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College basketball: COC is last team in, among the first out

Cougars go cold from the field in Southern California Regional Playoffs loss to L.A. Valley

Posted: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

After earning the last spot in the Southern California Regional Playoffs, the College of the Canyons men’s basketball team fell to L.A. Valley 75-61 on Wednesday in the first round on the road.

The 20th-seeded Cougars (15-13) struggled from the field, shooting just 31.4 percent overall and 26.1 percent from beyond the arc.

They only trailed by two points at halftime, but the cold shooting caught up with them as 13th-seeded L.A. Valley pulled away in the second half.

The frontcourt of Wesley Bartole, Ronald Harris and Rafael Love turned in a solid effort. Bartole finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Harris added 11 points and 14 boards and Love had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Jawhar Purdy and Roman Delgado each scored seven points for Canyons.

The Cougars were outrebounded 52-45, and L.A. Valley (16-11) finished with 11 more assists. COC took good care of the ball, turning it over just twice while coming up with just six steals.

COC couldn’t slow down L.A. Valley’s Marcus Johnson, who shot 7-of-8 from downtown and finished with a game-high 27 points, while Alex Stauther had 23 points and 12 assists.

Canyons went 1-2 this season against L.A. Valley, which is a Western State Conference, South Division foe. The Cougars won 83-68 on their home court on Jan. 4, but Valley won Wednesday and also 64-52 at home on Jan. 28.

COC finished 6-6 and third place in the WSC, returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

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