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2012-13 PCAC Champions


Off-Season ...

ABOVE: Calvin Smith, second from left, signed with Sonoma State University. He's flanked by Palomar associate head coach John Hotaling (left), head coach John O'Neill (second from right) and associate head coach Dima Artamonov. -- Photo by Melinda Finn. BELOW LEFT: Joe Vaz, who signed with College of Idaho. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Nate Coleman, who will  sign with Bethany University of Kansas. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Vaz, Coleman and Smith on way to next level

SAN MARCOS (6-06-2013) -- Three key players from the 2012-13 Palomar team that won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship are on their way to the four-year college level.

Joe Vaz, the Comets' 7-foot-1 sophomore center from Rancho Buena Vista High School, has signed with College of Idaho, the school where NBA legend Elgin Baylor began his college basketball career.

Vaz was the PCAC Player of the year and was a first-team CCAA All-State selection. He led California community college players in blocks and averaged 16.1 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Vaz shot 61.2 from the field and 75.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Nate Coleman, a 6-foot,5-inch sophomore forward from El Camino High School and a second-team All-PCAC selection, will sign with Bethany University of Kansas.

Calvin Smith, a 6-foot, 5-inch freshman  forward from Glendora High School, signed with Sonoma State.

2012-13 Season ...

PC finishes 21-10 with loss in third round

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (3-06-2013) -- A talented, deep and athletic Chaffey men's basketball team dashed Palomar's hopes of advancing to the CCCAA State Final Four two wins short of its goal on Wednesday night, defeating the Comets 82-67 at the Sports Center.

An loud overflow crowd watched the Panthers (25-6) end the Comets' season, which saw them tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title, at 21-10. Palomar had lost only twice in 2013, once in single overtime and the other time in double overtime, prior to Wednesday.

Sophomore point guard Dejuan Ervin (pictured a moment before scoring over Chaffey's Roderick Evan-Taylor, photo by Hugh Cox) led the Comets with 28 points. Joe Vaz, Palomar's 7-foot-1 sophomore center, scored 15 points. Chauncy Sirles added seven points. Nate Coleman hauled down seven rebounds.

Justin Long, the state 3-point leader, had four treys on the way to a game-high 18 points for the Panthers.

Comets open 25-pt. lead, win big at L.A. Pierce

WOODLAND HILLS (3-01-2013) -- Behind 21 points each from PCAC Players of the Year Joe Vaz (left) and Dejuan Ervin, and behind a 3-point shooting clinic by Chauncy Sirles (right), Palomar raced past favored Los Angeles Pierce 73-55 in the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs on Friday night.

Both teams had received first-round byes.

Vaz scored 21 points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and made it nearly impossible for the Brahmas, the co-champions of the  Western State Conference North, to attack in the paint all night long.

Ervin also added six rebounds.

Sirles went 5-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc.

The Comets led 26-23 late in the first half when Aaron Roedl drained a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining, makeingk the score 29-23 at intermission. That keyed a 5-0 run to begin the second half on a short jumper by Vaz and a Sirles 3-pointer, making  it 34-23, and the rout was on.

Palomar opened a 25-point lead and Pierce only was able to make the score appear closer than the game actually was when coach John O'Neill pulled his remaining starters late in the game.

Roedl made both of his 3's in the game, Glen Gaines drained his only 3-pointer, Nate Coleman hauled down nine rebounds and Calvin Smith was a huge presence defensively and also dished off a game-high six assists.

Palomar will play at Chaffey in the third round next Wednesday at 7 p.m. If the Comets win, they'll travel to either SoCal No. 1 seed Saddleback or East Los Angeles on Saturday, with the winner moving on the the CCCAA State Final Four on March 27-28 at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

Vaz, Ervin Players of Yr.; O'Neill Coach of Yr.

CHULA VISTA (2-23-2013) -- Palomar swept the honors as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men'sbasketball coaches selected the 2013 all-conference team over the weekend.

Sophomore center Joe Vaz (Rancho Buena Vista High School) was named Men's Co-Player of the Year.

Sophomore point guard Dejuan Ervin was selected as the other Men's Player of the Year.

John O'Neill was honored as Coach of the Year.

Vaz and Ervin were voted to the first team. Sophomore forward Nate Coleman (El Camino High School) was selected to the second team. Freshman guard Aaron Roedl (Great Oak High School in Temecula) and freshman forward Calvin Smith received honorable mention honors.

Comets' Roedl is PCAC Men's Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (2-25-2013) -- Palomar basketball player Aaron Roedl (photo by Hugh Cox from Comets' victory over San Diego City College two weeks ago) has been selected as last week's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Roedel, a freshman from Great Oak High School in Temecula, played a huge role in the Comets' only game last week as they defeated cuyamaca 84-79 to finish their regular season 20-9 and clinch a tie for the PCAC championship.

Roedl scored 20 points, knocking down 6-of-10 three-point attempts, and has sparked the Comets down the stretch in conference play.

PC struggles early but nails at least tie for title

SAN MARCOS (2-20-2013) -- Palomar strulled with last-place Cuyamaca, which had only six players in uniform, for much of Wednesday night's final regular-season game at The Dome.

But the Comets got the job done down the stretch, beating the Coyotes 84-79 to finish 20-9 and clinch no worse than a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship.

Dejuan Ervin (left, 26 points, 8 assists), Aaron Roedl (right, 20 points, 6 three-pointers on 10 attempts) and Joe Vaz (18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks) led the way as the Comets finished 10-2 in conference, with both losses coming in overtime.

MiraCosta won at Southwestern on Wednesday  63-51, so the Spartans and Grossmont (which had a bye) are both 9-2 in conference with one game to play.

The Spartans visit San Diego City College on Friday, while the Griffins play at Miramar. If both MC and the G-House win, the conference race ends in a three-way tie. If they both lose, Palomar wins the conference outright. If one of them wins and the other loses, the team that wins will tie the Comets for first place.

Nate Coleman  and Calvin Smith each had eight rebounds for the Comets against the Coyotes.

The Coyotes jumped out to an early lead as Palomar didn't score until Ervin's break-away dunk 4:00 into the game. The teams then traded  the lead back and forth until Vaz, who went 6-for-6 on late free throws, knocked down two points from the foul line with 7:41 to play in the second half, putting the Comets up for good at 57-55.

Comets advance to 19-9, 9-2 behind Vaz

SAN MARCOS (2-15-2013) -- Palomar moved to within one victory of a 20-win regular season Friday evening, downing San Diego City College 73-57 at The Dome.

Joe Vaz (left, photo by Hugh Cox) rocked the Knights for 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. The 7-foot-1 center went 10-for-11 from the field.

Dejuan Ervin added 20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Comets, who can clinch no worse than a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and close out the regular seasosn with records of 20-9 (10-2 in conference) on Wednesday, when they host Cuyamaca at 7 p.m.

They're tied for first place with Grossmont, which also is 10-2 in the PCAC after beating Suthwestern 62-48 on Friday. MiraCosta is tied in the loss column with a 7-2 record with three games to play.

Calvin Smith, who also had rebounds, and Corey Phillips, who buried two long 3-pointers, had eight points each for Palomar.

Coleman, Roedl, Smith come up big in win

SAN MARCOS (2-13-2013) -- Nate Coleman (right, 25 points, six 3-pointers, 12 rebounds) and Aaron Roedl (left, photo by Hugh Cox, 18 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds) led a long-range shooting exhibition on Wednesday evening at The Dome as Palomar ran past Imperial Valley 97-78 to remain tied atop the PCAC standings.

Calvin Smith contributed a triple-double with 11  points (10 in the second half), 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Comets advanced to 18-9 (8-2 in conference) -- with both losses coming in overtime. Dejuan Ervin had 14 points and six rebounds.

Palomar went on an early run and led 54-33 at the half.

Palomar knocked down 17-of-36 3's. Corey Phillips added three 3's, Ervin two and Zach Ramirez and Kendall one each as the Comets rebounded from a double-overtime 79-78 loss at MiraCosta on Friday night.

Palomar wins showdown for conference lead

IMPERIAL (2-06-2013) -- Joe Vaz (left) and Nate Coleman (right) each delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday night at The Dome as Palomar outlasted Grossmont 72-69 in the teams' battle for the PCAC lead.

The Comets, who are ranked No.14 in the state, moved to 17-8 (7-1 in conference) with their seventh straight win.

Vaz also had four blocks. Chauncy Sirles also scored in double figures with 12 points. Aaron Roedl contributed nine points off the bench.

Palomar jumped out to a 10-0 in the game's first 2 minutes, 32 seconds. The Comets led at the half 33-30. The teams traded the lead back and fourth until Calvion Smith was knocked down attempting a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.9 seconds left and made the second and third free throw attempts. That broke a 69-69 tie and put Palomar up by the final margin.

Palomar wins showdown for conference lead

CHULA VISTA (3-01-2013) -- Joe Vaz (left) dominated Southwesternwith 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks on Friday evening as Palomar won 76-51 to remain tied for the PCAC lead with Grossmont.

The win set up Wednesday's match-up between the two leaders at the Dome. The Griffins defeated Imperial Valley 62-51 on Friday.

Corey Phillips scored 13 points and knocked down three 3-points, one from 8 feet behind the arc. He also dished out four assists and played a zero-turnover game.

Dejuan Ervin had 10 points and five assists. Nate Coleman grabbed 11 rebounds. Chauncy Sirles (right) had nine points and nine rebounds.

Comets win big again 95-75, in 2-way tie for 1st

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (1-30-2013) -- Dejuan Ervin (left), Joe Vaz and Aaron Roedl (right) combined for 60 points on Friday night as Palomar rocked Cuyamaca 95-75 in a PCAC game.

The Comets are tied for first place, an 83-75 winner over MiraCosta, both at 5-1 in conference. Palomar, ranked 10th in Southern California and 20th in the state, has the conference's best overall record, 15-8.

It was the third straight 30-point performance for Ervion. Vaz finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Roedel was 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 on 3-pointers as he tallied 11 points off the bench.

Ervin went 15-for-17 from the free-throw stripe and also had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Palomar wins showdown for conference lead

SAN MARCOS (1-25-2013) -- Dejuan Ervin scored 28 points and dished off seven assists Friday night as Palomar topped off a big win with a 98-72 rout of San Diego Mesa at The Dome.

Joe Vaz had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks as the Comets advanced to 14-8 (4-1 in the PCAC).

Nate Coleman contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Phillips drained three early 3-pointers to help stake Palomar to a 46-23 halftime lead. Calvin Smith added five assists.

PHOTOS: LEFT: Corey Phillips sets up for one of his NBA-range 3-pointers. RIGHT: Joe Vaz gets an unwelcome tug on his jersey. There was no call. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Palomar rolls to conference rout of Miramar

SAN DIEGO (1-23-2013) -- Dejuan Ervin (left, 31 points, 10-for-12 shooting, 9-of-9 free throws) led four Palomar players in double figures on Wednesday night as visiting Palomar shelled Miramar 94-59 in a PCAC game.

Corey Phillips (15 points, three 3-pointers), Joe Vaz (12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks) and Aaron Roedl (10 points, three 3-poiinters) also scored in double figures and the Comets (18-8, 3-1) Led by as many as 45 points.

Nate Coleman (right) grabbed 10 rebounds. Calvin Smith had two blocks. The Comets dominated the Jets with their defensive play and transition game, led 7-0 and 15-2 early and were on top 47-24 at halftime. Palomar held its biggest lead at 87-42 with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Comets hold off City 75-60, go 2-1 in PCAC

SAN DIEGO (1-18-2013) -- Leading by 14 points at halftime, Palomar watched San Diego City College creep to within one point late in the second half on Friday night. Then the visiting Comets went on a ;14-0 run over the final 3 minutes, 31 seconds to take home a 75-60 PCAC victory.

Dejuan Ervin (left) scored 18 points and contributed nine of the Comets' points down the stretch. Chauncy Sirles tallied 16 points, hitting on 4-of-6 3-pointers. Joe Vaz ;had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Freshman guard Corey Phillips (right) out of Morse High School parlayed an outstanding floor game with eight first-half points, knocking down two straight 3's late in the first half to put the Comets (18-8, 2-1) up by 17 and setting the tone for the win.

Vaz, Palomar win 77-69 over rival MiraCosta

SAN MARCOS (1-11-2013) -- Palomar got 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks from 7-foot-1 center Joe Vaz on Friday night as the Comets rocked visiting North County rival MiraCosta 77-69 at The Dome.

Vaz was pounded on relentlessly by the Spartans' physical front line. But he struck for 15 of his points, six of his rebounds and all four blocks in the second half as the Comets (11-8, 1-1 in the PCAC) overcame a 32-31 halftime deficit.

Dejuan Ervin scored 12 points before fouling out with 1:46 to play.

Calvin Smith tallied 11 points and buried three 3-pointers in a 1-minute, 50 second span midway through the second half to stun the state No. 16-ranked Spartans.

Nate Coleman had eight rebounds. Smith and Chauncy Sirles (11 points) each contributed six rebounds. Kendall Thompson came off the bench to score eight points, all from the free-throw line, including six free throws in the final 1:11 to cement the win.

MiraCosta was forced to play catch-up, and the Comets finished off the Spartans by making 30-of-42 free throw attempts.

Palomar netralized 6-foot-8 Declan Daly, who was held scoreless fouling out with 6:54 left. Daly, who leads the state in rebounds (Vaz is second) did have seven boards and five blocks.

The two teams were 7-7 against each other over the last seven seasons. The win gives the Comets an 8-7 advantage in the most recent 15 games of a series that dates back to the 1940s.

PHOTOS: LEFT: Dejuan Ervin scores in transition. RIGHT: Nate Coleman rejects a MiraCosta shot. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

IVC overcomes big games by Vaz, Ervin, Roedl

IMPERIAL (1-09-2013) -- Palomar got huge performances from 7-foot-1 center Joe Vaz (left), Dejuan Ervin and Aaron Roedl (right) on Wednesday night. But Imperial Valley downed the visiting Comets 99-96 in overtime in a PCAC men's basketball opener.

Vaz scored 29 points and also had 15 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Ervin contributed 21 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals.

Roedl, a true freshman from Great Oak High School in Temecula who was activated from red-shirt status early in the season, stepped up for the Comets (10-8, 0-1) off the bench with 17 points. He was 5-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Pre-Conference Games ...

DEC. 29 -- Riverside City College 65, Palomar 55: The Tigers won in the consolation finals at the 23rd Cougar Holiday Classic at College of the Canyons, avenging an earlier loss to the Comets in the Riverside tournament. Joe Vaz led Palomar with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Dejuan Ervin scored 18 points.

DEC. 28 -- Palomar 86, Orange Coast 72 (OT): Dejuan Ervin and Joe Vaz comined for 49 points and 21 rebounds in the consolation semifinals at the Cougar Holiday Classic. ERvin had 31 points and 6 reb ounds. Vaz contributed 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Coleman had 13 points and 6 rebounds.

DEC. 27 -- College of the Canyons 65, Palomar 55: The state 19th-ranked Cougars upset the No. 12 Comets to begion the Cougar Holiday Classic, overcoming 15 points and 14 rebounds from Joe Vaz. Chauncy Sirles had 13 points and 5 rebounds for Palomar. Nate Coleman had 13 rebounds.

DEC. 18 -- Palomar 60, El Camino 53: Joe Vaz struck for 17 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks and Dejuan Ervin scored 13 points, all in the second half, as the Comets won in non-conference action at The Dome. Nate Coleman grabbed 13 rebounds, 8 on the offensive board. Ervin and Calvin Smith each contributed 8 boards.

DEC. 8 -- Saddleback 71, Palomar 67: The state No. 2-ranked Gauchos won in the championship game of the 42st Riverside City College Holiday Classic. Joe Vaz scored 21 points, Calvin Smith 10 for the Comets.

DEC. 7 -- Palomar 72, San Diego City College 62: Dejuan Ervin led with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Comets downed the Knights in the Riverside Holiday Classic semifinals. Joe Vaz contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Calvin Smith scored 12 points.

DEC. 6 -- Palomar 59, Riverside City College 55: The Comets knocked off the highly-regarded Tigers in the quarterfinals of their own tournament as Joe Vaz had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Chauncy Sirles tallied 14 points. Calvin Ssmith contributed  11 points and 4 assists. Kendall Thompson added 10 points. Nate Coleman had six rebounds.

DEC. 4 -- Palomar 73, Los Angeles Trade Tech 56: Joe Vaz scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the opening round of the Riverside tournament. He also blocked 6 shots. Calvin Smith Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dejuan Ervin contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds.

NOV. 25 -- Fresno City College 72, Palomar 63: The state No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Rams won the championship at the Palomar Thanksgiving Classic. Joe Vaz went 9-for-10 from the field, scored 19 points, had seven rebounds and blocked seven shots for the Comets. He was 24-for-31 on field goals in three tournament games, 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, had 28 rebounds and blocked 15 shots. He scored 56 points in the tournament. Chauncy Sirles scored 18 points for Palomar, draining 6-of-8 3-point attempts. Dejuan Ervin tallied 14 points and passed off for 9 assists. Calvin Smith added 5 assists.

NOV. 24 -- Palomar 75, Los Angeles Harbor 62: Chauncy Sirles scored 16 points, Zach Ramirez 15, Joe Vaz 12, and Calvin Smith and Dejuan Ervin 10 points each for the Comets in the semifinals of their own Thanksgiving tournament. Vaz grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 8 shots. Ervin had 7 rebounds, Smith 6. Ramirez dished off 5 assists and also had3 steals.

NOV. 23 -- Palomar 91, Fullerton 85: The Comets won in the opening round of their own tournament. Joe Vaz scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Comets. He was 10-for-14 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Chauncy Sirles scored 11 points. Zach Ramirez added 10 points and 6 assists. Calvin Smith had 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Nate Coleman also hauled in 7 rebounds.

NOV. 17 -- Fullerton 80, Palomar 69: The Hornets won the third-place game of the Fullerton Holiday Tournament. Joe Vaz led the Comets with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Glen Gaines had 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Chauncy Sirles added 10 points off the bench.

NOV. 16 -- Saddleback 78, Palomar 72: The Comets were knocked into the third-place game in the semifinals of the Fullerton tournament. Dejuan Ervin (17 points), Chauncy Sirles (13), Calvin Smith (12) and Joe Vaz (11) scored in double figures for Palomar. Vaz had 6 rebounds.

NOV. 15 -- Palomar 92, Barstow 66: Dejuan Ervine (30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists) came up big in the opening round of the Fullerton tournament. Chauncy Sirles scored 17 points, Corey Phillips tallied 12 points and Nate Coleman added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Glen Gaines pulled down 8 rebounds, Calvin Smith 7. Gaines dished off 6 assists.

NOV. 10 -- Palomar 80, Los Angeles Trade Tech 68: The Comets got 26 points from Dejuan Ervin, including a 16-for-17 performance from the free-throw line, as they won the third-place game in the Frank Garcia Tip-Off Tournament at College of the Desert. Ervin scored 69 points in three games in the tournament. Calvin Smith snagged 10 rebounds for Palomar to go along with his 11 points. Corey Phillips tallied 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Nate Coleman had 12 rebounds.

NOV. 9 -- Mt. San Jacinto 81, Palomar 76: Dejuan Ervin scored 23 points and had 4 steals in the semifinals at the Garcia Tip-Off Tournament. Corey Phillips scored 19 points, hitting five 3's, and also had 6 rebounds. Joe Vaz contributed 10  points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

NOV. 8 -- Palomar 96, Glendale (AZ) 63: The Comets tipped off the season by putting everyone on the roster in the scoring column in the opening round of the Garcia tournament. Dejuan Ervin scored 20 points, Chauncy Sirles 14, Glen Gaines 13, Corey Phillips 12 and Marley Simmons 10. Nate Coleman had 7 rebounds. Calvin Smith and Zach Ramirez each dished off five assists.

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