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Cuyamaca pounds IVC 81-62

February 15, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College men's basketball team's season-long skid continued as it was hammered 81-62 by Cuyamaca College in Pacific Coast Conference action here Wednesday.

After ridding itself of "cancerous" players, things seemed to be headed in the right direction for the Arabs.

With better chemistry and smoother practices, the Arabs looked to be on their way to breaking into the PCC's win column.

IVC, however, ran into a bigger team Wednesday with more talent on its bench than the Arabs' had in their starting lineup.

For one half IVC took it to the Coyotes and outscored Cuyamaca 43-41. Unfortunately for the Arabs, that was in the second half, after Cuyamaca had built a 21-point halftime lead.


"Yeah, our guys were making some shots and scoring, but that's easy to do when you're down by 20," said IVC coach Nick Gehler. "There's no question that Cuyamaca is just a better team. They've got a lot of size on us and that's really tough to compete against."

The size difference was evident from the get-go as the Coyotes outrebounded the Arabs 25-9 in the first half.

Cuyamaca coach Rob Wojtkowski pointed to rebounding as a difference, but said the deciding factor was the first five minutes as the Coyotes jumped to a 13-4 lead and began the route.

"We were extremely focused coming into this game," said Wojtkowski. "We had been eliminated from the postseason last week and we wanted to come in and not let down.

"Offensively and defensively, that first five minutes is really what did it for us."

The Coyotes held IVC to 19 first-half points. Leading the Arabs in the first half was Ryan Holmes with eight points. Alonzo Blackman and Sergio Avila both scored five points in the half. Blackman finished with 12 points.

With the Cuyamaca defense playing a bit looser, the IVC offense finally got things going. Leading the Arab offense was Richard Cook, who scored 17 of his team-high 18 points in the second half.

After dominating IVC on the glass in the first half, Cuyamaca was outrebounded 19-18 in the second. Leading the Arabs were Larry Thomas with seven and Blackman with six of his nine rebounds in the second stanza.

IVC's best offensive stretch came in the final three minutes. Down 80-47, the Arabs outscored the Coyotes 15-1 to cut the final deficit to 19 points.

IVC (0-9 PCC) finishes the season at 7 p.m. Saturday as it hosts Grossmont.

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