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IVC's PCC skid reaches 8 games

January 28, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Special to this newspaper

IMPERIAL — Mike Malloy had 19 points and Jared Cherry added 15 to lift the Southwestern College men's basketball team over Imperial Valley College 76-67 here Saturday.

The Arabs were led by T.J. Brunson and Clarence Campbell, who both scored 13.

The game began with Southwestern taking the tip and converting a Travis Howell bucket 45 seconds into the game. The ball went back and forth a few times before the Arabs answered with a Brunson score to tie the game at 2-2.

IVC got its first lead of the game when Richard Cook hit from downtown to give the Arabs a short-lived one-point advantage as the Apaches answered with a three from Tim Thompson.

The Arabs fought Southwestern basket for basket until Cherry and Martal Prewitt both hit from the free throw line to give the Apaches an 18-10 lead with 10:30 to go in the first half.

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IVC fought back and closed the deficit when Brunson was fouled while putting in a lay-up. He completed his three-point play with the free throw and Alonzo Blackman scored on a fast break to pull the Arabs to within 22-19.

Southwestern had one more surge before the half that began with a Cherry free throw and lasted until Blackman hit from behind the arc to give the Arabs three points and new life. IVC managed to pull to within three at the half, although Garry Rollins missed a buzzer-beating three that could have devastated the Arabs.

The Arabs came out strongly in the opening minutes of the second half and overtook the Apaches as Blackman hit a jumper that cut the lead to one. Campbell helped add to an IVC lead with a basket with 16:09 to play.

After the lead traded hands three times, the Apaches grabbed onto it for good with a Malloy jumper with 10:31 to play. From then on, Southwestern shut down the Arabs every time they made a comeback attempt. Winston Young and Richard Cork both later hit from downtown for the Arabs, and Brunson and Young added lay-ups, but it was too little too late as Southwestern already had the game on ice.

The Arabs fall to 3-16 overall and 0-8 in the Pacific Coast Conference

IVC travels to San Marcos to play Palomar in a 7 p.m. Wednesday match-up.

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