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2014-15 Season


Deven Riley (20), shown in Palomar's 69-52 victory over Orange Coast last week, and the Comets will begin play in the 10th Annual Palomar College Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets try to go 4-1 as 3-day tourney opens

SAN MARCOS (11-27-2014) -- Palomar will try to go 4-1 to begin the men's basketball season on Friday at 7 p.m. when the Comets play the St. Katherine University 'B' team in the feature game of the 10th Annual Palomar College Thanksgiving Tournament at The Dome.

Other first-round games Friday in the eight team, three-day tournament will match Los Angeles Trade Tech vs. San Diego Miramar at 1 p.m., Saddleback vs. Los Angeles Harbor at 3 p.m. and Los Angeles Southwest vs. Southwestern at 5 p.m.

If the Comets beat the Firebirds, they'll face the L.A. Southwest-Southwestern winner on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals. The Palomar-St. Katherine loser will play at 3 p.m. Saturday against the L.A. Southwest-Southwestern loser.

The tournament will conclude on Sunday with the championship game at 5 p.m.

The Comets will be attempting to win their own tournament for the first time. They advanced to the finals two years ago, losing to defending state community college champion Fresno City College.

Previous tournament winners have been the San Diego All-Stars in 2005, Saddleback (2006), Mt. San Jacinto (2007), Arizona Western (2008), College of the Desert (2009), Mt. San Jacinto (2010), Mt. San Jacinto (2001), Fresno (2012) and Saddleback (2013).

ABOVE: Palomar's Ryan Schaefer (No. 3) was fouled by Orange Coast's Michael Niezner on this play. He made both free throws to put the Comets up 43-29 with 15:23 left in the game. BELOW: After the Pirates got to within six points, Matt Duniphan (21) puts Palomar in front by 10 with 5:14 remaining as the Comets went on to win by 17 points. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets power past Pirates by 17 in home debut

SAN MARCOS (11-19-2014) -- Palomar rocked non-conference opponent Orange Coast 69-52 in its home opener on Thursday night at The Dome, showing signs along the way of what coach John O'Neill feels could wind up being a very good men's basketball team.

The Comets (3-1) sprinted out to a 37-21 halftime lead behind the floor play of freshman guard Ryan Schaefer out of Temecula Valley High School. They let Orange Coast close to six points to get back in the game, then dropped the hammer on the Pirates down the stretch as Matt Duniphan, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman forward from Escondido High School dominated the visitors physically inside.

Duniphan, coming off the bench, grabbed eight of his game-high 10 rebounds down the stretch and scored all eight of his points in the second half by making 4-of-5 of his attempts from the field and was a physical force near the basket the entire time.

Palomar put four players in double figures -- James Sampson with 13 points thanks to a 6-for-6 night from the free throw line, Schaefer with 12, Deven Riley with 11 including a thunderous dunk and Jeremy Franklin with 10.

Schaefer went 3-for-5 from the field, 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and 4-for-4 from the line, but his real value was defensively and controlling the basketball. Sampson dished off four assists. Riley contributed four blocks.

Brad Buchignani had 10 points for Orange Coast.

Palomar beats Pasadena for 3rd at Ventura

VENTURA (11-08-2014) -- Jeremy Franklin (left) scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made the all-tournament team on Saturday as the Palomar men's basketball team defeated Pasadena City College 73-68 for third place in the We Play Hard Tournament at Ventura College.

James Sampson had 13 points and nine assists for the Comets.

The host Pirates overcame a Palomar lead to down the Comets 66-61 in the championship semifinals on Friday night, after coach John O'Neill's squad won by 15 points over Santa Barbara City College on Thursday.

Sampson added 13 points and six assists in the Ventura game. Deven Riley (above right)contributed 12 points.

PC rolls in opener; double-double for Franklin

VENTURA (11-06-2014) -- Led by a double-double by returning All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division first-team all-conference selection Jeremy Franklin (left), Palomar tipped off its men's basketball season Thursday with a dominating victory.

The Comets defeated Santa Barbara City College 75-60 behind Franklin's 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first round of the eight-team We Play Hard Tournament at Ventura College's Athletic Event Center.

James Sampson (right), another returnee who was making his first start at point guard, contributed 16 points and seven assists in the win. Redshirt freshman Chris Sorapuru had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The victory puts Palomar into the championship semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. against tournament favorite Ventura, the tournament host. The Pirates won Thursday's late game from Los Angeles Valley 86-76.

Palomar product Chris Gorman (No. 3) celebrates after he led Vanguard University to a 70-65 win over Emmanual College of Franklin Springs, Georgia in last season's NAIA national championship game in Kansas City. -- Courtesy photo

PC alum Gorman back at NAIA champ Vanguard

SAN MARCOS  (10-24-2014) -- Former Palomar standout  Chris Gorman, the star of the Lions' 70-65 victory over Emmanuel College of Franklin Springs, Georgia in last season's NAIA national championship game at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, returns as a senior for the Lions.

Gorman had 18 points and five rebounds in the national championship game and was selected to the all-tournament team.

Gorman averaged 15.6 points last season as Vanguard's second-leading scorer, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as the Lions went 32-6.

Player Previous Teams 4-YEAR TEAM
Joe Vaz Rancho Buena Vista HS, Palomar College of Idaho
Calvin Smith Glendora HS, Palomar Sonoma State University
Chris Gorman El Camino HS, Palomar Vanguard University
Aaron Roedl Great Oak HS, Palomar Point Loma Nazarene University


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