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.
The No. 6 ranked Chaffey Panthers surged to their eighth straight win, beating No. 12 Ventura 94-83 in first round play at the 19th annual Cougar Classic Saturday at College of the Canyons.
Sophomore guard Nick Turner led the Panthers with 23 points, highlighted by five 3-pointers. Also finishing in double figures were Winston Robinson (15), Anthony Soares (13) and Lamar Williams (10).
Chaffey, the second-highest scoring team in the state, only led 43-40 at the half but took control with a 20-3 run to start the second half.
Ventura, which saw an 11-game win streak snapped, was led by sophomore guard Danny Benson with 21 points. Freshman forward Randy Hunter chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Chaffey (14-2) advances to face West Los Angeles (10-7) at 6 tonight. That school advanced with an 85-81 win over Los Angeles Harbor.
We’re starting our top recaps of the top events in 2008. Sunday it’s the high schools that get center stage
Then on Monday the top 10 events on the local college scene will be revealed. The choice for top news story was pretty clear cut on both the Sun side and the Daily Bulletin side. The choices for No. 2 are also pretty hard to dispute. Then it gets a little tougher.
Yes, you try and be diplomatic about it. You try and have different sports and different schools represented. But certain sports carry more weight than others.
We’re lucky to have some quality schools in some quality conferences at all levels. It makes for a busy but fun year.