By Tony Altobelli
MEN’S BASKETBALL -- Will Ligon found the Peterson Gym to his liking on Friday night, scoring a game-high 30 points to lead the Orange Coast College men's basketball team to a 64-57 nonconference win over visiting Moorpark College.
Ligon was 11-of-17 from the field and hit five of his nine 3-point attempts to dominate the scoring for the Pirates (4-7). Eric Stockstill had a solid performance as well, nearing a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds, while Jo Jo Trinidad added eight points.
For the Raiders (3-7), Coltrane Powdrill paced the offense with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Stevin Brodie added 12 points.
OCC trailed by seven at the half (36-29), but a 14-3 run over the first seven minutes of the second half put the Pirates up for the first time since early on in the first half. A pair of high-arching 3-pointers by Ligon capped off the run and put Coast up 43-39 with just under 13 minutes left to go in the game.
Moorpark withstood the hot shooting by the Pirates and tied things up at 55 with just under six minutes left before an 8-0 run over the next five minutes closed things out. A clutch 3-pointer by Trinidad with 58 seconds left iced the game for the Pirates.
The Raiders, who shot 13-of-28 in the first half (including 5-of-10 from 3-point range), hit just 6-of-24 from the field (0-for-9 from downtown) in the second half as the Pirates outscored their guests 35-21 over the final 20 minutes.
Ligon, who scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half became the first player since Chris Curtis (2009-10) to reach the 30-point mark.
The Pirates will return to action on Thursday at the Glendale College Tournament against L.A. Southwest beginning at 5 p.m. OCC's next home game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 against Orange Empire Conference rival Santa Ana, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL -- The Orange Coast College women's basketball team found scoring difficult this past weekend at the Irvine Valley College Tournament, losing 2-of-3 at the event.
Despite not cracking the 50-point mark in any of the games, leaving OCC 5-6 overall through 11 games this year.
On Thursday, Coast opened things with a 49-46 overtime win over Grossmont. Ashley Engeln led the Pirates with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals, while Jenna Arnett added seven points and 15 rebounds. Coast held the Griffins (3-8) to just 19-of-55 shooting from the field (34.5 percent).
On Friday, the offensive woes continued as Chaffey notched a 66-45 win over Coast in the championship semifinals. The long-range shooting for the Pirates was not to be found as they hit just 4-of-22 from beyond the 3-point arc (18.1 percent). Engeln again led the way with 16 points, while Anna Bartel added 11.
On Saturday, the scoring grinded to a near standstill as the Pirates took on host IVC in the third-place game. With two teams very familiar with each other, the two Orange Empire Conference foes battled each other for every single possession. In the end, the Lasers prevailed 36-34.
On the plus side, it was the fewest points allowed by the Pirates' defense since Jan. 18, 2008 (25 points allowed vs. Golden West). On the minus side, the 34 points scored was the third-fewest in school history. OCC's 1977-78 team posted a 24-point game and a 31-point game -- both against San Diego Mesa. The 70 combined points was the fewest points scored in school history. The previous low mark was during the 1987-88 season when Coast fell to Cuesta, 43-40.
After trailing 22-13 at the half, Coast went on a 15-0 run over the first 13 minutes of the second half, putting Coast up 28-22. But IVC overcame the 13-minute goose egg and outscored the Pirates 14-6 over the final seven minutes to win. Arnett anchored the boards with 15 rebounds and Engeln led Coast with 10 points in the loss.
For her all-around play, Bartel was named to the all-tournament team for Orange Coast.
OCC will return to the friendly confines of the Peterson Gym for the 2011 Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic, which kicks off on Friday.
Here is the opening-day schedule ...
1:30 p.m. -- Saddleback vs. Chaffey
3:30 p.m. -- Irvine Valley vs. Palomar
5:30 p.m. -- Canyons vs. Cuesta
7:30 p.m. -- Southwestern vs. Orange Coast.
Saturday's games will also be 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30. Sunday's consolation final will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by the third-place game at 1:30 p.m. and the tourney championship at 3:30 p.m.