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Comets bounce back to trounce Cougars, 87-78

Defensive fuel stops Alameda in nail biter

By Mike Thomas, sports editor
On February 14, 2014

  • Comet forward Jovell Vance jumps up for a layup against Cougar center Tre’Quan Rollins during their game against the College of Alameda in the Gymnasium on Friday. The Comets record is 5-5 in the Bay Valley Conference. Qing Huang / The Advocate

Down by three points at halftime, the men's basketball team dominated defensively in the second half to secure its win against College of Alameda (2-7 overall, 2-17 in the Bay Valley Conference) 87-78 Friday in the Gymnasium.
The strong defensive effort brought the squad back to a .500 record, and kept its playoff hopes alive.
The Comets (11-11 overall, 5-5 BVC) underestimated the last place Cougars in the first half and made some bad shot attempts.
CCC failed to score points off of the turnovers it created, and neglected to attack the basket against a matchup that had a height advantage on them.
"We made some bad shot selections and some turnovers," men's basketball coach Miguel Johnson said about the first half.
"(Alameda) has a lot of size, and when we attack the basket it makes it very difficult for them to stop it."
Johnson had to use all two 30-second timeouts in the first half, but they paid off when the Comets started to find success attacking the basket.
At the end of the first half, the Cougars held on to a 42-39 lead.
In the second half, COA maintained its lead, but could not stop CCC from getting to the paint. The Comets stuck to their game plan of attacking the basket and that kept the Cougars' defense on its heels.
The team also started to capitalize on Alameda turnovers to keep up with the Cougars. CCC took the lead in the final 10 minutes of the game and never looked back after that.
"We started attacking the basket and, once we start attacking, it's hard to stop us," freshman guard Marcel Jones said. "We started to execute and play defense."
The Comets forced 21 Cougar turnovers and freshman center Darius Workman's rebounding played a huge factor in the game.
According to Workman, he did not play well in Wednesday's loss against first place Yuba College, and he wanted to improve from the last game and help his team.
"I felt like I got called out the most from the Yuba game, so I just went back and worked on my game and kinks," Workman said. "I'm the big man of the team, so it's my job to make those plays."
Workman gave his matchup, Cougar forward Desmond Gray, a lot of problems with how physically he was playing.
Workman scored most of his points off of rebounds. He also got Gray into some early foul trouble in the first half.
"He has a big body, soft hands and he knows the game," sophomore guard Davion Mize said about Workman.
Johnson agreed.
"(Workman) gives us more possessions," Johnson said. "Plus he can score."
The Comets' next game is at Napa Valley College (7-14 overall, 3-8 BVC) today at 7:30 p.m.
The next home game is against Mendocino College on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
CCC is 5-1 at home this season. 

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