The clock wasn’t on their side as the PCC women’s basketball team watched state No. 3 ranked Long Beach City College head to the free throw line,] looking to increase its lead to four points with 18 seconds left in the game.
If Long Beach hit the free throws, the score would be 67-63.
Instead, the Vikings missed both free throws and the Lancer’s Tyler Crockom sped down the court toward the basket, tying the game and sending it into overtime. The Lancers then put the game away, finishing off LBCC 77-70.
“In the first half I started slow,” said Crockom, who scored 14 points and tallied 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals. “I got it going in the second half though, especially in overtime. It was a crucial win for us. We needed this win.”
Crockom and Desiree Loving led a Lancers onslaught in the five extra minutes of overtime, scoring all 12 Lancer points (6 points apiece). Loving played exceptionally well Friday night, scoring 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
“I was just feeling really well out on the floor Friday,” Loving said. “Crockom and I felt like we had to lead our team to that victory, and we did. I feel a lot better now that I’m over the flu and it showed.”
PCC was able to withstand Long Beach’s three-point shooting Friday night, as it drained 10 from behind the arc.
“We were slacking off on defense,” head coach Joe Peron said. “We made some adjustments and made it a lot more tough for them to hit those shots.”
The Lancers kept their chances of catching first place Mt. SAC alive with the win and improved their record to 7-1 in conference play, 18-5 overall. PCC also leapfrogged LBCC in the state rankings to No. 4 while the Vikings dropped to No. 5.
“I’m proud of these girls,” Peron said. “I saw our defense escalate to another level in overtime, against Long Beach. I really like our chances against Mt. SAC now. We will keep working on our defensive game and win through that.”