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Cubs Win Three Straight At Home

February 5, 2008

LA City 83 v. Pasadena City College 72
Wed. Jan. 30

A final result of victory is the most important statistic, but this game was defined by one Cub stat – turnovers. In fact, a Cub season high 32 turnovers compared to a paltry nine turnovers for PCC was the pivotal cause that kept the Pasadena City College Lancers (3-17, 0-4 in division) within reach of LA City (20-7, 3-2).

Due to Cub turnovers, the Lancers generated 23 more shot attempts than LA City. Despite that advantage, PCC was held to 34 percent from the field while the Cubs pounded them on the boards, 66-31. Moreover, the Cubs horrid night at the free throw line (22-for-39) was still 12 points better than the Lancers (10-for-16). The bottom line is perceptions are not reality, and in this analysis the Cubs were clearly the defensive superior despite poor ball handling.

The Cubs sprinted to a 14 point lead midway thought he first half before PCC took advantage of 15 first half LACC turnovers to close the margin to four points at the half, 39-35.

PCC opened the second half with a 9-0 run to recapture a lead before the Cubs locked down on defense, and then scored 12 straight points with less than 10 minutes remaining to secure the win.

LA City 6-7 sophomore forward Ricky Boyles (Washington Prep) hauled down an LACC school-record 24 rebounds along with 22 points. Freshman guard Scott Sterling (Bronx Regional HS, NYC) also scored 22 points. Cub forwards Diego Belizario (6-8, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Travis George (6-9, Boston, MA) collected 10 rebounds apiece. George also had five blocked shots.

LA City 72 v. East Los Angeles College 58
Fri. Feb. 1

The Cubs sprinted to a 33-11 lead with 6:52 remaining in the first half and never looked back on the traveling Huskies.

Boyles led the Cubs again with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sterling was close behind with 12 points. George scored 10 points while grabbing eight rebounds. ELAC never seriously threatened the Cubs pursuit of their 19th win of the season.

LA City 80 v. Los Angeles College 47
Mon. Feb. 4

The Cubs took a commanding 39-18 half time lead that prevented LA Pierce from ever having the slightest chance of forging a come-from-behind effort. The victory notched the Cubs 20th win of the season.

Boyles, the South Coast Conference’s leading rebounder at 12.6 per game, was masterful in hauling down nine rebounds to complement his 17 points (8-for-14 from the field). Branden Fisher (Genesis Prep, MS / Chicago) also scored 17 points while passing for five assists. The Cubs took advantage of 21 Los Angeles Pierce turnovers to score 18 points compared to the Cubs 13 turnovers.