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Glendale Community College men's basketball team's comeback attempt falls short

Basketball: Vaqueros men fight until end of 81-75 conference, road loss to Corsairs on Saturday.

February 09, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge

SANTA MONICA — Facing a six-point deficit with 47 seconds to go, the Glendale Community College men’s basketball team launched a valiant comeback to cut Santa Monica College’s lead to two in 19 seconds.

That’s as close as the Vaqueros would get in their Western State Conference South Division road game and 81-75 loss to the Corsairs, who hit their free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory Saturday.

“We tried to claw back into the game; we made a good effort at it,” Vaquero sophomore guard Mark Hicks said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, the way we needed it to.”

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Santa Monica (13-7, 5-3 in conference) led comfortably at 75-69 after a made free throw with under a minute remaining. GCC’s Robert Henry then promptly drained a three-pointer from the top of the key.

Glendale (9-14, 2-6) fouled to preserve time and — after two made free throws by the Corsairs — Hicks made a trio of free throws after being fouled beyond the arc. Glendale then deflected the ball on the inbounds play, before Chris Kopooshian fired the ball out to Henry, who sunk another triple to bring the score 77-75 with 28 seconds to go.

The Vaqueros didn’t have the final push to tie or take the lead, as they missed a pair of free throws and a three-pointer. Santa Monica guard Madison Higgins, who had 14 second-half points, was perfect on four tries from the free-throw line to nail down the victory for the second-place team in the conference.

In total, Santa Monica was 25 of 28 from the charity strip, highlighted by nine of 11 from Keilan Horton. The freshman guard finished with 20 points, second on the team only to Higgins (21 points).

“Our fight was great,” Glendale Coach Brian Beauchemin said. “I mean, we came back. We’ve been doing that all year — fight, fight, fight, fight — but we’re our own worst enemy. We fight so hard, but then it is counterproductive. They’re battling their ass off. We just can’t give the other team a chance to make shots, and give [Santa Monica] credit, they made some shots.”

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