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PANTHER FLASH: PCC men hit historic win mark
Photos and Story by James Hill
Congratulations to the PCC men’s basketball team for becoming only the fourth team in PCC’s NWAACC Conference history to win 10-plus games in a season. The men did so Wednesday, Jan. 25 night in exciting fashion by coming back to beat the Lane Community College Titans by three points in a 74-71 thriller at PCC’s Cascade Gym.The PCC men’s basketball team is now five wins away from their best season ever, while the women’s basketball team remains just 2 wins away from their best season ever (NWAACC Conference). Fans can follow both teams at PCC AthleticsThank you goes out to the Michael J. Markham, M.D., for the generous contribution of $1,000 to the PCC Athletic Fund! "We sincerely appreciate his support of our program," said PCC Athletic Director Karl Easttorp. "If you would also like to support PCC Athletics, you can do so by designating your contribution to the PCC Athletic Fund of the PCC Foundation."For more information, contact Karl at 503-978-5513.PCC Athletics is partnering with the Humboldt Neighborhood Association to present the Humboldt Neighborhood Appreciation Night on Feb. 18.UPCOMING GAMESPCC Women at Chemeketa Community College, 5:30 PM and #12 PCC Men at #8 Chemeketa Community College, 7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 1, 2006, Salem, OR #6 Umpqua Community College at PCC women, 4:00 PM and Umpqua Community College, 6:00 PM and #12 PCC men, Saturday, February 4, 2006, Cascade Campus Gym PAST GAMESWednesday, Jan. 18:PCC Women 45, Mt Hood Community College 42, Cascade Gym. RECAP: The Portland Community College women’s basketball team secured its 7th win of the season with a 45-42 victory over the Mt. Hood Saints. Meghan Ainsworth dominated the middle with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. The Panther defense gathered 12 blocked shots as a team and held the Saints to 17.9% (12 of 67) shooting from the field. The scrappy Saints grabbed 24 steals to keep the game close, but Portland completed a 9-point run with about 3 minutes remaining to give them a 7-point lead. Mt. Hood’s Jenna Schneider hit a 3-pointer and later made a free throw to cut the lead to 3, but PCC’s Ainsworth hit 2 clutch free throws late to seal the victory. LBCC’s Tara Prow hit 2 free throws in the final seconds for the final margin. #12 PCC Men 65, #2 Mt. Hood Community College 83. RECAP: The PCC Panthers trailed the #2-ranked Mt. Hood Saints by only 5 points at the half, but a quick start by the Saints to start the second led them to an 83-65 win over Portland Community College. Mt. Hood hit four quick 3-point shots to build the lead to 15 just four minutes into the second half. Portland continued to charge back, cutting the lead to nine points right away. The lead remained about 10 points for much of the second half, before several uncontested baskets by Mt. Hood in the final minute after the outcome had already been decided provided the final margin. Avery Rosen continued to shoot well (6 of 10), leading the Panthers with 18 points. Clint Adell had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots for the Panthers. Jake Glisson had 17 points for the Saints.Saturday, Jan. 21:PCC Women 44, Linn-Benton Community College 57#12 PCC Men 70, Linn-Benton Community College 73