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Cubs Lose To LA Southwest But Beat Mt. Sac In Conference Opener

January 22, 2008

LA City 74 at LA Southwest 83
Wed. Jan. 16

In a match-up between the South Coast Conference’s leading teams in their respective divisions, southern division power LA Southwest upended the Cubs (17-5, 1-0) on Wed., Jan. 16, at LA Southwest.

The game was much closer than the final score suggested. The first half was pure give-and-take with neither team establishing solid ground. A 35-foot three-point shot at the half time buzzer by freshman point guard Branden Fisher (Genesis Prep, Miss. / Chicago) gave LASW a five-point lead, 37-32.

Cub freshman forward Mundrell Young (Laurinburg Prep / Denver, CO) opened the second half with a three-point score. However, LASW answered with six consecutive points before extending their lead to 18 points with 10 minutes remaining. The Cubs denied more ground and battled back to within five points with 1:34 remaining.

Two questionable calls by one official against the Cubs put LASW at the free throw line twice in the final 70-seconds of the game. LASW converted on all four free throws to assure their victory.

Fisher led the Cubs with 18 points and seven assists. Young added 14 points, while sophomore power forward Diego Belizario (6-8, Sao Paulo, Brazil) came away with 13 points and eight rebounds.

LA City 89 v. Mt. San Antonio College 67
Fri. Jan. 18

Branden Fisher continued to lead the Cubs behind 19 points and five assists, and was one of six players to score in double figures as the Cubs won their SCC-North opener, 89-67, over visiting Mt. San Antonio College (8-10, 0-1).

“City” shot 59.3% from the floor and led virtually the entire game. The win pushed the Cubs into first place in the SCC North division in their quest for a 15th consecutive conference championship.

The lead was shared during the opening minutes before the Cubs sprinted into high gear. After Mt. SAC took a one point lead, 7-6, the Cubs battered the Mounties in every category to pull away for good. A free throw by freshman forward Travis George (Laurinburg Prep, NC / Boston, Mass.) gave LACC a 10-point lead at 25-15 with 9:13 left in the half.

Mt. SAC trailed by eight points, 31-23, until a long 3-pointer by Fisher with 3:20 left in the half. Then George laid in a soft dunk on an off-the-glass pass from Fisher to finish a play started by 6-2 sophomore guard Eric Nelson (Hamilton HS / Inglewood) to make it 41-27. After a free throw by Mt. SAC guard Julian Reyes, George scored on a driving lay-up late in the half to put LACC ahead, 43-28, at the break.

Mt. SAC trailed 45-32 in the second half when the Cubs exploded with a 14-0 run to take complete control of the game. A three-pointer by freshman guard James White (Jackson HS / Jackson, Miss.) made it 59-32. LA City led by at least 15 the rest of the game.

Besides Fisher, double-figure scorers for LA City included sophomore forward Ricky Boyles (16 pts on 8-for-8 shooting plus a game-high 11 rebs), George with 13 points and seven rebounds, Nelson (10 pts, 5 rebs, 6 assists), Young (10 pts), and frosh guard Scott Sterling with 10 points and four assists.