Lancers buck the Broncos in final game of tournament

Pasadena City College men’s basketball defeated LA Pierce 74-51 in the final game of the 5th annual Skip Robinson Classic tournament on Saturday. This is the Lancers’ third win in as many days, bringing their season record to 4 wins and 3 losses. In front of a modest crowd, the Lancers established an early lead with 14 uncontested points in the first few minutes and managed to maintain a 20 point lead over the visiting LA Pierce Broncos for the majority of the game. Attempting …

Lancers basketball looks to bounce back with tournament win

PCC’s basketball team will host the 5th annual Skip Robinson basketball tournament this week from Thu to Sat at 7 p.m. in Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers (1-3) will play three back to back games against Barstow, Glendale and LA Pierce, respectively, giving the head coach Ryan Frazer a chance to live up to the tournament’s namesake and to celebrate the former athletic director Skip Robinson. This is Frazer’s “first semester, first year, first everything” as PCC’s 16th head coach in the school basketball team’s 99-year …

What does a basketball player look like? Like this.

Coming out of her hotel room, dressed in red and gray basketball shorts and a matching mesh top with STARS logo written across the front, an older couple approached the future PCC women’s basketball player. Guadalupe Vazquez Herrera went to a Chicago amateur basketball tournament prior to her senior year, hoping to make an impression on some of the coaches and scouts. The last thing she thought she’d confront is a moment of keenness and introspection. The interaction was brief and awkward, but it also …

Board of Trustees voted to approve new men’s head basketball coach

PCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve Ryan Frazer as the new head basketball coach Wednesday, March 16 in the Crevling Lounge. “I picked PCC because of the opportunity I saw there,” Frazer said. “The location is ideal in terms of recruitment and students being able to drive to campus. I know the history of the program and know it is one of very few schools to be a multiple time state champion. The challenge of starting over doesn’t really scare me, it actually …

Rio Hondo’s deep roster overwhelms Lancers

Freshman guard Naomi Turner waited for her teammate, Lupe Vazquez, to come off of a down screen near the 3-point baseline. As Vazquez lethargically trotted from one side of the court to the other side, Turner decided to make something happen before the shot clock expired. On her initial step, Turner fell to the floor and the ball bounced to the other side of the court. The well-rested Rio Hondo players made the uncontested fast-break sequence look like the George Mikan drill. It was a …

Women’s basketball barely defeat limping Beavers

The Lancers lead had dropped a very comfortable lead in the fourth quarter from 20 points to an enigmatic 10 points with a little less than four minutes left. Head coach Joe Peron instructed his point guard Maiya Villanueva, who wasn’t having her greatest shooting performance, to slow it down. On average, Villanueva scores 14 points and shoots 30% from the field. Tonight she had 9 points and shot 14%, with three of those points coming from free throws. It felt as if the Beavers …

PCC basketball legend is one-step away from traveling to the Hall of Fame

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced a total of 14 candidates for the 2021 election on March 9. Among those selected, PCC alumnus and former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Michael Cooper, better known as “Coop”, was among them. “It’s such a great honor. You know, when you play this game, you play the game for the love of it, for the camaraderie of a team sport, and to win championships. So to be singled out and looked at as an individual, you know, I’m …

Women’s basketball star swooshes scholarship

Success as a Lancer student-athlete requires balance, talent, and sacrifice. Dariel Johnson, PCC’s star women’s basketball forward, readily sacrificed for her success by cutting down time with friends and family. She sold her car. She even decided to leave California and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to sign the lease on a new apartment to attend a university with a scholarship she didn’t even know she was going to receive. This scholarship was the NCAA Division I scholarship that would only be granted if her …