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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3C Lassen Community College men fall in playoffs, season finished Will Freedman Sports Writer wfreedman@lassennews.com The Lassen College men's basketball team's season ended on Friday, Feb. 28 after they fell to Merritt College in the second round of the CCCAA playoffs. It was a hard-fought game, but the Cougars just fell short, 70-64. Lassen, the No. 12 seed, traveled to Oakland to take on Merritt, the No. 5 seed, a team they had already beaten previously in the year. It is hard enough to beat a good team once, but the Cougars had the tough task of beating a good team twice. The game took place in a hostile environment where the crowd and announcer were enthusiastically rooting against Lassen. This had no effect on the Cougars at the start as they opened the game up, 5-0. Merritt quickly scored 11 straight points and added to their lead. The Cougars were down by as many as 11 points, but they didn't go away. Lassen kept chipping away at the Merritt lead throughout the first half. With four minutes remaining the Cougars were down, 29-22. Lassen then rallied and finished the half on a 7-2 run to steal momentum going into the locker room for halftime. Merritt started the second half by picking up the Lady Grizzly's basketball season at an end Will Freedman heading into haiftime, 27-15. Senior Miranda sports writer . The third quarter was neck Langenhorst had an wfreedman@lassennews.com 1 in neck for the most part as impressive game recording a The Lady Grizzly's both teams traded baskets, triple double with 11 points, basketball season came to an Corning cut the Lassen lead 16 rebounds and 10 blocks. end Thursday, Feb. 26. Lassen from 12 points to 10 as the Senior Sara Carson had 15 lost a battle to Corning High third came to a close, points, four steals and four School in overtime, 62-59. With the Lady Grizzlies up assists. Sophomore Makenna The Lady Grizzlies headed !0 points, Corning picked up Busse had 14 points and to Corning High School with the pressure in hopes of fellow sophomore Gracie a trip to the semi-finals on the making an impressive McCoy had 11 points and five line. Lassen came out ready comeback. Lassen was assists. to play dominating all facets outscored in the fourth 24-14 Despite the tough loss the of the game in the first as the game was sent into Lady Grizzlies had an quarter. Defensively they held overtime, impressive season. They Corning to just four points as With the game on the line finished with an overall they put up 19 points of their and pressure mounting, both record of 15-12.and were the own. teams struggled putting No. 6 seed in the playoffs. Then Lassen slowed down points on the board during They are losing some key in the second quarter and the extra time. Corning ended seniors but have a young core were outscored by Corning, up with the slight advantage of players that remain. 11-8. Despite being outscored and won this tight game by Lassen still had the lead three points. pressure. This actually helped Lassen as they picked up their offense and tied the game, 35-35 three minutes into the second half. Merritt quickly went back tO their zone defense in hopes of slowing the Cougars down. With 15 minutes left in the game and tied at 39, Freshman Murshid Randle made a huge shot while getting fouled; that gave Lassen its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half. From there both teams seesawed back and forth with the lead for most the rest of the second half. With five minutes remaining in the game and Merrit up by one point, both teams could not score for three straight minutes. Merritt eventually broke the scoreless streak and increased their lead. The Cougars kept fighting until the final buzzer but they fell short. Sophomore Marvin White led the Cougars in scoring with 22 points followed by freshman Murshid Randle, who added 11 points. Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Lassen College men's basketball team had a successful season. They finished the year going 22-8 and 8-2 in conference. They won the San Jose City College Tournament championship early on in the year and were ranked as high as No. 3 in the state. Randle and sophomores Diondrey Holt and Juandrico Walker were named to the Golden Valley all-conference team. Freshman Eric Duncan was honorable mention for the all-conference team as well as being named to the all- defensive team. "This was a season that I wished never would've ended," said Lassen College head basketball coach Devin Aye. "This team is full of great kids who work hard: They represented themselves well on and off the court and made the community proud. This is the third-straight year we have made Lassen a quality program and plan on making the next step next year with the quality guys we have returning." With this in mind, next year might be one for the history books. Cougar men honored Sophomores Diondrey Holt, left, and Juandrico Walker, along with freshman Murshid Randle were named to the Golden Valley all-conference team. Freshman Eric Duncan received honorable mention along with being named to the all-defensive team. Photos submitted Grappling Grizzlies go to section finals, Jones advances to state Junior Kenny Jones poses with Lassen High wrestling coaches Jeff Kremer and Errin Montgomery after Jones won the CIF north section final on Saturday, Feb. 28. Photo by Skip Jones CHESTER TACTICAL SPORTS ebley & Scott ,3" chamber 12ga $189 Taurus S349 38 SPL S/S .... "' "" " .......... 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Sophomore Levi Prater was seeded eighth in the 140- pound division and finished 2-2. Junior Jordan Monahan participated in the 147-pound division where he went 0-2 including losing to the No. 1 seed. Senior Tommy Eigin participated in the 172-pound division and finished 1-2. , Junior Kenny Jones continued his stellar year by finishing first in the 134- pound division. He was seeded number one going into the tournament and proved he was deserving of that seed. He moved on to the state tourent that took, tournament were not place on Friday and available at press time. Saturday" March 6 and 7 in Bakersfield. This has been quite a successful year for the Lassen wrestling program, and it seems like the future is bright. Having seven players qualify for the section finals is something the school, program and community canl be proud of. "I'm excited for the future of Lassen wrestling. 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