Mon, Jan 14 2013 12:33 PM Posted By: Tom Basinski
If it had been a boxing match between the Lady Jaguars of Southwestern College and the Arabs of Imperial Valley, the referee would have stopped the teams’ Jan. 9 bout. Southwestern won handily 59-29.
Southwestern coach Darnell Cherry was able to get a look at all of his players as he cleared the bench to give everyone a chance in the PCAC opener. To its credit, Imperial Valley never let up and never gave up in the one-sided contest. Alexis Harris led Southwestern (1-0 in conference play, 8-9 overall) with 16 points, followed by the athletic Kayla Payne with 12.
Coach Andrew Robinson of Imperial Valley tried to help the referees by shouting out foul calls against Southwestern along with traveling and three-second violations, real or imagined. His entreaties fell on deaf ears, though. Jalen Olguin of Imperial led her team with 12 points.
Southwestern men ground Jets in a nail-biter
For all of the first half, and much of the second, it looked like the men of Southwestern would coast to an easy victory. Someone forgot to tell coach Nick Gehler’s Miramar Jets, however.
Southwestern led at halftime 24-16. The Jaguars maintained a seven or nine-point advantage until the 7:51 mark of the second half when the Jets cut the host team’s lead to five. With 5:41 left, Miramar cut the margin to a single point and tied the contest with five minutes to go.
SWC coach John Cosentino tried all his combinations and it looked like the game might slip away with the Jets taking the lead, 48-47, with 3:17 to go. Miramar forged ahead with a five-point lead with 1:44 left. But the Jaguars tied it with 38 seconds left and eventually won 54-52.
Jay Stone and Dominque Miller led Southwestern (1-0 in conference, 7-8 overall) with 14 points each while Le’Shawn Galbreath and Alberto Ganis bagged 13 apiece for Miramar. Miramar was 21-of-25 from the free throw line while Southwestern managed to sink three free throws out of only seven opportunities.
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