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PC finishes 21-10 with loss in third round
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
Justin Long, the state 3-point leader, had four
treys on the way to a game-high 18 points for
Comets open 25-pt. lead,
win big at L.A. Pierce
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
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
Ervin also added six
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
Vaz, Ervin Players of Yr.; O'Neill Coach of Yr.
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.
center Joe Vaz (Rancho Buena Vista High School)
was named Men's Co-Player of the Year.
point guard Dejuan Ervin was selected as the
other Men's Player of the Year.
O'Neill was honored as Coach of the Year.
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
DIEGO (2-25-2013) --
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
Roedl scored 20 points,
knocking down 6-of-10 three-point attempts, and
has sparked the Comets down the stretch in
PC struggles early but
nails at least tie for title
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
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
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
Palomar moved to within one victory of a
20-win regular season Friday evening,
downing San Diego City College 73-57 at The
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Comets win big again 95-75, in 2-way tie for 1st
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
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 straioght 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Dejuan Ervin scores in transition. RIGHT:
Nate Coleman rejects a
MiraCosta shot. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
IVC overcomes big games by Vaz, Ervin, Roedl
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
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
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
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
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
Dejuan Ervin (17
points), Chauncy Sirles (13), Calvin
Smith (12) and Joe Vaz (11) scored
in double figures for Palomar. Vaz had 6
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
rebounds. Glen Gaines pulled down 8
rebounds, Calvin Smith 7. Gaines dished off 6 assists.
NOV. 10 -- Palomar 80, Los Angeles
Trade Tech 68:
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.