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COC men's basketball: COC ups the tempo

Cougars score season-high 100 points en route to second straight victory

Posted: January 15, 2011 10:45 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2011 10:45 p.m.

College of the Canyons’ Aleric Chapple, center, pulls down a rebound against Los Angeles Valley’s Alex Smith, left, and James Shipp, right, as Cougar Parker Dominguez looks on Saturday at COC. The Cougars won the game 100-81.

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This time, it was the offense that carried College of the Canyons men’s basketball.

Usually a defensive-minded squad, the Cougars took advantage of an up-tempo affair to beat Los Angeles Valley College 100-81 Saturday at COC.

It was the Cougars’ second straight Western State Conference win and its highest point total of the season, beating its previous high of 90 against Bakersfield on Dec. 4.

In the first three minutes of the game, L.A. Valley got off to a quick start, making its first five shots to take a 12-7 lead.
After that, the Cougars (10-9, 2-1) picked up pace and picked apart the Monarchs’ defense.

“We always run,” said COC forward Parker Dominguez. “That’s just how we play.”

The Hart High product scored 18 points, secured 12 rebounds and had six assists in the contest.

Within a few minutes, the Cougars closed the gap, and a 19-2 run helped them open a 38-23 advantage at the 2:40 mark of the first half.

That carried the Cougars to a 42-30 halftime lead, thanks to several easy layups created by heads-up passes made in transition.

“I think we just like to create opportunities for ourselves,” said COC head coach Howard Fisher of the easy points.
Cougars guard Rafael Love led with 25 points on a 9-of-12 shooting performance. The Cougars shot 59 percent for the game and five different players made it to double figures.

Despite the hot start, the Monarchs (8-10, 1-3) settled down to 41 percent from the field.

Early in the second half, L.A. Valley turned to its full-court press defense, which put COC in its only scoring drought of the game.

The score was as close as 62-58 at the 9:06 mark of the period, but COC never gave up the lead.

All it took was a timeout to restart the potent COC offense.

“We were just a little tired and needed a little positive motivation,” Dominguez said. “Coach gave us that, and we came out and took care of business.”

The second half ended just like the first, with the Cougars putting away wide open buckets in transition.
Brad Wyche finished with 15 points, while Ben Kimble (12) and Wesley Bartole (10) rounded out the COC players in double figures.

As conference play continues against Santa Monica College on Wednesday, COC is still growing as a team.
“The consistency is a work in progress,” Fisher said.

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