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King won PCAC AOW honor in December

2021-22 COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ECS staff report

SAN DIEGO —- Cuyamaca College, which is entering its third consecutive week of postponements and cancellations in men’s basketball, at least received some good news.

Ray King, a 6-foot-4 sophomore out of Otay Ranch High School, was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week covering the middle week of December (Dec. 13-18).

King finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and four steals in a pair of ballgames for the Coyotes, playing against two of the top ballclubs in the standings.

His biggest outing came against MiraCosta where he had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.  King made 18-of-23 free throws for the week as he repeatedly forced the action in making it to the free-throw line.

The PCAC women’s basketball player of the week was  Andrea Aguilar from Imperial Valley College.

Men’s Roundup

While Cuyamaca (3-11 overall, 0-2 PCAC) remained in last place while riding a 6-game losing streak, Grossmont College (also 3-11) gave defending PCAC champion Southwestern a battle until the final minutes back in December.

The Jaguars took a 63-51 decision despite two starters missing from the Griffins lineup, remaining one game behind in the loss column to front-running San Diego City and Mira Costa.

Southwestern has a new coaching staff this season, including assistant coach Tyrone Shelley, the former East County Rookie of the Year when playing for Christian High as a freshman in 2003-04.

Shelley later played three seasons at Crawford High, then kept bouncing around by playing one season at Pepperdine and San Diego State. His previous local coaching stops included San Pasqual Academy and Mabel O’Farrell Charter.

At Crawford, Shelley established the CIF San Diego Section single-game scoring record of 76 points against a small school from Canada on Dec. 14, 2005.

He also established the section career scoring mark with 2,962 points, a total since surpassed by a pair of brothers from Foothills Christian: T.J.Leaf (3,020 in 20012-16), then Troy Leaf (3,319, 2007-10).

More recently, Grossmont resumed action after four postponements last Wednesday, falling to Palomar, 95-74, at the Jets’ place.

Women’s Roundup

The winless Cuyamaca College women’s basketball team (0-12) returned to the court, but the results were the same, suffering blowouts setbacks on the road to MiraCosta, 64-36, and Palomar, 90-32.

The 58-point decision extended the Coyotes losing streak to 47 consecutive contests. Cuyamaca dropped 35 straight before shutting down the program in 2009-10. A season earlier, the program’s last win came on Jan. 10, 2009, nipping San Diego City, 74-72 in overtime.

  • In addition, the 32 points scored is the lowest since two other ballgames with the Comets: 98-23 on the final day of the 2009-10 season, and 79-30 on Jan. 24, 2008.
  • Meanwhile, Grossmont, which tied for first place with Southwestern in 2018-19, lost in a re-match with the Jaguars, 63-51.

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