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Cubs Invited To State Basketball Tournament

February 26, 2008

The Cubs have officially accepted an invitation to compete in the 2008 California Community College Men’s Basketball State Tournament which begins this week.

The Cubs will face 8th ranked Riverside Community College (25-7) this Friday at home in The Gym with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.

By virtue of winning their final two South Coast Conference games against Pasadena City College and East Los Angeles College, the 15th ranked Cubs (24-8, 7-3) clinched a tie for second place in the SCC-North with Compton College and was awarded an “8” seed that guaranteed at least one home game in the southern California regionals.

LA City’s strength of schedule and other criteria qualified the Cubs for a First Round Bye. Opening round games are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Other teams in the Cubs bracket include No. 1 ranked Citrus College, El Camino, and Pacific Coast Conference champion Imperial Valley.

LA City 92 @ Pasadena City College 73
AWAY - Wed. Feb. 20

Freshman guard Branden Fisher led all scorers with 29 points, including 9-for-10 from the floor, 5-for-6 from beyond the three-point arc, and 6-for-6 at the charity stripe. Freshman center Travis George added 15 points and five blocked shots. Sophomore forward Diego Belizario scored eight points while hauling down 11 rebounds.

The Cubs lead by nine points at half time, 42-33, before building a second half margin that was as high as 20 points with 10 minutes remaining.

LA City 72 @ East Los Angeles 62
AWAY - Fri. Feb. 22

After a sluggish start, the Cubs awakened and dampened any Husky upset hopes in completing their regular season with their 24th overall victory.

ELAC played tough early in the game while only spotting the Cubs a six-point lead at half time, 26-20. The Cubs didn’t get past their six point lead until 6:01 remained in the contest. Regardless, the victory assured the Cubs of second place in the South Coast Conference and an anticipated invitation to the California State Basketball Tournament.

Fisher again led the Cub parade with 20 points. Fellow freshman guard Scott Sterling chipped in 14 points. Belizario was a dominant force again in the low post in snatching 19 rebounds.