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Woes of Being Winless Continue

Posted: January 31, 2008 5:48 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2008 2:02 a.m.

College of the Canyons' Jason Holzwarth (12) eyes the court for an open teammate as Glendale's Jose Garcia (21) tries to block his pass Wednesday at COC.

The College of the Canyons men's basketball team lost to Glendale 76-60 Wednesday giving the Cougars their seventh straight loss and sixth straight conference loss.

The Cougars (6-16, 0-6) remain at the bottom of the standings (seventh place) in the Western State Conference in what head coach Howard Fisher calls a tough conference.
"Our conference is the best in the state this year," Fisher said. "Top to bottom."
Glendale (14-11, 3-3) moved to .500 with the win and is currently in sixth place.
The Cougars built their lead to as much as seven points. A three-pointer by Gerardo Zuniga put the Cougars up 32-25 with less than four minutes to play in the first half.
Unfortunately for Canyons, that basket was the last of the half for them.
Glendale's Wilson Bibleheimer and Dyston Madsen scored four points each and led the Vaqueros on a 14-0 run to end the first half with a 39-32 lead.
"We tried to keep some guys out of foul trouble," Fisher said in reference to the first-half finish.
Markus Monroe finished with 11 points in the first half for Glendale and Madsen added 10 of his own.
The Cougars' Jason Holzawarth led the team in scoring in the first half with eight points and Zuniga had seven.
Canyons battled back in the second half.
Down 46-36 with 17 minutes left in the game, the Cougars started a run of their own. The run started with an offensive rebound by Brian Kimble who dumped it underneath to Donjav Kakonde for an easy basket. The run was capped off by an open 3-point shot by Zuniga that brought the Cougars to within one at 46-45 with 14:27 left in the game.
That was the closest Canyons would get as the Vaqueros scored the next five points before taking a commanding lead of 60-47 with just over 10:47 left to play.
COC made one final push. A Justin Smith offensive rebound and follow up cut the Glendale lead, making it 66-58 with 4:10 left to play.
Glendale managed to hold on scoring 10 of the last 12 points in the game.
In the second half we couldn't finish second opportunities," Zuniga said. "We saw that we were down and we started rushing."
Zuniga finished the game with 15 points, and Smith added 10 of his own. Smith grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and finished with six assists and two steals.
Madsen (23) and Bibleheimer (21) led Glendale in scoring.
The Cougars struggled from the field shooting 23-for-73.
"We had open looks," Zuniga said. "They just weren't falling for us."
COC will have another chance to end tits losing streak when the Cougars face Citrus College Saturday.


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