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Both men and women yield mixed results over the weekend

Posted: December 19, 2010 11:17 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2010 11:17 p.m.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams at College of the Canyons both traveled to play in tournaments over the weekend, but neither team came out unscathed.
The men’s team is still trying to rise to the level of competition with a relatively young roster and the women’s team is still searching for and offensive identity.
That could be difficult to do with starting point guard Dominique Turner still sidelined with a wrist injury, but with just a few weeks left until conference play begins, the Cougars could be running out of time.

Women’s Basketball
It was a mixed bag for the women in the Coast Christmas Tournament at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa — but the Cougars still have a chance to make it a winning tournament.
COC was edged out by Southwestern College 75-73 in the opening round, but a win on Saturday sets the Cougars up for chance to take down the consolation championship today.
In the place of injured point guard Dominique Turner, COC guard Kelli Lewis scored a total of 45 points in two games over the weekend. She netted 25 against Southwestern College on Friday, and 20 the next day in a 66-61 victory over Saddleback College. Both totals were game-highs.
Her performance wasn’t enough on Friday, though, as the Cougars lost a tightly contested game in the closing seconds.
Southwestern forward Jasmine Bonds knocked down a jumper with 15 seconds left remaining for her only points of the game.
It gave Southwestern a 74-73 lead, which eventually led to the final score.
“We haven’t shot the ball very well at all over the course of the first part of the season and that’s a concern for us going into league because I thought that was going to be one of the strengths of this team,” said Cougars head coach Greg Herrick.
In the consolation game Saturday, Jazzmyn Davis had a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds. She was also one rebound short of a double-double the previous day against Southwestern, scoring 11 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the contest.
The Cougars (8-5) will be pitted against El Camino College to finish out the tournament today at 2 p.m.
After that, the team will head to San Jose to play in the San Jose Tournament, which starts Dec. 27.

Men’s Basketball
The Cougars not only got a taste of Northern California over the weekend, it got a chance to see a different brand of basketball.
In the West Valley Holiday Classic Tournament at West Valley College in Saratoga, the men’s team finished 1-2, but got valuable experience along the way.
“The competition was good,” said COC head coach Howard Fisher. “The styles were a little bit different than some of the teams we’ve played in Southern California, so it was good to see different styles and how we played against them.”
COC lost to Foothill College 68-61 in the opening round on Friday, then bounced back with a 76-69 win against the hosting West Valley College the following day.
“We did some good things,” Fisher said. “The officiating up there was a little bit different than we’re used to, and I think the guys did a good job adjusting to that.”
In the consolation championship, COC lost to Diablo Valley 70-57 on Sunday.
The Cougars (7-6) led all three teams at one point in each game, but Fisher said it’s a matter of learning how to finish games.
The men will return home to host the Cougar Holiday Classic beginning on Dec. 27.


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