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COC men's basketball: Cougars fall short of 2nd

Bakersfield College holds off COC

Posted: February 6, 2010 10:59 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The College of the Canyons men's basketball team lost to Bakersfield College 82-75 on Saturday, missing its chance to take second place in the Western State Conference, South Division.

In a fast-paced and physical game, Bakersfield got the better of the Cougars, using fullcourt pressure to cause 32 turnovers by COC.

"They did that the whole game, and we didn't take care of the basketball," said COC head coach Howard Fisher.

The teams traded baskets for most of the game, and the score was tied seven times in the first half.

With 47 seconds left in the half, COC's Brian Kimble was fouled driving to the basket, made the layup and drained a free throw to put the Cougars (13-11, 4-4) ahead 35-33.

Bakersfield point guard Ricky Wofford made a free throw to come within one at 35-34, but Kimble sunk two more from the free-throw line to end the half with a 37-34 Cougar lead.

Bakersfield (20-5, 6-3) started the second half with a 9-2 run to go ahead 43-39, but the Cougars were soon back on the Renegades' heels after Brannon Bradley made a layup to come within two points at 45-43 at the 16:40 mark.

Nick Markovich gave Bakersfield a 10-point lead - its biggest of the game - when he hit a 3-pointer with 14:10 left in the game.

The Cougars battled back and again got within three points, when Bakersfield's Chase Adams was ejected after a scuffle resulting from a Cougar double-team. The flagrant foul gave the Cougars two free throws, but Kimble missed both.

Rendon Dominguez brought the Cougars within one point at 69-68, when he was fouled on a layup and converted for the 3-point play with just three minutes left. COC came within one again at 73-72 at the 1:46 mark, but couldn't go ahead.

Bakersfield made crucial free throws in the last minute.

"At halftime, we addressed the fact that we weren't getting the tempo we wanted," said Bakersfield head coach Rich Hughes. "We were able to get some steals, get the lead and hold onto it."

Bradley led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Kimble with 20 points.

Skyler Vaden scored 16 points for Bakersfield and Bobby Fisher chipped in 13.


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