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Cubs Drop Two S.C.C. Games

January 29, 2008

LA City 77 at Compton College 81
Wed. Jan. 23

What began so well ended so poorly for the Cubs (17-7, 1-2) in their North Division South Coast Conference contest at Compton College on Wed., Jan. 23.

Although the Cubs dominated the boards, 54-to-37, poor free throw shooting (12-for-22, 54.5%) and 23 turnovers took their toll as donations to the Tartar cause. LA City’s half court defense proved effective in the first half as the Cubs took an eight point margin, 42-34, into the half time locker-room.

The second half found the Cubs less inspired than the hometown Tartars who burst past Cub defenders enroute to a 47-point second half.

Sophomore power forward Ricky Boyles (6-7, Washington Prep) was outstanding, however, in scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, and swatting a season high six blocked shots. Fellow sophomore forward Diego Belizario (6-8, Sao Paulo, Brazil) came away with 15 points and nine rebounds.

LA City 91 at Los Angeles Trade Tech 94
Fri. Jan. 25

Freshman guard Scott Sterling (Bronx Regional, NY) was spectacular with a season high 31 points but it was not enough to nudge the Cubs past No. 3-ranked Los Angeles Trade Tech.

Regardless, Sterling’s 23-point second half led the Cubs to one of the finest and most impressive come-from-behind efforts in LACC history – literally.

Tied at half-time, 41-41, the Cubs fell behind by as much as 23 points, 83-60, with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Then, a Cub awakening nearly disarmed the Trade Tech players and fans as the Cubs went on a 19-to-3 run to shorten the margin, 86-79. A three-point play off a made lay-up and free throw bonus from a foul by Sterling made the score 94-87 with 1:58 remaining.

The Cubs were within four, 94-90, with 0:50 seconds left. Sterling then scored another driving lay-up over three Trade Tech players to draw the Cubs to within two points, 96-94, with 0:18 seconds showing. Unfortunately, the Cubs ran out of time and LATT came away with a victory they savored but also felt was mostly the clock being one their biggest allies.

Freshman guard Branden Fisher (Genesis One, MS / Chicago) added 15 points. A frustrating post-game statistic for the Cubs was another game of poor free throw shooting. They were 15-for 22.