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Gorman helps lead Vanguard to NAIA title

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KANSAS CITY, MO (3/25/2014) --
Chris Gorman, an all-conference selection at Palomar during the 2011-12 season, radically changed his appearance after he transferred to Vanguard University.

But Gorman retained his basketball skills and helped lead the Lions to the NAIA Division I national championship on Tuesday night.

Gorman, Vanguard's second-leading season scorer as a junior guard this season, scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Lions won the national title with a 70-65 victory over Emmanuel College of Franklin Springs, GA at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Gorman, an El Camino High School product, averaged 20.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists playing for coach John O'Neill as a freshman for the Comets two years ago. The All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection and Palomar captain transferred to Vanguard prior to the 2012-13 season and, this season, averaged 15.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as the Lions went 32-6.

He was one of two Vanguard players selected to the all-tournament team in Kansas City.  The Lions' other starting guard, Spokane Community College product Preston Wynne, scored 20 points in the championship game and was named national tournament MVP.

Vanguard becomes only the third California college to win the NAIA national title. Chet DeVore, the late Pacific Coast Athletic Conference commissioner, helped lead San Diego State, then an NAIA member, to a 36-32 victory over Murray State of Kentucky in the 1940-41 national title game at Municipal Auditorium. Concordia University of Irvine won the 2003-04 national championship by beating Mountain State University of West Virginia, which has since closed its doors, 88-84 in overtime. Concordia also won the 2011-12 championship with a 72-69 victory over Oklahoma Baptist.

Jones is 1st team; Franklin, Roedl 2nd-team

SAN DIEGO (2-24-2014) -- Palomar guard Derick Jones, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from El Camino High School, has been voted to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North first team.

The team was selected by the Northern Division coaches.

Two Comets were selected to the second team, 6-foot-6 freshman forward Jeremy Franklin from Escondido High School and 6-fooit-2 sophomore guard Aaron Roedl from Great Oak High in Temecula.

Marley Simmons, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard from Morse High School, was awarded honorable mention.

University of Oregon-bound Dwight Benjamin from division co-champion Mt. San Jacinto was named Player of the Year. Th

e Eagles' Patrick Spring shared Coach of the Year honors with Doug Weber of the other co-champion, Grossmont.

PHOTO: All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division selection Derick Jones (No. 4) -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets end year by hammering rival Spartans

SAN MARCOS (2-21-2014) -- The Palomar men's basketball squad ended an up-and-down season on Friday night by beating down visiting North County rival MiraCosta for the second time 74-65 in a game that was much more one-sided than the final score would indicate.

It was a bittersweet evening as Comets said good-bye to sophomore starters Derick Jones, Aaron Roedl, Marley Simmons and Josiah Dennis, who all played on last years Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship team that wound up two wins away from the CCCAA State Four.

The Comets' domination of the Spartans was never in jeopardy as they jumped out to a 30-9 lead and continued on to their 11th victory on Coaches vs. Cancer Night at The Dome..

Simmons scored seven of Palomar's first nine points to forge an early 9-2 lead. Then Travis Stevens came off the bench to bury two big 3-point shots as the Comets stretched a 15-point lead to 21 points and reached the 30-point mark just 10 minutes, 12 seconds into the game.

They couldn't maintain that red-hot intensity all evening long, and MiraCosta actually went on a 9-0 run at one juncture in the first half to close to within 40-28 at intermission.

The Spartans hung around for part of the second half. But the Comets answered by making four straight 3-pointers, three by Jones and one by Roedl, as they kept the visitors from ever getting within range. Palomar scored its last eight points on free throws in the final 2:21 as MiraCosta frantically fouled the Comets. Dennis cointributed the final  three points in the final 56 seconds.

Jones led all scorers  with 15 points and Simmons scored 12 points. James Sampson added  nine points, and Roedl, Jeremy Franklin and Stevens added eight points apiece. Jon Viles led MiraCosta with 11 points.

PHOTOS: Derick Jones (above left), Marley Simmons (above right)

ABOVE: Aaron Roedl (24) was knocked down on this shot attempt as both he and the ball went flying in the second half Friday. There was no call on the play. BELOW: Derick Jones, who scored a game-high 28 points, unsuccessfully tries to score on Grossmont's Tim Patrick. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC closes to 1 point in final seconds but loses

SAN MARCOS (2-19-2013) -- Palomar came oh-so-close to upsetting visiting Grossmont on Wednesday night, coming from 12 points down in the second half to pull to within one point at 68-67 with 41 seconds to left in the game on a 3-pointer by Derick Jones.

But the Griffins, who got free throws from Mark Ogden and Tyson Kygar in the closing seconds, held on to win by three and will host state No.2-ranked Mt. San Jacinto on Friday with a chance to tie the Eagles for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship.

While the Comets and Griffs were squaring off Wednesday at The Dome, Mt. San Jacinto was clinching no worse than a title tie by beating San Diego Miramar 86-62.

Grossmont led Palomar 37-29 at the half, but the Comets came back in the second half and went on an 8-2 run to tie it up 39-39 on a 3-pointer by Aaron Roedl with 16:49 left in the game.

The Griffins responded with a 12-0 run over the next 4 minutes, 47 seconds to go on top 51-39. But back came the Comets, who had taken Grossmont to three overtimes in the first round of conference before finally losing 98-97.

But the G-House won it by making their free throws down the stretch. The Griffins' final 12 ponts came from the free throw line, and Grossmont was 29-for-39 from the line for the game while Palomar was14-28 from the line. The Comets outscored the Griffins from the field 53-41.

Jones took game scoring honors with 28 points. Ogden led the Griffins for 20.

Jeremy Franklin joined Jones in double figures for the Comets with 18 points.

Palomar will close out the season by hosting rival MiraCosta at The Dome on Friday at 5 p.m. in the first game of the Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader. Palomar's women's team will play San Diego Mesa at 7 p.m. in the second game.

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Comets jump out in front early only to lose

IMPERIAL (2-14-2014) --
Aaron Roedl staked Palomar to an early 6-1 lead, and the Comets led host Imperial Valley 10-3 after just 2 minutes and 49 seconds inf their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game at the DePeoli Sports Complex.

But the Arabs battled back to go in front by three points at halftime, then took control of the game in the final minutes to beat the Comets 65-60 in Palomar's final road game of the season.

Roedl canned a picture-perfect 3-pointer as the shot-clock buzzer went off to put Palomar in front 3-0 with 54 seconds elapsed in the game. He tacked on three free throws after being knocked to the floor by IVC's Miles Hamilton on another 3-point attempt, putting the Comets up by six points.

But, after baskets by Marley Simmons and Josiah Dennis extended its lead to seven points, Palomar was never quite able to get back in sync again the rest of the night.

IVC came right back to tie the game at 12-12 and outplayed the Comets the remainder of the game as the Arabs seemingly could not miss from behind the 3-point arc. Imperial Valley drained nine 3-pointers in the first half and 12 for the game. The Arabs also dominated play on the boards and frustrated Palomar 's with a swarming zone defense.

IVC was on top 39-36 at halftime and, even though Palomar tied it up on Jeremy Franklin's layup early in the second half and then went back in front, the Arabs slowly took command for good. Imperial Valley scored its last 10 points from the free throw line as the Comets were forced to foul.

Melvin Cook, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, led IVC with 18 points. For the Comets, Derick Jones (12 points), Franklin (11 points) and Roedl (10 points, seven rebounds) scored in double figures.

PHOTO: Aaron Roedl (above left)

State No. 2-ranked Eagles outscore Palomar

SAN JACINTO (2-12-2014) -- Host Mt. San Jacinto gave Palomar an up-close and personal look at why it's ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 2 in the state Wednesday night, breaking the Comets' four-game winning streak in the process.

Led by 6-foot-6 University of Oregon-bound Dwayne Benjamin, who dunked four times en route to a 26-point performance, the Eagles won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division match-up 98-77 before a loud and appreciative crowd at the Mt. San Jacinto gym.

The Comets, who got 26 points from freshman forward Jeremy Franklin, 12 from Josiah Dennis and 11 from Aaron Roedl, battled the Eagles toe-to-toe for the entire 40 minutes, but simply couldn't match-up with their first-year PCAC opponent either height-wise or talent-wise.

Palomar led early 2-0 after a Franklin layup and 5-4 after a Franklin 3-pointer, never led after Dejuan Smith's bucket put Mt. San Jacinto in front for good 6-5. The Eagles led by as many as 29 points early in the second half, but the Comets would not back down and eventually pulled to within 19 points at 88-69 on Roedl's 3-point basket with just under 4 minutes to play.

Roedl scored all of his points, and all three of his 3-pointers, in the second half.

The Comets also got eight points from Derick Jones and seven from Tucker Corbin, who saw his most extensive playing time of the season off the bench. They also received a thundering dunk from Franklin as they continued to battle the Eagles until the final buzzer.

Mt. San Jacinto ran its overall record to 21-3, its conference record to 5-0 and its win streak to 14 games. The No. 2 Eagles are ranked only behind No. 1-ranked City College of San Francisco in the state.

The Comets will travel to Imperial Valley for a PCAC cross-division game Friday night, then will close the season with Northern Division match-ups against Grossmont next Wednesday and MiraCosta next Friday, both at The Dome. Coach John O'Neill's squad is trying to finish its Northern Division season with a 4-4 record.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Franklin (above left), Tucker Corbin (above right)

Comets rock Jets' world for 4th straight victory

SAN DIEGO (2-07-2014) -- Palomar's men's basketball squad remained on a late-season roll on Friday evening, returning to Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern division play with a 72-38 rout of host San Diego Miramar.

Four Comets scored in double figures, led by Jeremy Franklin with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Roedl scored 14 points as he drained 4-of-6 3-pointers. Derick Jones (10 points, 7 assists, 7 steals) and Marley Simmons (10 points, 4 steals) also had big games.

Palomar played lock-down defense, limiting Miramar to 30 percent shooting. The Comets led 40-20 at halftime, then outscored the Jets in the second half 32-18.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Franklin (left), Marley Simmons (right)

Comets jump out to big lead, win 3rd in row

SAN DIEGO (2-05-2014) -- Palomar jumped out to a big early lead and continued on to down host San Diego Mesa 87-73 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division men's basketball game on Friday evening.

Jeremy Franklin led the way with 25 points. He also contributed seven rebounds.

The Comets, from the Northern Division, had their way with the last-place team from the Southern Division from wire to wire. They led by 31-18 midway through the first half and were up by as many as 18 points before taking a 53-41 lead in at intermission.

Before it was over, Palomar spent most of the closing minutes working on its slow-down, four-corner offense.

Derick Jones (18 points, six assists), James Sampson (15 points, six rebounds, five on the defensive board) and Aaron Roedl (13 points) joined Franklin in double figures.

In a 54-second spurt ending at the 10:37 mark in the first half, Roedl buried two of his three 3-pointers and outscored the Olympians by himself 9-2.

Devin Fountain added seven rebounds, and Braxton Smith had six rebounds, six of them on the offensive board.

Darreon Tolliver led Mesa with 22 points.

The Comets will resume Northern Division action on Friday night when they travel to San Diego Miramar for a 7 p.m. game.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Franklin (left), Derick Jones (right)

Comets finish 2-0 week by beating Jaguars

SAN MARCOS (1-31-2014) -- The Palomar men's basketball team finished a 2-win, 0-loss week on Friday night at The Dome, turning back Southwestern 56-52 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game that featured 22 lead changes.

The Comets' Derick Jones shared the game scoring lead with the Jaguars' Shawn Latham with 14 points. And, with Palomar leading 53-52 with less than a minute to play, Jones cemented the victory by making three free throws down the stretch.

Braxton Smith joined Jones in double figures for the Comets with 10 points. Jeremy Franklin and Aaron Roedl combined for all 16 of their combined points in the second half (eight points by each of them) as Palomar overcame a 24-22 deficit at intermission.

Both teams had a cold night shooting, and Palomar overcame a 8-minute, 56-second scoreless drought that started midway through the first half and lasted until late in the half, when Franklin hit a basket.

As the clock wound down in the second half, Roedl broke a 47-47 tie with 2:19 showing on the clock when he canned his second 3-pointer of the night. Palomar led the rest of the way, tacking on a free throw by Franklin, two free throws by Smith and Jones' three late free throws.

PHOTOS: Derick Jones (above left); Braxton Smith (above right)

ABOVE: Aaron Roed knocks down a 35-foot 3-point shot at the buzzer on Wednesday night at The Dome to lift Palomar past visiting San Diego City College 79-77. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Roedl, who scored 27 points to lead the Comets

Roedl's 3-pointer at buzzer lifts PC to upset

SAN MARCOS (1-29-2014) -- Aaron Roedl buried an NBA-range 3-pointer from 35 feet out at the buzzer on Wednesday night to gave Palomar a wild 79-77 upset victory over Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Southern Division leader San Diego City College at The Dome.

Roedl led both teams in the cross-division matchup with 27 points. The 6-foot-2 guard knocked down four 3-pointers and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line. He scored 21 of his points and all of his free throws in the second half.

Roedl took the game over down the stretch. The sophomore from Temecula's Great Oak High School scored 11 of the Comets' final 14 points over the game's last 3 minutes and 56 seconds. He accounted for 14 of Palomar's last 20 points.

The Comets, down 77-76, took their final timeout with 2.8 seconds left, after a rebound by Jeremy Franklin. When play resumed, James Sampson threw the ball in from the baseline beneath the City College basket, hitting Franklin breaking down the floor near mid-court. Franklin relayed the ball to Roedl on the left side of the court. And, with a City College defender in his face, Roedl knocked in the game-winner.

Palomar, playing out of the PCAC's Northern Division, had taken a 40-38 halftime lead behind seven points each from Marley Simmons, Sampson and Derick Jones and six apiece from Roedl and Franklin. Palomar was up by 6-4 early. But San Diego immediately re-took the lead and led until Simmons put the Comets in front again by canning a 3-pointer with 7:32 remaining before intermission.

City College took the lead back early in the second half and was on top by as many as seven points behind the play of Ivan Kuklin, an athletic 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward from Moscow, Russia. Kulkin scored 12 of his 14 points in the game's final 16 minutes.

But the Comets refused to go away. The 5-foot-11 Simmons cleaned the boards with key rebounds three times in the second half against the bigger Knights and also had a crucial steal as the clock ticked down.

Palomar hosts Southwestern in another cross-division game on Friday at 6 p.m. in The Dome.

Colorado transfer, teammates deflate Palomar

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (1-24-2014) -- Shane Dillon's long and windy road from Christian High School in El Cajon to the University of Colorado football team to the Cuyamaca College basketball team ended badly for Palomar on Friday evening.

The multi-talented 6-foot-6 Dillon, a highly-recruited Division I quarterback and forward prospect, chose football over basketball out of Christian and picked Colorado over Ohio State, Miami and Florida for the former sport. He arrived in Boulder, CO in the fall of 2012 considered to be a slam-dunk to be coronated as the Pac-12 Buffaloes' starter at QB as a true freshman.

The Colorado coaching staff, with their jobs reportedly on the line, bet the farm the incredibly highly-touted 19-year-old from a 300-student high school would save their futures.

But Dillon missed 2012 due to an injury and, after the staff that recruited him was fired following an 1-11 season, he flamed out in spring drills under a new staff. Dillon was badly beaten out by two returnees prior to what would have become his redshirt freshman 2013 campaign and announced this past July he would transfer to the University of San Diego and give up football in favor of his other big sport, basketball.

But when that also fell through, maybe because it turned out USD could not free a scholarship for him on such short notice and maybe not, he instead switched gears again and enrolled at Cuyamaca.

On Friday, the whole reality-show circus landed on the upsuspecting Comets' collective heads as they arrived at Cuyamaca's gym fresh from a victory over North County rival MiraCosta on Wednesday in Oceanside.

Dillon scored 26 points, dominating play against the shorter Comets inside, creating havoc defensively and burying a pair of 3-pointers and a handful of jumpers from outside as he led the Coyotes' best team in decades to a 72-56 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division victory.

Cuyamaca, the second-place team in the conference's Southern Division, jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, was up by 18 points in the first half and led 36-28 at halftime. Palomar battled back to begin the second half, briefly took its only lead of the night 44-43 with 10:51 remaining in the game on a Derick Jones basket, then faded and got rocked by Dillon and his teammates the remainder of the game.

Dillon scored 15 of his 26 points after intermission and it didn't help that the Coyotes converted 18-of-20 second half free throws as they drew away to win by 16 points.

Unable to achieve much success inside and beaten soundly on the boards, the Comets turned almost entirely to their 3-point game. But that didn't work out well either.

And they never were able to equal, or even approach, the intensity level they demonstrated vs. MiraCosta.

Dillon says he plans to be re-recruited in D-I basketball, probably by someone other than USD. PCAC Northern Division member Palomar, meanwhile, goes back to the drawing boards to prepare for Southern Division leader San Diego City College in another cross-division match-up next Wednesday night at The Dome.

Jeremy Franklin led the Comets with 17 points. Jones added 12 points.

PHOTOS: Cuyamnaca's Shane Dillon (above left); Palomar's Jeremy Franklin (above right)

ABOVE: Jeremy Franklin scores for Palomar with 9:36 left in the first half, putting the Comets in front 21-9. BELOW: Derick Jones, who led Palomar with 20 points, controls the ball -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets go on road and rock rival Spartans

OCEANSIDE (1-22-2014) -- The Palomar men's basketball team rolled into town on Wednesday night, opened up a 20-point lead and continued on to a 71-63 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division victory over Highway 78 rival MiraCosta.

The Comets jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes and was in control from wire-to-wire. The Spartans, trailing 37-20 at the half vs. a suffocating Palomar defense, made a run at the Comets in the second half but could only get as close as six points.

Palomar guard Derick Jones led both teams in scoring with 20 points, including an 8-for-9 evening from the free throw line, all in the second half to keep the Comets in control of the game.

Jeremy Franklin contributed a double-double with 13 points and 10 reb ounds. Josiah Dennis scored 10 points. Devin Fountain added 10 rebounds.

The Comets denied MiraCosta's 7-foot-1 center, Geoffrey Frid, the ball in the first half. Frid had only two points in the first half and finished with 12 points, five as the clock wound down in the second half after the game had been decided.

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PC drops heartbreaker to G-House in triple OT

EL CAJON (1-17-2014) -- Derick Jones (left) pumped in 27 points on Friday night and Palomar dug deep to give Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North men's basketball co-leader Grossmont the battle of its life.

But the Griffins finally turned back the Comets 98-97 in triple overtime.

The Griffs advanced to 3-0 in conference and next draw state No.5-ranked Mt. San Jacinto on the road.

The Eagles also moved to 3-0 Friday, defeating San Diego Miramar 79-54. The winner of next Wenesday's Grossmont-Mt. San Jacinto match-up will lead the North by itself at the midway point of the abbreviated eight-game division schedule.

The Comets, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 in the division -- but not without putting up a god-awful battle.against a bigger opponent, which scored 10 of its points for the night on dunks.

Palomar trailed by two points when the buzzer at the end of regulation play sounded -- but the game wasn't over. Josiah Dennis' long 3-point attempted buzzer-beater sailed off the mark when he was fouled by a Grossmont defender.

With an opportunity to win the game by making three free throws, Dennis converted the first attempt but his second attempt went in and out of the basket. He dropped in his third try and the teams went to overtime tied at 68,

Aaron Roedl hit a 3-pointer to put Palomar in front in the overtime 73-72. Grossmont, however, regained the lead by two but the Comets' Jeremy Franklin drove to the bucket to score with 26 seconds showing on the clock.

And the two teams went to the second OT deadlocked again, thie time at 75.

Roedl took control early in the second overtime by scoring the Comets' first six points on another 3-pointer and three free throws. This time, though, the Griffins' Mark Ogden (35 points, 18 rebounds, 13-for-14 from the line) made two free throws with 3 seconds remaining.

Jones then was fouled on a 3-pointer and dropped in three straight foul shots. The teams went to the third OT with the score even again at 86-86.

Jones tallied five more points in overtime No. 3. But Grossmont edged back out to a two-point advantage and held on to win by one.

Roedl scored 11 of his 12 points in the three overtimes. James Sampson also scored 12, and Marley Simmons added 11 points. Travis Stevens and Simmons each knocked down two crucial 3-pointers.

Jones and Sampson each passed off for four assists. Simmons, one of the shortest players on the floor, an Franklin had six rebounds apiece. But the bigger Griffins outrebound the Comets 48-35.

Mark Kygar tallied 24 points for Grossmont.

Palomar's Aaron Roedl, shown against San Diego Miramar last Wednesay, is the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar guard Roedl honored by conference

SAN DIEGO (1-13-2014) -- Palomar basketball player Aaron Roedl has been selected as Men's Athlete of the Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Roedl, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Great Oak High School in Temecula, knocked down six 3-pointers and scored 22 points on Wednesday in the Comets' 68-66 men's loss at The Dome to San Diego Miramar.

He pulled Palomar to within two points on a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining, then missed a 3-pointer that wol have won the game at the buzzer.

ABOVE: Palomar's Josiah Dennis makes a twisting unsuccessful attempt to score over Mt. San Jacinto's Levon Harper on Friday night at The Dome.

State No. 7 Eagles draw away late to win by 10

SAN MARCOS (1-10-2013) -- Trailing 57-54 after a basket by Derick Jones with just under four mintues to play, Palomar went scoreless the rest of the way an droppe a 64-54 Pacific Coast Conference North men's basketball ecision to state No. 7 ranke Mt. San Jacinto on Friay night at The Dome.

With Jones (left) getting all of his 20 points in the second half, the Comets gave the Eagles everything they could handle but fell victim to Mt. San Jac's height, quickness and athleticism -- and to their own mistakes.

On a night the visiting Eagles got double-figure scoring from Dwayne Benjamin, Danny Hopkins and Dajuan Smith and early University of Oregon signee Benjamin scored over the Comets on three backboard-rattling dunks, Palomar made just enough misfires and turnovers to do itself in.

Encountering problems scoring against The Dome's strange shooting background, Mt. San Jac (12-3, 1-0 in conference) managed only two points in the game's first six minutes, then got its transition game untracked. But every time the Eagles started pulling away, the Comets came back -- until the closing minutes.

Palomar did not shoot well against the shot-blocking visitors, saw its 3-point shooting attack pretty much go south and suffered through a strange hit-or-miss night at the free throw line.

Jeremy Franklin, who scored 12 points, was 5-for-5 from the line. Josiah Dennis, who tallied 10 points, went 8-for-10. And Jones made all four of his throw attempts.

But one of the other Comets went 0-for-7 from the line, includding a costly 0-for-6 in the second half.

Mt. San Jacinto led 27-23 at halftime, went on a run to start the second half, but were unable to shake the Comets -- until it counted at the end.

The Comets fall to 5-12, 0-2 in the new PCAC Northern Division.

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James Sampson scores fromjust inside the 3-point arc for Palomar in the first half of Friday night's PCAC opener against San Diego Miramar. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Roedl scores 22 but Comets can't hold lead

SAN MARCOS (1-08-2014) -- Aaron Roedl knocked down six 3-pointers and led both teams with 22 points on Wednesday night at The Dome. But visiting San Diego Miramar came from behind to spoil the defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Comets' conference opener 66-64.

Palomar had two opportunities to win the game in the closing seconds, but Roedl's 3-point attempt went in-and-out of the basket and, after a time out, his attempted 3-pointer at the buzzer also missed.

Roedl's 13 first-half points staked the Comets to a 35-29 advantasge at intermission but the visiting Jets came out firing in the second half and took the lead.

Miramar was on top 61-56 with 2:20 to play after former Comet Cole Brewer made 2-of-3 free throws after he was fouled while following through on an unsuccesful 3-pointer. James Sampson, who sparked the Comets with eight points off the bench, then pulled Palomar back to within two with 1:59 remaining when he dropped in second 3-pointer of night.

Miramar extended its lead back to five points before Roedl hit his sixth 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, bringing Palomar back to within two again at 66-64.

The Comets then regained possession of the ball, setting the stage for the game's wild final moments.

Derick Jones also finished in double figures for the Comets with 11 points. Franklin added nine points.

The Comets will be back in action at The Dome on Friday when they host Mt. San Jacinto in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division game at 6 p.m. The Eagles will be making their PCAC debut after they daparted from the Foothill Conference over the summer.

The Eagles, who had a conference bye on Wednesday and blew past Rio Hondo 91-59 in a non-conference game, come into Friday's game 11-3 and are ranked No. 7 in the state and No. 3 in Southern California.


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