Wilson Scores 39 In Men's Hoops Wild 110-105 Loss At LA Trade Tech

Rasheet Wilson in action in a game last week at East Los Angeles College, photo by Michael Watkins.
Rasheet Wilson in action in a game last week at East Los Angeles College, photo by Michael Watkins.

On a Friday night when Pasadena City College men's basketball guard Rasheet Wilson poured in 39 points, he wasn't even the game's leading scorer as Los Angeles Trade Tech's Mark Chin scored 40 points as part of a triple-double. The Lancers lost a wild, South Coast Conference North Division game, 110-105.

PCC (10-13 overall, 1-2 in conference play) rallied from a 14-point halftime (61-47) deficit to take a 77-76 lead on an offensive rebound and short jumper by London Benford. Trade Tech (14-10, 3-1 in the SCC) regained the advantage and put Pasadena back in catch-up mode the rest of the contest. 

Chin put on a show that included 13 assists, 10 rebounds and a 16-for-17 performance at the free throw line. Another Beaver that hurt the Lancers was Winston Jones, who totaled 36 points, including bombing in nine 3-pointers out of 16 overall by Trade Tech. 

Wilson though did what he could to keep PCC in it. The 6-foot-3 Florida product became just the ninth player in Lancers history to reach 39 or more points and the first since Taj Spencer had 43 points in 2013. Wilson was 12-for-18 from the field and a scorching 6-for-7 on 3-pointers. He was also 9-for-10 at the line. PCC burned the nets from the charity stripe, making 30 of 33 attempts or 91 percent. Wilson added five assists. 

Gabriel Ajemian came off the bench to score 17 points while starting guard Dominick Erby was a perfect 9-for-9 on free throws as part of his 14 points (plus five assists). Benford scored all of his 14 points in the second half and added seven rebounds and five assists (6-for-6 at the stripe). Guard Patric Panoosi landed four treys for his 12 points while forward Deandro Worrell contributed seven points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. 

The Lancers reached the century mark in points for the first time in seven years. The last time PCC and an opponent each passed the 100-point mark in the same game was in 2005 in the highest combined scoring game in school history, a 133-129, triple-overtime loss v. LA Harbor. The last time both teams did it in regulation only was 26 years ago in a 113-105 win over San Bernardino Valley. 

Ajemian tallied 19 points in the Lancers 102-72 loss at state #3 East Los Angeles College on Jan. 29. Benford added 15 points (9-for-10 at the line). Erby scored 14 points with five assists and three steals and Panoosi 11 points. 

In the team's past five games, PCC has been efficient at the free throw line, making 78 percent of their attempts (93 of 120 shots). 

PCC hosts Mt. San Antonio on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. conference contest.