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Cubs Win Big Against Compton But Fall Short To Trade Tech

February 19, 2008

In a crucial game for play-off positioning, the No. 19 ranked Cubs (22-8, 5-3) came away with a convincing victory over visiting Compton College.

However, fate fell to the wayside in the following game against No. 1 ranked Los Angeles Trade Tech when the Cubs dropped a close, wire-to-wire game that literally wasn’t decided until the closing seconds of the contest. The week’s split left the Cubs needing to win its final two games of the regular season to secure a play-off berth.

LA City 79 v. Compton College 60
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The Cubs trailed the Tartars 7-0 after five minutes. Two minutes later found LA City beginning its surge as they only trailed 9-4 before putting together a scoring run that led to a 33-16 half time lead.

LACC opened the second half with a fury in scoring six consecutive points to take a commanding 39-to-16 lead. The Tartars attempted to close the margin and pulled to within 10 points midway through the second half before the Cubs maneuvered back into a comfortable 19-to-20 point lead for the final nine minutes of the contest.

Freshman Scott Sterling (Bronx Regional HS / NYC) led “City” scorers with 18 points. Guard Eric Nelson (So., Hamilton HS) added 15 points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Ricky Boyles (Washington Prep) powered his way to nine points and 11 rebounds.

6-8 sophomore forward Diego Belizario (Laurinburg Prep. / Sao Paulo Brazil) also added a power punch in scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds.

LA City 63 v. LA Trade Tech 68
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It was considered the marquee community college basketball game of the past week and the fans weren’t disappointed – that is, of course, unless you cheered for the Cubs.

The No. 1 ranked Trade Tech Beavers (23-3, 8-0) and the No. 19 Cubs engaged in arguably one of the most physical contests of the South Coast Conference season with the game literally undecided until its final 35-seconds.

Neither team could score during the first 2:22 minutes of the game before the Cub’s Nelson converted on one-of-two free throws to give LACC a 1-0 lead. LA City then took a 5-2 lead before the scoreboard see-saw took effect. LATT topped the scoreboard, 11-9, with 13 minutes left in the first half. LATT led by as much as seven points, 18-11, only minutes later before the Cubs recaptured the lead, 27-26, on a “dunk”by Boyles. “City” led 34-30 at the half.

Trade Tech opened the second half with a three-point basket by Imari Thomas to cut the Cub lead to one point, 34-33. LACC still maintained a lead until the 3:43 mark of the second half but never by more than eight points (47-39).

The score was tied 63-63 with less than one minute remaining. A pair of ill-timed missed shots by the Cubs led to two fast break dunks by LATT. That was the difference in the game.

A key statistic that hurt the Cubs was another poor night at the free throw line in shooting only 13-24. LATT was 18-26.