Close but no cigar has become a frustrating reality for the 2014-15 Pasadena City College men's basketball team. Since the new year, only a 14 combined points difference has led to four losses and a 2-4 record that has dropped the Lancers to 8-12 overall.
On the heels of a 78-71 victory at Los Angeles Trade Tech Wednesday night, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team pulled into a 3-way tie for second place in the South Coast Conference North Division. The Lancers, East Los Angeles and El Camino College-Compton Center are all 2-2 while Mt. San Antonio leads the league at 4-0.
Since the new year began, one only needs to look at the margin of victory/defeat for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team to show the competitive nature of South Coast Conference games. In four games, just 10 total points separated PCC from its opponents. Unfortunately for the Lancers, they are 1-3 in these close contests, including another 3-point loss Friday night.
For the first 33 minutes Wednesday night, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team slugged it out basket for basket with visiting Los Angeles Southwest. The lead changed hands 15 times and amazingly the non-conference game was tied at 23 different occasions.
Trailing 81-79 with 14 seconds left in overtime, the Pasadena City College men's basketball planned for a close-range basket to extend to a second OT against host East Los Angeles College. But when a layup attempt missed, the rebound went long and flew into the hands of guard Dejon Williams. The freshman promptly sank a 3-point bomb that gave the Lancers an 82-81, South Coast Conference North Division victory Friday night.
Had a football been tossed into the middle of Wednesday night's men's basketball game between visiting Pasadena City College and El Camino College-Compton Center, there were more than a few players who would have known what to do with it. The intensity of the South Coast Conference North Division opener had that gridiron feel as Compton fought off a late rally by the Lancers, 71-68.
For the second consecutive season, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team brought in a new year on a high note. The Lancers once again won all three games at the annual Imperial Valley College round-robin tournament held December 28-30. PCC ran its winning streak to four in a row as it begins South Coast Conference play next week.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team got back on the winning track with two victories and third place at the 8-team, College of the Sequoias Kirby Mannon Tournament held December 19-21. In the process, PCC snapped a 7-game losing streak and now are 3-8 on the season.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team suffered its seventh straight loss Saturday afternoon as it was eliminated from the 42nd Santa Barbara City College Invitational. Irvine Valley outscored the Lancers, 35-15, in the first half and handed them a 72-56 defeat.
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team performed a feat in scoring futility Friday night that hadn't been done since John F. Kennedy was President of the United States.
There is no mistaking the level of difficulty of the early season schedule for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team. The unranked Lancers opened the San Bernardino Valley Alvin Hunter Classic on November 14 with a matchup against the region's No. 3-rated Saddleback Gauchos. PCC had faced No. 1 Antelope Valley in its previous tournament at Ventura, losing to the Marauders by 22 points.
Last season, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team completed the program's most successful campaign in seven years under head coach Michael Swanegan. The Lancers used veteran leadership and the play of graduated All-State forward Taj Spencer to win 21 games and reach the SoCal Playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.
Pasadena City College men's basketball guard Mike Swanegan, an All-South Coast Conference North Division selection from the 2012-13 team, accepted a scholarship to continue his education and playing career at William Penn University (Iowa). Swanegan played for his father, Lancers head coach Michael Swanegan, for two seasons at PCC.