Riley is Men's Athlete of the Week in conference
Palomar basketball player Deven Riley has
been honored as Men's Athlete of the Week for
all sports for Feb. 16-27.
Riley, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard from Elsinore
High School, scored 23 points as Palomar began
the week with a 69-57 road win over Grossmont.
He came right back to score 26 points, including
16 points in the last 8:16 of regulation and in
overtime, to lead the Comets past rival
MiraCosta 67-62, also on the road. He played
lockdown defense in the game, holding the
Spartans' highly-regarded Buddah Boyd scoreless
in the first half and to three points on the
Riley's performance was pivotal as Palomar
wrapped on a tie for the PCAC Northern Division
championship with Mt. San Jacinto.
Women home to LBCC on
Saturday; Men out
SAN MARCOS (2-23-2015) --
Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
women's basketball championship team will host Long
Beach City College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Dome
in the second round of the CCCAA Southern California
The Comets (24-3) are seeded No.
5 in the playoffs, while the Vikings (17-10) are
seeded No. 12.
The Palomar men's team, which
tied for the PCAC Northern Division title, were left
out of the post-season.
Palomar hams it up with some of its loudest
supporters after its overtime win at MiraCosta on
Friday night that gave the Comets a tie with Mt. San
Jacinto for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
North men's basketball championship. -- Photo courtesy of Denise
Riley and Co. win in OT,
tie for conference title
Palomar's Deven Riley took over the game in
the late going Friday night and won a championship
for the Comets.
Riley, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard
from Elsinore High School, scored 16 of his
game-high 26 points in the last 8 minutes, 16
seconds of regulation and in overtime, as the Comets
tied Mt. San Jacinto for the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference North title with a 67-62 win on the road
Riley also hauled in seven
rebounds and played lock-down defense on the
Spartans' highly-touted Buddha Boyd, holding Boyd to
a season-low three points.
He had plenty of help from his
friends -- particularly Jeremy Franklin who
contributed 14 points and 20 rebounds, 18 on the
defensive board, and Matt Duniphan who also had a
double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Duniphan also took four charges.
Ryan Schaefer pulled down seven
defensive rebounds from his guard position, and
point guard James Sampson dished off six assists.
Palomar (15-12, 6-2) led 30-28 at
halftime, fell behind by nine in the second half,
pulled even at 45, then regained the lead and took
the game to overtime as Riley scored 10 of their
last 12 points in regulation. He tacked on four
points in the OT, while Sampson and Franklin each
had two points and Duniphan scored one.
The Comets, who outscored the
Spartans 9-3 in the overtime, split their two games
with Mt. San Jacinto, the other co-champion, which
turned back Grossmont 79-72 in its regular-season
finale Friday night. Palomar will find out its
post-season playoff fate after the Southern
California seeding meeting on Monday morning.
PC comes back to win, is 1
win from North title
CAJON (2-18-2015) --
Led by Deven Riley (left), Palomar rallied
from a six-point halftime deficit to win on the road
over Grossmont 69-57 on Wednesday. Just like the PC
women's team, the Comet men's basketball squad can
clinch at least a tie for a conference championship
by winning its final regular season game on Friday.
The Comets (14-12, 5-2) are still
tied for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
Northern Division lead with Mt. San Jacinto, which
snapped San Diego Miramar's three-game win streak
80-66 on Friday and is 21-7, 5-2.
A Palomar win at MiraCosta and a
Grossmont win at Mt. San Jacinto on Friday would
give the Comets the championship outright. But if
both Palomar and Mt. San Jac win, or they both lose,
the two teams will share the title.
Palomar roared back in the second
half, erasing a 32-26 halftime deficit and opening
up a 17-point lead on the G-House before finally
wining by 12.
Deven Riley ignited the Comets'
comeback, scoring 18 of his game-high 23 points in
the second half. Matt Duniphan (right), who was the
second-leading scorer for Palomar with14 points,
finally put the Comets in front for the first time
since early in the game when he converted two free
throws with 10:05 to play make it 40-39. The G-House
never pulled even again.
Ryan Schaefer (13 points) and
Jeremy Franklin (12 points) also scored in double
figures for Palomar. Franklin led both teams in
rebounding with nine, Duniphan had eight and
Schaefer and Riley each contributed six rebounds.
The Comets had a 34-24 advantage on the boards.
Shane Shelton led the Griffins
with 12 points.
Duniphan gets physical as
PC pounds Arabs
MARCOS (2-13-2015) --
Jeremy Franklin scored a typical 19 points.
James Sampson narrowly missed a triple-double with
12 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds.