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Cougar Doldrums

Posted: January 24, 2008 11:34 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2008 2:02 a.m.
The College of the Canyons men's basketball team lost to Los Angeles Valley College 69-56 at home on Wednesday night, dropping them to 0-4 in Western State Conference.

The Monarchs (14-7, 3-2) received a triple-double from forward Shaun Johnson, who scored 11 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and also had 11 blocks.
L.A. Valley carried a narrow 29-28 advantage into halftime, after poor shooting performances by both squads.
COC shot 28 percent (8-for-19) from the floor in the opening half, which was barely worse than the Monarchs' 31 percent (10-for-32) mark.
Behrang Behjoo's basket gave the Cougars a 20-19 advantage, but a score by Chris Lenik on the next trip down the court gave the Monarchs a lead with 5:01 remaining in the first half. They never relinquished that lead the rest of the way.
Coming out of the break, the Cougars (6-14) fell behind by nine points after a 10-2 Monarchs run to open the second frame.
A basket by COC's Gerardo Zuniga with 11:07 to go cut the deficit to two points at 39-37, but COC would never get closer.
Cougars center Donjay Kakonde picked up his fourth foul with 5:41 to go in the game and after that L.A. Valley extended its lead from 53-46 to 66-49.
Johnson started a 13-3 run with a tip in and had six straight points to finish off the decisive stretch for the Monarchs.
His layup with 1:37 remaining in the game gave the 6-foot-7 forward his triple-double.
Gino Riney, who played for the Cougars last season, scored a game-high 17 points for L.A. Valley. He also dished out seven assists.
Jason Holzwarth led all Cougars scorers with 14 points. Brian Kimble added a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. The pair of guards were the only COC players to finish in double figures.
Zuniga and Justin Smith each finished with eight points for the Cougars.
The Monarchs had two more double-digit scorers in addition to Johnson and Riney. Codie Kemp scored 15 points and Germel Coleman had 12.
The Cougars hit the road on Saturday in search of their first conference win, facing Santa Monica College.


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