PC lacks ‘trust’ in loss to COS

Pi­rates drop CVC home opener 94-66

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By NAYIRAH DOSU [email protected]­villere­corder.com

The Porter­ville Col­lege and Col­lege of Se­quoias men’s bas­ket­ball games are usu­ally one of the most an­tic­i­pated and best games of the Pi­rates sea­son.

Win or lose, it’s usu­ally a game where Porter­ville goes all out against their ri­val, es­pe­cially when the game is at Pi­rates Gym­na­sium.

But play­ing at home Satur­day evening, none of that pas­sion from pre­vi­ous games was there for the Pi­rates. In their Cen­tral Val­ley Con­fer­ence home-opener, PC (7-7, 2-1 CVC) fell 94-66 to the vis­it­ing Giants (9-7, 2-2 CVC) for their worst loss of the sea­son.

“It was em­bar­rass­ing,” PC head coach Rob Haynes said. “For me, I’ve got to do a bet­ter job as a coach to get these guys ready at home. For what­ever rea­son, with this group this year, we’re not play­ing well at home.”

The Pi­rates, who were 6-1 at home two sea­sons ago, now have a home record of 3-4, with the loss to the Giants show­ing cracks in the Pi­rates’ team on both sides of the floor.

Porter­ville’s of­fen­sive strug­gles be­gan al­most right from the start, with the team fall­ing be­hind 18-8 mid­way through the first half be­fore cut­ting COS’ lead back down to two points. But right af­ter that, the Giants turned around and went on a 10-0 run, then ex­tended their lead out to 19 points late in the half. The Pi­rates kept fight­ing and man­aged to fin­ish the first half down just 44-32.

How­ever, a sloppy first pos­ses­sion to start the sec­ond half con­tin­ued PC’S of­fen­sive woes.

“We turned the ball over that very first play af­ter they turned the ball over, and I thought that was a cru­cial mo­ment be­cause you get that bucket, it’s a 10-point lead. It’s a whole dif­fer­ent ball game,” Haynes said.

The Pi­rates shot just un­der 40 per­cent from the field, and where they ex­pected to do well — around the arc against COS’ zone de­fense — they went seven of 23 from the 3-point line, whereas the Giants were eight of 13 from three.

Fresh­man Tayshawun Brad­ford led PC with 15 points off the bench and knocked down three 3-point­ers. Sopho­more Eli­jah Car­de­nas also had three treys and fin­ished with 11 points, while sopho­mores Da’morea Green and Dar­ion Wil­son had 13 points each.

Haynes also pointed out the team had 23 turnovers and 25 per­sonal fouls, a stark con­trast from an av­er­age of 15 turnovers and 12 fouls from their last three games. Brad­ford was one of the only Pi­rates with­out a turnover against the Giants.

“We went back to not trust­ing one an­other,” Haynes said. “Not catch­ing the ball, not be­ing con­fi­dent — not be­ing strong with it. I thought that at times we

we played soft. I thought we played soft a lot tonight. When you're play­ing against a crosstown ri­val, and when we beat them two times in the past three years — even though it's a dif­fer­ent group, how­ever — we do have ... the so­lu­tion to the team.

“And that's a good team over there,” Haynes con­tin­ued. “I don't take any­thing away from COS. That's a real good team. Real good team, real good de­fense. Good size and ev­ery­thing. But I just didn't think that we were con­fi­dent on the of­fen­sive end. I thought we turned down shots. I thought we had op­por­tu­ni­ties in the paint and we turned down those, and we turned it down for a turnover. It was tough.“

De­fen­sively, Porter­ville was out-re­bounded 43-26. But against a COS team with six play­ers 6-foot-6 or taller, Haynes said the team ex­pected they wouldn't win the re­bound­ing bat­tle. How­ever, the plan was for post play­ers to box out and re­bound while guards at­tacked the bas­ket, but that's not what hap­pened.

“We didn't do that,” Haynes said. “We watched. We did a lot of watch­ing. And some­times when you're play­ing against other teams that's prob­a­bly the same size as you or prob­a­bly a lit­tle smaller, you get away with that stuff. But when you're play­ing against good pro­grams like that, there's no rooms for mis­takes.”

In North­ern Cal­i­for­nia rank­ings, COS sits at No. 12, while fel­low CVC pro­grams Fresno City (13-3, 4-0 CVC) and Co­lum­bia (12-3, 3-0 CVC) are No. 2 and No. 5, re­spec­tively, mak­ing the CVC once again one of the state's tough­est con­fer­ences.

Porter­ville trav­els to West Hills Coalinga (6-9, 1-2 CVC) on Mon­day, where they'll hope to quickly turn things around. But the Pi­rates have a packed up­com­ing week, with the team host­ing Cerro Coso (7-8, 1-3 CVC) Wed­nes­day be­fore tak­ing on FCC, Satur­day, Jan. 19, in Fresno for an­other big test.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Porter­ville Col­lege’s Tayshawun Brad­ford takes it to the hoop Satur­day, Jan. 12, dur­ing the sec­ond half of a game against Col­lege of the Se­quoias at Porter­ville Col­lege.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Porter­ville Col­lege's DJ Wil­son, left, and Do­minic King, right, set a dou­ble team Satur­day, Jan. 12 dur­ing the first half of a game against Col­lege of the Se­quoias at Porter­ville Col­lege.

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