Men fall to third

02/14/2011 22:06

Back-to-back losses put men in hot seat for playoff run

Alan K. Fox

Issue date: 2/14/11 Section: Sports
Kyle Warner led all Titan scorers in the game against Mt. Hood on Feb. 12 with 18 points.
Media Credit: Alan K. Fox
Kyle Warner led all Titan scorers in the game against Mt. Hood on Feb. 12 with 18 points.

The Titans will look forward to a strong playoff push in the coming weeks after losing two consecutive games over the weekend. The two losses have pushed the Titans to third place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Southern Region.

Sophomore forward Robby Allen scored himself a double-double Feb. 11 when the team traveled to Portland to take on the Panthers. He finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and added four blocked shots.

"We played hard this weekend despite a number of injuries and a team flu that's gotten about half the team sick," Allen said. "The two losses are tough, but our good play in the first half of the season has set us up to make a late push and lock up a spot in the March's NWAACC tournament."

The game remained close throughout the first half due to the Titans' availability to hit open shots from the field. The team entered halftime with a 50 percent shooting percentage.

The Titans (11-10, 6-4 Southern Region) entered halftime up with the score 40-33.

In the second half the shooting for the Titans fell off with them only shooting 26 percent from the field. This enabled the Panthers to outscore LCC 33-22 in the second half making the final score 66-62 Panthers.

The Panthers (9-11, 4-6) finished the game with five players scoring in double-figures.

"This weekend wasn't a great energy weekend for us; in both games we came out flat and couldn't get our engines going," freshman forward DeShawn Washington said. The first game at PCC was close and with us being a clutch team we were not catching fire, we couldn't make layups nor jump shots."

The Titans played host to Mt. Hood Feb. 12 and played a tough-fought game but were unable to finish on top in the 70-61 loss to the Saints.

Sophomore forward Kyle Warner led the way for the Titans in scoring with his 18 points, and sophomore forward Robby Allen finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Titans were unable to take the lead at any point in the game, but were able to tie it up on five occasions, including with seven seconds left in the half. The tie was short-lived because Saints sophomore guard Delroy Gibbs hit a three at the buzzer and was fouled.

Gibbs missed the free throw, which left the score 33-30 at halftime.

The Saints sized seemed to be the deciding factor in the second half. They ended up rebounded the Titans 27-12.

"With us being a team of great talent we will find our way to bounce back and get back on the winning side," Washington said in regards to the possible playoff run.

The Titans return home Feb. 16 when they play host to Southwestern Oregon. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.