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Clip: Men’s basketball comes out on top despite many fouls

03/01/2010

Complete article appeared in The Telescope (March 1, 2010)

With just over eight minutes to play in the second half, Palomar lead guard Mike Brown went to the bench with four fouls. The team had a 23- point lead at the time.

The lead dwindled to as low as 10 when he came back in the game with 2:53. The Comets kept their composure and the lead from slipping away.

“We played with good chemistry and did what our coach wanted us to do, which was not turn the ball over,” Brown said.

The Comets were able to withstand the aggressive play down the stretch and escape with a 101-92 win on Feb.17 at the Dome.

The win was especially good for the Comets’ sophomore players who were being honored by starting their last home game on sophomore night.

“I told someone before the game I wish every night was sophomore night,” coach John O’Neill said.

Kevin Deeb led the Comets with 23 points. PCAC leading scorer Brown added 21 points for the Comets, who are on their longest winning streak of the season.

This marks the fourth consecutive win for the Comets, and brings their win total to 12-13, 7-8 in conference on the season.

The Comets defense had Imperial Valley offbalance the entire game.

“We played both a man to man and zone,” O’Neill said. “Up until the second half they (Imperial Valley) were penetrating and going right through us to the basket so we switched to zone and they started hitting some three pointers.”

Palomar played with a purpose and determination that they have not shown all season.

Every player attacked the boards, made the extra pass for better shots and attacked the basket with a reckless abandon that they has not been seen from Palomar all season.

“This was the best game we played all year not because we scored a lot of points but because we stood up to Imperial Valley and played aggressive and without getting out of control,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill was referring to the Comets not folding under pressure when an opposing team went on a scoring run.

Until recently, they had played with no mentally or physically toughness and as a result lost some winnable games. This happened in two games against San Diego City and one game versus MiraCosta. This game was different.

The game was marred by fouls. Both teams committed almost 25 fouls apiece in the second half and Imperial Valley’s head coach was ejected for arguing a call.

“The referees let the game get out of hand and tried to get control of the game by calling everything,” O’Neill said. “It was an ugly game, but a win is a win.

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