PCC’s men’s basketball team never trailed in their home opener win over the visiting Jaguars of Southwestern College.
Nov. 14ths 67-60 victory came by way of the Lancers’ dominating the glass, and dishing out more assists.
PCC started the first half hot, sinking three’s and mid-range jumpers with ease, garnering an early 15-4 lead with only six minutes elapsed.
The Lancer defensive effort was also strong early on, forcing the Jaguars to settle for ineffective pull-up jumpers after poorly executed offensive plays.
PCC led by as many as 11 points before the Jaguars woke up and made the rest of the game a competitive contest; often bringing the score within single digits.
By the second half, PCC allowed the Jaguars to penetrate the paint, scoring easy lay-ups and drawing fouls.
“We gave up big leads, and the youth of our team was showing on the court,” said Head Coach Mike Swanegan. “We gave up a lot of easy baskets tonight but we’re gonna work on that, that’s what games are for.”
Despite PCC’s lackluster defense in the second half, they retained the lead by outrebounding Southwestern 41-33, and passing for more assists with 17 to the Jaguars’ 12.
Freshman Kameron Burch sparked a PCC offense in the second half racking in twelve points in the second half—six of which came from behind the arc.
“I just stayed ready to play, and I just go hard all times,” Burch said. “I feel this is going to be a great season and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Sophomore transfer Givon Crump provided a strong all-around day for PCC with a game-leading 19 points and nine rebounds.
“It’s always good to win, especially at home,” Coach Swanegan said. “We’re out here in front of our fans and we want to win at home. I’m excited for the rest of the season.”
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