine years ago to the day that a Pasadena City College men's basketball team last won a regular season tournament, the Lancers were crowned champions of the Imperial Valley Holiday Classic Sunday. PCC scored an 83-60 finals win over Glendale College (Arizona). The red-hot Lancers improved to 12-4 overall, extending their winning streak to six games.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team advanced to the finals of the Imperial Valley College Holiday Classic, defeating the host Arabs, 74-52, Saturday night. The Lancers won their fifth straight game, improved to 11-4, and now face Glendale College of Arizona in the championship final Sunday at 3 p.m.
For the second time this season, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team has put together a 4-game winning streak. The Lancers opened the Imperial Valley College Holiday Classic with a 73-67 triumph over San Diego Miramar Friday.
Dropped from the state top 20 poll earlier in the week, the host Pasadena City College men's basketball team made a clear statement to return to the rankings with a sharp-shooting, 80-61 non-conference victory over No. 16 Santa Monica Friday night. PCC extended its win streak to three games.
The state No. 15-ranked Pasadena City College men's basketball team improved its record to 8-4 overall in winning the consolation title at the 41st Santa Barbara City College Classic tournament held Dec. 12-14. In Saturday's fifth place final, the Lancers downed Bakersfield, 73-68.
The state No. 15-ranked Pasadena City College men's basketball team doubled up host Santa Barbara City, 78-39, Friday to reach the consolation finals of the 41st SBCC Classic. The Lancers (7-4) play Bakersfield Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in the fifth place final.
While the Pasadena City College-hosted John J. Kennedy Thanksgiving Classic ended with a loss to San Bernardino Valley, the high-scoring Lancers men's basketball team delighted fans in attendance at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium with back-to-back, 101-point games on November 29 and 30.
For the sixth time in seven seasons under head coach Michael Swanegan, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team reached the century mark in points as the Lancers trounced the Occidental JV team, 101-60, Friday night. It was PCC's home opener at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium and part of the first round of the 6-team, round-robin John J. Kennedy Thanksgiving Classic.
Pasadena City College and men's basketball head coach Michael Swanegan hosts the John J. Kennedy Thanksgiving Classic this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
It was the third highest scoring total by a Pasadena City College men's basketball player ever, and the Lancers needed every one of the 43 points scored by Taj Spencer on Sunday. Spencer, a transfer forward from Mt. San Antonio College, rallied the Lancers, sinking a free throw with four seconds left as PCC downed Victor Valley, 99-98, in overtime to close out the San Bernardino Valley Alvin Hunter Classic, round-robin tournament.
Although it lost to Antelope Valley College in the championship final, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team had a successful start to the 2013-14 season by finishing runner-up at the Ventura We Play Hard Tournament held November 7-9.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team and head coach Michael Swanegan felt it was time to change up the program's philosophy especially in practice. In recent seasons, the Lancers had favored an up-tempo offense that sometimes led to inadequate transition defense and sloppy play.