Offense Picking Up Pace For Men's Basketball

Patric Panoosi fires up a shot during the Skip Robinson Classic, photo by Michael Watkins.
Patric Panoosi fires up a shot during the Skip Robinson Classic, photo by Michael Watkins.

One of the things standing out in a current 5-1 stretch for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team is the Lancers ability to put the ball through the hoop. With a 90-72 win over 134/2 Freeway rival Glendale at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night, PCC is averaging 83.5 points during the winning run.

PCC rose above the .500 mark at 5-4 overall while the Vaqueros are 1-4. Pasadena also is 3-1 on its home floor.

The Lancers shot 55.2 percent from the floor v. Glendale and held the Vaqueros scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game. PCC led 16-4, but Glendale cut it to 35-32 by halftime. The Vaqueros jumped ahead 43-37, and the teams stayed close in a 1-point game, 62-61, led by PCC with less than nine minutes remaining. At that point, Patric Panoosi drained a trey and then a 2-point jumper. Gabriel Ajemian followed with a driving layup and Deondro Worrell made a basket-and-one. Ajemian bombed in a three to cap a 13-0 run that took all but two minutes to accomplish and PCC never looked back, ahead 75-61. 

The starting unit put together a balanced attack with Panoosi scoring 19 points (five 3s), Rasheet Wilson 18 points, Ajemain 15 points (plus six steals and five assists), and Worrell 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Point guard London Benford put on a defensive clinic with eight steals to go with six points and six assists. Joseph Rosseau made a pair of 3-point baskets and Armen Safeyan a three off the bench. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, PCC will host El Camino College in a non-conference game. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the HP Gym.