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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lady Charger Classic
PC gets defensive to win 77-44, reaches finals
SAN MARCOS (12-03-2016) -- Palomar outscored Orange Coast 32-9 in the second quarter to blow the game open and went on to crush the Pirates 77-44 on Saturday to reach Sunday's championship game of the 34th Lady Charger Classic at Cypress College.
The Comets (8-1) will face East Los Angeles (8-0), a 94-66 winner over Cypress, for the title at 3 p.m. Orange Coast fell to 8-2.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well, but really got the job done defensively, especially in the first half," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said.
Regina Sheffield (above left) again led the Comets statistically with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals. Christina Ellis (13 points, 6 rebounds), Monica Todd (13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) and Allie Israel (12 points, 5 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Comets.
Roshell Lamug added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Comets led 16-9 after one quarter, then blew past the Chargers.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lady Charger Classic
Short-handed Comets still roll to 90-45 win
CYPRESS (12-02-2016) -- Palomar's women's basketball team played without two starters on Friday but still opened play in the 34th Lady Charger Classic with a 45-point victory over Santa Monica.
The Comets rocked the Corsairs 90-45 behind Regina Sheffield (left, 19 points, 11 rebounds), Christina Ellis (14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals) and Cheyenne Ertz (right, 10 points, 5 rebounds).
Ariana Hernandez and Monica Todd each added 9 points as Palomar advanced to 7-1 on the season. Roshell Lamug tallied 8 points and Kaylee Puckett added 7 points and 7 rebounds.
The Comets (7-1) will play Orange Coast, an 88-74 winner over Grossmont, in a championship semifinal game on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Pirates have gone 6-0 since Palomar beat Coast 70-46 in the Pirates' season opener back on Nov. 11.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament
TOP PHOTO: Keegan Cummins scores underneath with 51 seconds left in the first half as Palomar takes a 52-45 lead at intermission over Los Angeles Trade Tech on Saturday night. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Cummins is fouled two different ways by the same player as he scores. The Beavers came back to eliminate the Comets 105-97 in overtime the consolation semifinals of the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Strong's 22 pts, five 3's not enough in OT loss
SAN MARCOS (11-26-2016) -- Jackson Strong burned the nets for 17 first-half points, including four 3-pointers, to give the Comets a 52-45 halftime lead over Los Angeles Trade Tech in the consolation semifinals of the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament.
But the lead was too good to last as the Beavers double-teamed and sometimes triple teamed Strong in the second half, fronting him constantly to deny him the ball. They held the freshman from Torrey Pines High School to just five second-half points and went on to eliminate the Palomar from the tournament 105-97.
Strong finished with 22 points that included 7-of-12 shooting (5-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc) and 3-for-4 from the foul line.
But he only rarely touched the ball in the second half, getting only three shots away while making one 3-pointer and a 2-pointer as the rest of the team went cold from behind the arc and the Beavers came back to reach Sunday's 1 p.m. consolation title game against San Diego Miramar, which beat L.A. Harbor 78-61.
San Diego City College, a 67-60 upset winner over Saddleback, last year's state runner-up, will play L.A. Southwest, a 79-74 winner over Southwestern, in the tournament championship game at 5 p.m. Saddleback and Southwestern will play for third place at 3 p.m.
Matt Beeler went 4-for-4 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line to score 15 points for Palomar in the Trade Tech game. The 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman from Poway High also pulled down 10 rebounds. Sean Birk also scored 15 points, Keegan Cummins contributed 14 points and six rebounds LeVale Coleman tallied 13 points.
The Comets are 3-3 on the season. The loss eliminated them from the tournament.
Jackson Strong hits a 3-pointer with 14:52 left in the second half to pull Palomar to within seven points of Los Angeles Southwest on Friday night in The Dome. The Comets rallied from a 44-28 deficit at the half but lost in the first round of the 12th Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. The Comets will play in the consolation semifinals at 3 p.m. Saturday against Los Angeles Trade Tech. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets' 2nd-half comeback too little, too late
SAN MARCOS (11-25-2016) -- A bad first half cost Palomar dearly in the opening round of the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday night in the Dome as the Comets fell too far behind and couldn't catch up in an 81-68 loss to Los Angeles Southwest.
Palomar will play Los Angeles Trade Tech, a 66-62 loser to Southwestern, in the first of two consolation semifinal games on Saturday at 3 p.m. If the Comets win, they'll face the loser of the 1 p.m. semifinal between Los Angeles Harbor and San Diego Miramar for the consolation title on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Saturday's 5 p.m. championship bracket semifinal will match 2015-16 state community college runner-up Saddleback, a 77-62 first-round winner over Miramar, and San Diego City College, a 73-70 first-round winner over Los Angeles Harbor. The 7 p.m. semifinal will pit Southwestern against L.A. Southwest.
The Comets put three players in double figures against L.A. Southwest, Jackson Strong with 15 points, Sean Birk with 13 points and six assists and LaVale Coleman with 11 points. Coleman led Palomar rebounders with nine. Brevin Robinson added eight points and Keegan Cummins scored seven points for the Comets. L.A. Southwest was led by Jordan Young with 20 points.
The Comets (3-2) looked flat following a 12-day layoff after reaching the championship game of the Ventura College We Play Hard Tournament.