Coming off a tough three-point loss to Mt. SAC last Friday, the PCC Men’s basketball team bounced back on the road when they traveled to Los Angeles Trade Tech and defeated a winless Beavers team.
Dejon Williams, captain and quarterback of the PCC Football, led the team with 25 points that carried the Lancers to a close 78-71 win.
Right out the gate, the Lancers had all the momentum, jumping to an early 12-point lead. It looked as if it was going to be a breeze for the Lancers, but the Beavers planned otherwise.
The Lancers were getting careless with the basketball, turning it over nine times in the first half, leading to the Beavers mounting a comeback. With about three seconds to go in the first half, the Beavers converted a three-point play, giving them their first lead of the game heading to the locker rooms at 34-33.
After the Beavers came out strong to start the second half, the game was slipping away from the Lancers. And that is where they turned up their game.
Refusing to lose, PCC kept forcing turnovers and hitting clutch shots. At around the halfway point of the second half, the momentum was back on their side. As the final minutes of the game loomed near, the Lancers were able to pull away and keep L.A.T.T. at bay until the clock hit zero seconds.
“We played hard. Particularly down the stretch, just enough to win the ball game,” head coach Michael Swanegan said. “We got the shots that we needed, we executed down the stretch like we needed and that was the difference in the ball game.”
Freshman point guard Justin Fletcher and freshman forward Donell Tuff played key roles in the win. Both of them did not reach the scoreboard in the first half, but put up a combined 17 points in the second half.
“We executed, came out harder on defense, and made some plays,” Feltcher said.
“We did great,” he said. “I wasn’t playing great the first half, but we did great. We did what we were supposed to do.”
The Lancers, now at 2-2 in conference play, will head out to LA Harbor on Friday, looking to get a winning streak going as the season is at full swing.