Show­down at PEC

UAV had small half­time lead as of press time

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By BRIAN GOLDEN Val­ley Press Staff Writer


LAN­CAS­TER — The Univer­sity of An­te­lope Val­ley bas­ket­ball women had a bat­tle on their hands to reach the cham­pi­onship game of the Cal­i­for­nia Pa­cific Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment Satur­day night at the Pioneer Event Cen­ter.

The reg­u­lar sea­son co-cham­pi­ons were look­ing to ad­vance to a cham­pi­onship game re­match with Em­bry-Rid­dle Aero­nau­ti­cal Univer­sity Mon­day night at the PEC.

The Ea­gles used a fre­netic fourth quar­ter de­fen­sive ef­fort to sub­due Simp­son Univer­sity 81-71 in the first semi­fi­nal.

The men’s tour­na­ment takes the PEC hard­wood to­day, with UAV meet­ing Bene­dic­tine Mesa at 5:30 p.m., and Simp­son tak­ing on Em­bry-Rid­dle at 7:30 p.m.

ERAU and UAV shared the women’s reg­u­lar sea­son crown with 12-2 records. Each beat the other on its home­court.

The Pi­o­neers used the 3-point shot to build a 37-31 half­time lead on Satur­day. Tylen Price con­nected three times from the wing, and LaChae McColor canned a sim­i­lar wing three and con­verted daz­zling re­verse layup for five first half points. UAV led 73-64 in the fourth quar­ter.

Alexia Budd was a force on the fiber­glass with 10 points and seven re­bounds be­fore go­ing to the bench with her third per­sonal foul.

UAV jumped to an early 15-7 lead. They could never stretch it to more than seven points after that, due mainly to the play of Bob­cat guard Haylee Owen, who hit 5-of-6 shots to fin­ish the half with 10 points.

Em­bry-Rid­dle Aero­nau­ti­cal Univer­sity made it­self right at home in the Aero­space cap­i­tal of the West

The Ea­gles (23-4) lim­ited Simp­son to just nine points in the first quar­ter, and led 41-31 at the in­ter­mis­sion.

Red­hawks point guard Estella Gutierrez took over in the third quar­ter.

She sped the length of the floor for layups for open­ers. Her pull-up three on the fast break tied the game 52-all with 2:06 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter.

also scored, and Barkov, Hu­berdeau and Yan­dle added as­sists for the Pan­thers, who have won four of five and are 10-5-0 in their last 15.

Florida’s Roberto Luongo stopped 18 shots and tied Ed Belfour for third place in ca­reer wins among goal­tenders with 484.

“Lis­ten, it’s nice ob­vi­ously to get those recog­ni­tions, but at the end of the day I just want to get wins for our club and ob­vi­ously make a push here and try to sneak in back in the play­offs,” Luongo said.

Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who dropped their sev­enth straight. Quick stopped 17 of 23 shots be­fore be­ing lifted in the third pe­riod. Jack Camp­bell made two saves in re­lief.

Trocheck skated into the left circle in the sec­ond pe­riod, took a pass from Ev­genii Dadonov and scored his sixth goal, and first since Jan. 21 at 11:56 of the first.

Brown tied it at 1 when he stole a pass just out­side the blue line, raced in on Luongo and scored his 13th goal at 13:59.

Brown, who ended a run of 12 games with­out a goal, nearly scored his sec­ond to give Los An­ge­les its first lead on a short-handed break­away in the pe­riod’s last minute, but Luongo de­nied him.

McGinn and McCoshen scored their first goals of the sea­son in the third pe­riod — McGinn at 6:14, McCoshen 28 sec­onds later — for the fi­nal mar­gin.

NOTES: Brown’s goal was his first since Jan. 17. . Doughty skated in his fran­chise-record 389th con­sec­u­tive game. . Florida con­cluded its seven-game home­s­tand with a 4-30 mark.. The Pan­thers scratched C Der­ick Bras­sard ahead of Mon­day’s trade dead­line.

JOHN SAN­DERS/Val­ley Press Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

TOUR­NA­MENT TIME — Univer­sity of An­te­lope Val­ley se­nior guard T’Ai­rah Pryor moves to de­fend against a UC Meced player on Satur­day night at the Pioneer Event Cen­ter. The Pi­o­neers are host­ing the Cal­i­for­nia Pa­cific Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment and led their semi­fi­nal game late in the sec­ond half as of press time.

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