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COC notebook: Canyons hoops now above .500

Cougars beat Moorpark; women win home debut

Posted: December 11, 2011 10:17 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2011 10:17 p.m.

It was a quiet week for College of the Canyons athletic programs, with only the men’s and women’s basketball teams in action.

The men’s team posted a victory over Moorpark College on Saturday to move above .500 on the season. The women’s team found success as well, winning its home debut before beginning play in the Rose City Classic in Pasadena on Friday through Sunday.

Men’s Basketball

The Cougars beat Moorpark 66-58 on Saturday to improve to 5-4 on the season.

Forward Rafael Love scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the team, while guard Brad Wyche had 12 points and forward Wesley Bartole scored 11 points.

COC was without the services of guard Jawhar Purdy and forward Tyler Barber. Purdy is still recovering from a broken jaw, while Barber sprained his ankle a week ago.

“I think we definitely made some progress,” said COC head coach Howard Fisher. “It was finals week, so we just had to focus on the one game. We stuck to our game plan and it was successful. That was a big plus for us to get the win short-handed.”

COC will be back on the hardwood from Dec. 16-18 at the West Valley Holiday Classic in Saratoga.

Women’s Basketball

The COC women played their first home game of the season on Wednesday against the Cypress Chargers.

Forward Jazzmyn Davis scored 21 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to help lead COC to a 78-62 victory.

Freshman Angelica Sahagun added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help the Canyons open up a 36-33 lead at halftime before the Cougars broke the game open early in the second half with a 16-7 run.

Despite shooting just 36 percent from the field in the game, the Canyons defense played well throughout, holding Cypress to just 30.5 percent shooting in the contest.

The Cougars finished the week by participating in the Rose City Classic in Pasadena, where they met Butte College on Friday. The Cougars defeated Butte 110-59 to mark the team’s highest offensive output of the season.

Sophomore guard Bev Weaver led the Cougars with a career-high 32 points. Davis added 22 points and 11 rebounds, Sahagun put up 18 points and Leilani Young hit four 3-pointers off the bench for 12 points. The win put COC into the semifinals, where it defeated Pierce College 86-76 to advance to the final day of the tournament.

In the final, Canyon faced Pasadena City College in a contest that saw the Cougars fall 71-65 to finish in second place. Canyons led in the second half, but couldn’t overcome turnovers and poor shooting from the field in the loss. Sahagun led with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament team along with Weaver. The Cougars fell to 6-4 on the year and will face Cuesta at the Orange Coast Tournament on Friday.

Signal Assistant Sports Editor Joey Gulino contributed to this story.


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