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Cummins (28 pts, 17 rb) stars but PC falls
EL CAJON (12-03-2016) -- Keegan Cummins (left) and LaVale Coleman (right) turned in huge performances on Saturday but Palomar's men's basketball team was bounced out of the 45th Grossmont College Tournament 90-86 by Santa Monica in double overtime.
They combined for 55 points and 29 rebounds against the Corsairs. Cummins finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds. He also dunked the ball six times, including twice each on assists from Jackson Strong and Sean Birk. Cummins also blocked 2 shots.
Coleman had 27 points and 12 boards. Strong (16 points) and Matt Beeler (10 points) also scored indouble figures for Palomar, which led by 19 points with just under 11 minutes to play in regulation.
Comets lose halftime lead and game
EL CAJON (12-02-2016) -- Palomar took a two-point lead at the half on Friday but dropped its opening game in the 45th Grossmont College men's basketball tournament to Moorpark 65-62 at Griffin Gym.
The Comets got double-figure scoring from Jackson Strong (left, 22 points, 5 three-pointers), LaVale Coleman (right, 15 points, 8 rebounds) and Keegan Cummins (12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks) in the loss.
Palomar outshot Moorpark 41.7 percent to 31.9 percent to no avail. The Comets and Raiders each had 42 rebounds.
Palomar will play Santa Monica, an 81-75 first-round loser to Moorpark, in the consolation semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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 Telch. -- 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.
ABOVE: Thomas Alexandre scores with 8:21 left in the first half to give Palomar a 21-18 lead over Southwestern on Tuesday night at The Dome. The Comets won their home opener 73-66. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Jackson Strong, who led Palomar with 19 points
Strong, Birk lead PC over Jaguars 73-66
SAN MARCOS (11-15-2016) -- Jackson Strong (19 points, 8 rebounds) and Sean Birk (17 points) both came up big on Tuesday night as Palomar opened its home season with a 73-66 victory over Southwestern at The Dome in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game.
Strong, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Torrey Pines High School, dumped in 12 points in the final 8 minutes, knocking down two 3-pointers, a 2-point field goal and 4-of-4 free throws as the Comets put the game away.
Strong knocked down three 3-pointers for the night, the final one with 1:05 left to break the Jaguars' backs. Birk, a freshman guard out of El Camino High, scored 8 points in the first half and 7 points in the second half.
LaVale Coleman added 13 points and 6 rebounds as Palomar ran its early-season record to 3-1.
Southwestern's Emilio Aellano and Richard Grove led all scorers with 21 and 20 points, respectively, but Palomar put nine players in the scoring column to overwhelm the Jaguars. Matt Beeler scored 8 early points as the Comets overcame an 11-2 run by Southwestern to begin the game, and guard Mark Pacia sparked the winners with his quickness before exiting with a minor injury.
Palomar, which led 35-28 at the half, will be off until a week from Friday when the Comets will host the 12th Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. The Comets will play Los Angeles Southwest the first night at 7 p.m. to begin the three-day event. The other teams in the tournament are 2014-15 state champion and 2015-16 runner-up Saddleback, Los Angeles Trade Tech, Southwestern, Los Angeles Harbor and San Diego Miramar.
Palomar's only loss came at the hands of Riverside City College 83-77 in the championship game of the Ventura College We Play Hard Tournament.
Comets battle into tournament finals
VENTURA (11-04-2016) --The Ventura College Athletic Center has a reputation for being one of the toughest venues to play at in community college basketball. But don't tell that to the Palomar Comets.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jackson Strong and Kevin Hardyway (left), the latter with 1:48 to play, brought Palomar back from a six-point deficit with 4 minutes to play and the Comets went on to shock host Ventura 67-64 in the champtionship semifinals of the We Play Hard Tournament on Friday night.
Coach John O'Neill's club (2-0) will play Riverside City College, a 86-75 winner over Antelope Valley in the other semifinal game, for the tournament championship on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Keegan Cummins, the Comets' 6-foot-10, 250-pound freshman center, led Palomar with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jackson strong tallied12 points, and LaVale Coleman grabbed 10 rebounds.
Comets turn back Pasadena 83-30
VENTURA (11-03-2016) --Palomar, with only one player returning from a year go, matured in a hurry and got its 2016-17 season off on the right foot on Thursday afternoon, turning back Pasadena City College 83-80 in the opening round of the We Play Hard Tournamentat the Ventura College Athletic Center.
Coach John O'Neill's squad will play host Ventura, which defeated Los Angeles Valley 93-85, in Friday's semifinals at 7 p.m.
El Camino High School alum Sean Birk (18 points, 6 rebounds) led the Comets. LaValle Coleman (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Torrey Pines High product Jackson Strong (17 points) also scored in double figures. Keegan Cummins, O'Neill's 6-foot-10 freshman post man from Escondido High School, added 6 points and 5 rebounds.
The Lancers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Comets came back to go in front briefly and the teams batted back and forth before Sean Birk (El Camino High) put Palomar ahead to stay 16-15 when he took the ball to the hoop with 10:52 to play in the first half. Marcel Condray, a 6-foot-8 post player from Vista Murrieta High, gave the Comets' their biggest lead at 16 points when on a layup with 6:09 remaining in the second half. That put Palomar on top 76-63.
The teams in the opposite bracket are Antelope Valley, Orange Coast, Moorpark and Riverside City College.
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