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
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.
The tournament will
conclude on Sunday with the championship game at 5
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).
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
Comets power past Pirates
by 17 in home debut
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
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
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.
Pasadena for 3rd at Ventura