East County Sports

Without Lawyer, Griffins nearly make case against Tartars

2015-16 COMMUNITY COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL

 

By James McHugh

© East County Sports.com

 

EL CAJON (12-17-15) — Grossmont trailed 29-32 headed into the break Wednesday night (Dec. 16) against El Camino Compton Center on the Griffins home court. Grossmont was without guard REMY LAWYER. Despite a heated battle the Griffins dropped the contest 77-75.

 

“Remy has been sick the last two days,” assistant coach KEVIN BUTTY said after the game. “We missed his offense tonight.”

 

SPENCER VERING netted 13-points in the opening half, helping the Griffins stay within striking distance headed to half time. After the break Grossmont quickly used a 7-0 run to erase their deficit, aided by two KAELEN MITCHELL field goals, one from downtown.

 

The Tartars continued yielding open looks and the Griffins found their stroke. Another five points from Vering and four from Mitchell helped Grossmont build a 50-39 lead with 13-minutes to play. DANIEL McCOWN also pitched in with four points during the Griffins run and finished the night with 15 points, 13 of those coming in the second half.

 

With 10 minutes to play El Camino Compton had cut the Griffins’ lead to one at 56-54. A costly turnover for the Griffins on an inbound helped the Tartars to within a basket on a hoop and foul from Calvin House.

 

MARCOS MEZA built the Grossmont lead back to four, beating House to the lane for a layup before a Dominique Miles three pointer brought El Camino Compton to within one and a Ralph Kellum three gave the Tartars the lead at 60-58. Michael Chavers hit a shot in the lane with 6:34 to play as El Camino Compton continued on what would eventually be an 8-2 run.

 

Grossmont trailed 60-64 with just under five minutes to play as Vering and McCown each found their way to easy lay ups. The Griffins continued to struggle on defense though, allowing a slew of offensive boards and second chance baskets. With four minutes to play the Tartars had built a six point lead at 68-62.

 

“We started the second half exactly how we wanted to,” Butty said of the Griffins’ defense. “Without REMY we had some guys in spots they hadn’t played much before and it was like having guys in the wrong spot and they ate us up for a while in the second half,” Butty said of El Camino Compton’s comeback.

 

McCown cut the lead in half on an assist from Meza then reduced the El Camino lead to one when Meza stole an errant pass and dished to McCown for a layup with 2:59 to play. Grossmont trailed 67-68.

 

Marquis Harris hit two free throws for the Tartars with 38 seconds to play to build the El Camino Compton lead back to four points.

 

Marcos Meza netted a layup to cut the lead to two at 71-73 before Miles headed to the line and drained one of two free throws with just 18.3 to play. Meza once again found his way to the hoop for a lay in and the Griffins trailed 73-74 with 9.5 to play.

 

Back and forth free throws and lay ups left the Griffins trailing by one with 1.9 to play and Harris headed to the line for El Camino Compton once again. Harris hit the first free throw before missing the second, leaving Spencer Vering only a full court effort to see if a miracle was in store but the shot fell well short and the Griffins fell 75-77.

 

Marcos Meza had a great night statistically, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals. Vering was the team’s high scorer with 22-points on 8-12 shooting, including 4-6 from three point range.

 

El Camino-Compton Center at Grossmont
@ Grossmont
12/16/2015 at 5:00 PM

 

El Camino-Compton Center 
77
Grossmont 
75
FINAL 1 2 T
El Camino-Compton Center (4-6) 32 45 77
Grossmont (7-4) 29 46 75

El Camino-Compton Center

# STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
2 Calvin House 37 9-11 0-0 0-1 2 5 7 3 1 0 3 0 18
5 Michael Chavers 33 5-9 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 3 5 10
10 Alonzo Taylor 24 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 4
21 Taylor Tittle 35 2-4 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 0 3 3 6
22 Marquise Harris 38 6-20 2-9 7-8 2 5 7 3 1 2 3 2 21
# RESERVES MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
4 Dominique Miles 8 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 2 4
11 Ralph Kellum 10 3-5 3-5 1-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 4 10
12 Kyvonte Davis 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Khiree Johns 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 1 2
15 Devin Reed 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Ivan Coe 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Jamon Bellard 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Phillip Harris 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
32 William Gibson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TM Team 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 30-61
49.2%
6-17
35.3%
11-17
64.7%
9 21 30 17 10 4 14 18 77

Grossmont

# STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
4 Marcos Meza 40 5-7 0-0 2-4 3 7 10 7 6 0 3 2 12
5 Daniel McCown 39 6-13 2-9 1-2 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 15
15 Spencer Vering 37 8-12 4-6 2-4 3 4 7 0 1 0 0 3 22
23 Kaelen Mitchell 39 6-14 2-7 0-1 2 4 6 0 1 0 1 2 14
24 Luke Jackson 32 2-7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 4
# RESERVES MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
0 Dominique Walker 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Remy Lawyer 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Corwin Feerick 8 1-5 0-4 0-1 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 2 2
20 Larry Stokes 0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Quadarius Fair 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 2 1 0 0
25 LeAndre Powell 1 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 1 3
32 Ervin Shepherd 3 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 3
TM Team 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 30-62
48.4%
9-28
32.1%
6-13
46.2%
10 26 36 13 9 2 15 13 75
EL CAMINO-COMPTON CENTER TEAM STATISTICS GROSSMONT
49.2% ( 30-61) Field Goal % 48.4% ( 30-62)
35.3% ( 6-17) 3pt Field Goal % 32.1% ( 9-28)
64.7% ( 11-17) Free Throw % 46.2% ( 6-13)
30 Rebounds 36
17 Assists 13
14 Turnovers 15
27 Points off Turnovers 18
10 2nd Chance Points 13
26 Points in the Paint 34
6 Fastbreak Points 14
18 Bench Points 8
14 Largest Lead 13
1st-17:08 Time of Largest Lead 2nd-14:27
Ties: 2; Lead Changes: 4
OTHER INFORMATION
Technical fouls: El Camino-Compton Center-None ; Grossmont-None .

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