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Last shot kills Cougars

Moorpark prevails on last-second layup

Posted: November 8, 2008 10:45 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Canyons guard Terrez Scott, left, drives to the basket while Moorpark def- ender Matt Mazarel attempts to stop him during first half action at COC on Saturday.

Even though College of the Canyons committed 23 turnovers, it could not convert on a few late opportunities. They also missed a few key defensive assignments, but still had a chance of at least forcing overtime Saturday afternoon against Moorpark College.

The Cougars' final mistake, though, was the one that struck them down in the Clash of the Canyons tournament at the Cougar Cage.

That error was leaving Raider guard Shane Foster wide open for a lay-up at the buzzer as COC (1-1) lost 82-80.

Foster's shot happened in a furious series of plays in the final 21 seconds of the game.

After Moorpark forward Redmond Parker missed two free throws, Foster leaped up to grab the offensive rebound and made a quick outlet pass to sharpshooter Matt Hornbuckle, who missed a 3-pointer.

Cougar freshman forward Jonathan Phillips drove hard but missed a layup with 10 seconds left, with Parker defending him. Dwight Jones of Moorpark grabbed the rebound, then immediately fired a fast pass to Foster.

The entire Moorpark team raced from their seats and mobbed their Saturday night hero.

"I crashed the board on Matt's three," Foster said. "I got caught under the basket and was in between our side of the court and theirs, so I was trailing them. Redmond made a good defensive play, and then Dwight made a good pass."

A full-court trap forced several of the Cougars' turnovers, while a few missed shots toward the end sealed their fate.

"I think we need to follow directions more and make some better decisions with the ball," said College of the Canyons head coach Howard Fisher. "I think going into a game against a team that plays that style of defense makes you rush your shots."

Jason Holzwarth led the Cougars with 15 points, however, that was offset by Moorpark's B.J. Wortham and Matt Hornbuckle, who record 14 each, the latter connecting on three treys.

Canyons' defense, which had problems preventing layups and 3-pointers throughout, could not lock it down late.

With 25 seconds left, Parker muscled inside for a lay-in and was fouled to tie the game at 80. He missed short on the free throw, then four seconds later he missed two more.

The Cougars trailed by as much as 22-8 to start the game, but fought back to trail at the half, 45-41.

The Raiders led by as many as nine early in the second half, but Canyons kept the game within four points
after the 13-minute mark.

But with 2:43 left in the game, COC forward Justin Smith made two free throws to put his team ahead, 76-75. That was the Cougars' first lead of the game.

With 1:17 left, Behrang Behjoo tipped a missed shot by Jason Holzwarth to put COC up, 80-78.
points after the 13-minute mark.

"We were able to fight back," Fisher said. "We showed a lot of heart and character. Hopefully we learn from this."

The Cougars Behjoo recorded 13 points for the Cougars. Freshman point guard Terrez Scott, a Valencia guard, and Phillips both scored 11.

Smith nearly finished with a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds, while Rogers added seven points and six boards.


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