East County Sports

Warren, Griffs resolve to beat Comets

2021-22 COMMUNITY COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL

GROSSMONT 78, PALOMAR 71

ECS staff report

EL CAJON —- Following a tandem of 33-point losses last week, Grossmont College discovered the resolve to bound back, shocking second-place Palomar College, 78-71, in a PCAC game on Monday afternoon.

For Grossmont, Vincent Warren, one of the most consistent scorers in PCAC action, collected 25 points, helping to snap a contest tied at 33-all at the half. Earlier in the month, Warren twice registered 24 points, plus two additional 23-point efforts.

For Warren, it has been a strong rise to be the Griffins’ leader on the court after averaging just eight points per game in his senior year at Christian High.

Warren is averaging close to 20 points per game this season for Grossmont.

Immediately after the Comets took their first lead of the second half at 60-59 with 6:40 remaining, Grossmont responded with a 19-11 run to close the contest.

Warren sank a short jumper while being fouled for a traditional 3-point play with 6:21 left to re-take the lead. A foul shot brought Palomar even at 62-all, but the two points each from Nick Mason, Alex Dumas, and Warren allowed the G-House to pull away.

Warren also led Grossmont (4-12 overall, 2-4 PCAC) with 13 rebounds to boost the Griffins’ 44-38 advantage on the boards.

Palomar fell to 11-6 (4-2 PCAC).

Cuyamaca College remained winless in PCAC play after falling to San Diego Miramar, 76-61. The Coyotes are tied for last place with Imperial Valley after the Arabs saw host Southwestern jump to an early 17-point lead in the opening minutes en route to a 54-40 decision.

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