Pasadena continued to plummet in week 10 of the season with losses to LA Trade Tech and El Camino-Compton, pushing their losing streak to seven games.
PCC raced to a 10-0 start just 2:24 into the game before falling victim to LA Trade Tech, 74-59.
The Lancers looked like a composed squad in the first half, which allowed them to knock down 5 3-pointers.
PCC’s tactic of crashing the boards paid off as they collected seven offensive rebounds which created opportune scoring chances and led the team into halftime down by just three points.
The second half is what led the team to a familiar path they have been down before this season. After keeping the first half competitive, PCC tends to lose their luster as the game wears on.
“There is only so much we can do,” said center Angel Holguin. “I know it’s not much of an excuse but it’s been difficult to win games with all the injuries we have suffered throughout the season.”
Pasadena allowed LA Trade Tech to put up 45 points in the second half—the second highest point total allowed this season.
Twelve minutes into the second half, the Beavers went on a 16-0 run to put the game on ice.
LA Trade Tech reaped the benefits of Donte Medford and Kieshuan Young-Jones. Medford scored 21 of his 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the second half while Young-Jones pitched in with 13 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.
In comparison, the PCC starters were colder than a bucket of ice water as they shot a combined 7-of-24 from the field.
“One of the reasons why we are not able to win games is because of poor shot selection,” said guard Corey Robinson.
An evil omen that has been present all season long are the struggles with converting free throws and continued to haunt the Lancers in this contest.
Pasadena was 10-for-18 from the charity stripe (55.6 percent).
“Not everything is going to go our way,” said freshman Aaron Yu. “We have to keep our heads up.”
Sophomore forward Darrell Childs notched a double-double with 11 point and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
The Beavers victory over the Lancers marks their second win of the season.
Entering Friday’s bout with Pasadena, El Camino-Compton was looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Mt. San Antonio, halting their winning streak at six.
With the sour image of defeat fresh in their minds, the Tartars came out of the gate firing on all cylinders.
They coasted to a 92-67 dismantling of the Lancers and scored 50 points to PCC’s 32 in the first half.
The Tartars dominated the glass on both ends of the floor out rebounding PCC, 68-33. ECC’s Chavers collected 12 rebounds with 7 of them on the offensive end.
ECC’s Chavers collected 12 rebounds with seven 7 of them on the offensive end.
The Tartars put up a solid offensive display and the supporting cast led the charge with 44 points off the bench.
Serving much of the season in the reserve role, freshman Jamon Moore was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since the season opener and scored 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting versus ECC.
Pasadena will play East LA on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium