The Chaffey College men’s basketball team rolled into the championship game of the 19th annual Cougar Classic, cruising past West Los Angeles 88-68 Sunday night at College of the Canyons.
It was the ninth straight win of the Panthers (15-2), who entered ranked sixth in the state. The win was especially impressive because Chaffey was coming off a draining win over No. 12 Ventura the previous night.
“It was one of the games we had a bit of a letdown after coming off a huge game,” Chaffey coach Jeff Klein said. “We were always 10, 12, 14 points up but did some good things defensively in the end to pull away.”
Chaffey led 42-30 at the half and never looked back.
Sophomore Nick Turner led the bucket brigade with 17 points, highlighted by a 5-for-10 showing from 3-point range.
Winston Robinson added 14 points and and eight rebounds. Lamar Williams, Anthony Cammon and Anthony Soares chipped in with 10 points each. Cammon and Soares also had three steals each.
On the night Chaffey hit 12 of 32 3-point tries while West Los Angeles (7-11) went 0-for-10.
Chaffey will play in Monday’s 6 p.m. championship game against either Pasadena City or host Canyons.
In other games earlier in the day Big Bend (Wash.) defeated Bartow 102-59 in consolation action.