Sport is as much about redemption and second chance as just the best team always wins. On November 18, the Pasadena City College men’s basketball team suffered a 50-point loss, 92-42, to Glendale at the Skip Robinson Classic. It was one of the worst losses in school history and the biggest loss margin for a Lancers team at Hutto-Patterson Gym since it opened in 1999.
But on Tuesday night, Glendale returned to HP Gym, and this time the CCP had a plan. The Lancers took a 16-7, then a 27-9 lead, holding a 36-24 halftime advantage. Despite a Vaqueros rally that brought him down to 41-39, Pasadena remained steadfast in their stifling zone defense and never gave up the lead in a stunning 69-65 win. The victory ended the team’s 12-game losing streak and was the first under interim head coach Hosie Ward. Glendale saw his record slip to 8-6.
âWhen we first faced them we played in men’s defense and they passed us,â said Ward. âWe put in a 1-2-2 zone for this game, and that kept Glendale’s wings from coming loose for easy shots. Our players have learned what can happen by simply slowing it down, forcing the opponent to take harder shots. Two players who were consistent on D for us were Brandon torimaru and Joevontay clayton. I’m happy for the players because they now realize what they are capable of when they listen and follow a game plan.
Ward and longtime assistant coach Jesse Ellis lead a 14-player roster that includes 12 freshmen and two sophomores, including one who was a reserve in the 2019-20 squad.
Offensively, Devan ford led the Lancers with 20 points and Jordan flowers added 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Torimaru scored three 3 points under his 15 points and Clayton contributed six points, 12 rebounds (nine on defensive boards) and four assists. Joseph rousseau also played well defensively with three blocks, two steals, three defensive rebounds and two points. David Perry came off the bench to score six points.
With less freedom to execute quick breaks and set up 1-on-1 opportunities, Glendale was a shooting mess, especially in the first half when the Vaqueros were 5 for 38 on the pitch (13.2%). They finished at 28% (21 of 75). The Lancers were a solid 24 for 56 (43%) and 8 for 20 from beyond the 3-point arc.
After Jared Jones reduced the CCP’s lead and capped a 13-0 streak at Glendale to drop it to 41-39, the Lancers responded with a 12-3 push that put the game at 53-42. Ford scored six straight points in the race and Perry sank a huge tree that pulled him 50-42 away with 8:20 to go. The Vaqueros have led only once in this game at 1-0.
The CCP’s scheduled competition for Friday, December 17 at El Camino College has been postponed due to Warriors’ COVID-19 issues. The Lancers return to action on Tuesday, December 21 when they host a 1 p.m. non-conference contest against College of the Canyons.