Cuyamaca College Basketball
||Game Recap 2013-14 Season
Cuyamaca -- After losing to Southwestern for a
second time last Friday, Cuyamaca was eliminated from playoff
consideration. However, as they traveled to Imperial Valley
the Coyotes were trying to secure a tie for second place in the new
PCAC South division. The Coyotes jumped out to an early lead
behind back to back three point shots by Shane Dillon (6 pts & 2
assists). Unfortunately for the Coyotes, Dillon suffered an
ankle sprain that would knock him out of the game. Tim Pace (9
pts) led the scoring and helped the Coyotes tie the score at the
half 30-30. In the second half, IVC began with a 8-0 run.
Garrett Larch-Miller (15 pts & 9 rebs) helped cut the lead to 48-53
with four minutes to play. When Terrence Cole (10 pts & 6
assists) was fouled with 25 seconds to play, his two made free
throws gave the Coyotes a 56-55 lead. The Coyotes tried to
trap IVC's pick and roll. IVC drove the ball after the trap
and found their post player inside. Manny Hernandez (7 rebs)
blocked his shot with 3 seconds to play. The ball bounded into
an IVC players hands and his 5 foot hook shot gave them a 57-56 lead
with one second to play.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes traveled to Mira Costa
to play their last cross over PCAC game. Cuyamaca had
struggled at Mira Costa in the recent years. The Coyotes got
off to a fast start behind Tim Pace (15 pts), Shane Dillon (13 pts)
and an aggressive Tyrone Huiett (9 pts). Cuyamaca played
excellent defense, shared the ball and completely controlled the
tempo in the first half to take an impressive 39-17 lead into
intermission. The Coyotes knew that Mira Costa would make a
run in the first five minutes of the second half so they would need
to continue to play smart, aggressive and together.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, Mira Costa hit 5 three point shots in
the first 6 minutes of the half to cut the lead in half. The
Coyotes got in foul trouble, stopped rotating on defense and allowed
the Mira Costa press to speed them up. Dillon found Jeff
Bartley (19 pts) on a post score to push the Coyote lead to 64-56
with 7 minutes to play. The Coyotes fouled Mira Costa who made
their free throws while Cuyamaca began missing critical free throws.
After a Mira Costa 3 point shot cut the Cuyamaca lead to 72-70 with
55 seconds to play, the Coyotes would need to handle the press and
make their free throws. Sophomore guards Terrence Cole (9 pts)
and Garrett Larch-Miller (9 pts) went 6 for 6 from the free throw
line to help the Coyotes clinch a 78-70 victory.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (3-3) faced off at
Southwestern in a battle for second place in the PCAC South
division. The last time the Coyotes faced Southwestern,
Southwestern had 20 offensive rebounds for 21 points. The
Coyotes game plan was to box-out, rebound and play solid team
defense. At the 12 minute mark in the first half, the Coyotes
were leading 14-13 and executing their two goals. Then for the
next 7 minutes the Coyotes could not score and allowed Southwestern
to dominate the boards and score easy driving shots. Garrett
Larch-Miller (14 pts) made a FG at the 4:48 mark to end the 20-0
Southwestern run. The Coyotes cut the lead to 27-44 behind
Terrence Cole (18 pts) and Jeff Bartley (15 pts) at half. The
first 5 minutes of the second half would be crucial for the Coyotes.
Although the effort and defensive intensity increased in the second
half, the Coyotes could not make any shots. For the game,
Cuyamaca made 16 FG's while Southwestern made 31. Coyotes lose
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (2-3) played their last
home game of the 2013-14 season against SD Mesa. This would be
the last home game for sophomores Terrence Cole, Garrett
Larch-Miller, Manny Hernandez & Jeff Bartley. In the first 5
minutes, the Coyotes jumped out to a 14-6 lead behind Shane Dillon
(15 pts & 9 rebs) and Tim Pace (7 pts & 6 rebs). After Jeff
Bartley (17 pts) made two free throws, Cuyamaca led 43-31 at
halftime. The Coyotes made a season high six 3 point shots in
the first half. Unlike the last four games, the Coyotes
continued to play solid team defense in the second half and
stretched their lead to double digits. SD Mesa cut the lead to
eight points (65-57) with 7 minutes to play. A backdoor layup
by Terrence Cole (23 pts) snapped the drought for the Coyotes.
Manny Hernandez (8 pts & 10 rebs) and Dillon secured the rebounds
down the stretch as the Coyotes stretched their lead to 20 points by
shooting 84% from the free throw line. Coyotes finish off
their home schedule with an impressive 86-66 win.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (2-2) had a home game
against PCAC South Division leader San Diego City College (4-0).
This game would be pivotal if the Coyotes had any chance of winning
their division. In the first half, the Coyotes controlled the
tempo and played solid defense despite not shooting well from the
floor. After SD City hit a late 3 point shot, the Coyotes
trailed only 27-32 behind a balanced attack where eight of the
Coyotes nine players scored. In the second half, SD City
pressed the Coyotes who not only turned the ball over but shot quick
shots to speed up the tempo. SD City began making 3 point
shots (13 for the game, 10 in the second half). The Coyotes
stopped playing defense and stopped sharing the ball. Coyotes
get blown out 66-93.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes hosted Grossmont in
front of a packed gym. Cuyamaca played excellent defense in
the first half and took a 31-24 lead with 2 minutes to play in the
first half behind Terrence Cole (17 pts), Tim Pace (10 pts) and
Garrett Larch-Miller (13 pts). However, Grossmont made a late
run that included a last second 3 point shot to cut the Coyote lead
to 35-32. In the second half, the Coyotes defense gave
Grossmont easy shots and the Coyotes went cold from the floor to
allow Grossmont to take a 41-48 lead. The Coyotes tied the
game at 58 behind the hot hand of Jeff Bartley (10 pts) and Cole.
The Coyotes then allowed the same Grossmont player to hit back to
back three point shots. The Coyotes pressed and cut the lead
to 65-66. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they could not score
on their last three possessions and lost 65-70.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes traveled to the 3rd
ranked team in the state, Mt. San Jacinto, with the hope of pulling
off an upset. The Coyotes went toe to toe with Mt. San Jacinto
and trailed only 6-10 at the halfway mark of the first half.
By boxing out and rebounding, the Coyotes limited Mt. San Jax to
only 3 offensive rebounds in the first half. When Terrence
Cole (8 pts & 3 assists) made a three point shot at the halftime
buzzer, the Coyotes only trailed 24-28. The Coyotes continued
to play solid defense and keep the Mt. San Jacinto crowd quiet.
Within 5 minutes of halftime, the Coyotes took a 37-32 lead behind
Jeff Bartley (16 pts & 5 rebs). Mt. San Jax went on a 18-5 run
by hurting the Coyotes on the offensive boards (13 second half
offensive rebounds). As the Coyotes fell behind, the
difference in the fouls began to increase with the Coyotes at one
point having 14 fouls to Mt. San Jax's 2. With 8 minutes to
play, the Coyotes trailed 42-50. They would need to make their
outside shots to get back into the game. Unfortunately, the
Coyotes continued to struggle from the three point arc (4/20 20%)
and allow the now energized crowd to get into their heads.
Coyotes lose 50-69.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (2-2) traveled to
Miramar to play them for a second time this season. The
Coyotes rocketed to a 25-10 lead behind the scoring of Manny
Hernandez (11 pts & 11 rebs), Tim Pace (8 pts) and Garrett
Larch-Miller (11 pts). However, foul trouble to Shane Dillon
(11 pts & 7 rebs) and Terrence Cole (11 pts) slowed the Coyotes who
took only a 3-point lead into halftime. In the 2nd half,
Miramar started with a 15-2 run to take the lead. The Coyotes
cut the lead to 5 points with 4 minutes to play but could not rally
due to their poor 3 point shooting (20%) and free throw shooting
(57%). Coyotes lose 65-76.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (2-2) hosted Palomar in
a cross-over PCAC game. These games do not effect the division
race and are considered pre-conference games. The Coyotes
jumped out to a 15 point lead behind Shane Dillon (24 pts & 10 rebs)
and Jeff Bartley (9 pts) to start the game. Palomar cut the
lead to six at intermission. In the second half, Palomar made
a run to take a 42-43 lead over the Coyotes with 7 minutes to play.
Fortunately for Cuyamaca, the Coyotes began making shots and play
tenacious defense. Behind Terrence Cole (18 pts & 8 assists)
and Garrett Larch-Miller (8pts & 4 assists), the Coyotes took the
lead and stretched it to double digits. Coyotes win 72-57.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (1-2) hosted Imperial
Valley in a pivotal PCAC South game. IVC entered the game with
a 2-1 record behind excellent guard play and three point shooting.
The Coyotes looked to improve on their poor rebounding performance
which hurt them against Southwestern the previous Wednesday.
In the first half, the Coyotes rebounded and played excellent
defense on their guards. The Coyotes took a 31-23 lead into
halftime behind the scoring of Manny Hernandez (12 pts). In
the second half, The Coyotes stretched their lead to eight points
with 12 minutes to play behind a balanced offensive attack.
However, the Coyotes started missing shots and allowed IVC to score
on drives to the basket and uncontested 3 point shots. With 44
seconds to play IVC tied the game at 65 on a 3 point shot. The
Coyotes ran a play and got a good shot but missed. IVC had the
ball with 24 seconds to play. The Coyotes decided to press IVC
for only the third time of the game. Garrett Larch-Miller (13
points) made an unbelievable steal and subsequent assist to a
streaking Jeff Bartley (13 pts) to give the Coyotes a two point
lead. IVC would get one last chance to win the game when they
drove the ball and kicked for a game winning three as the buzzer
sounded. Fortunately for the Coyotes, it was off line.
Cuyamaca wins a nail bitter 67-65.
Cuyamaca -- The Coyotes (1-1) hosted
Southwestern in their second home game of the season (last home game
was two months ago). The Coyotes road the hot hand of Shane
Dillon (14 pts & 9 rebs) to take a 29-27 lead into intermission.
The Coyotes stretched their lead to six points with six minutes to
play behind Tim Pace (10 pts & 3 assists). Southwestern
continued to hammer the offensive boards (21 offensive rebounds for
21 points) and score in transition (17 points). With the
Coyotes trailing by a single point, Jeff Bartley (16 pts) made a
backdoor layup on an inbounds play to give the Coyotes a 61-60 lead
with 30 seconds to play. The Coyotes fouled Southwestern and
watched them make two free throws to take a 61-62 lead. With 9
seconds left, Terrence Cole (11 pts & 5 assists) was fouled and made
both of his free throws. Southwestern pushed the ball and shot
a contested lay-up. Two Coyotes tried to tip the ball out of
the key but unfortunately watched it ricochet off the rim into a
Southwestern players hands. The player made a 8 foot half hook
shot to win the game with 1.8 seconds to play. The Coyotes
fall to 1-2 after a heart wrenching defeat.
San Diego Mesa -- The Coyotes (0-1) traveled to
San Diego Mesa (0-1) to play their second game in the PCAC South
Division. With only six games remaining in divisional play,
the loser of this game would be in a 0-2 hole with 25% of league
play finished. Mesa jumped out to a nine point lead by driving
to the basket and playing a zone. The Coyotes took good shots
against the zone in the first half but could not find their shooting
touch. A late run by the Coyotes was fueled by their full
court press and helped them tie the halftime score at 34. In
the second half, the Coyotes well balanced attack moved the ball and
penetrated both Mesa's zone and man to man defenses. The
Coyotes had a season high six players score 7 or more points.
They were led by Terrence Cole (22 pts), Tim Pace (12 pts), Garrett
Larch-Miller (12 pts), Shane Dillon (10 pts), Bilal Rahim (8 pts) &
Jeff Bartley (7 pts). The Coyotes were able to stretch their
lead to double digits by holding Mesa scoreless for over four
minutes. Coyotes win 77-66.
San Diego City -- The Coyotes traveled to San
Diego City College to begin PCAC play. Unlike other seasons,
the PCAC is now divided into two divisions - North & South - with
each division getting an automatic playoff bid for the champion.
SD City had the best non-PCAC South division record (9-6) entering
this game. In the first half, the Coyotes could not stop City
from making 3's (7/9 from 3pt 77% in the first half). However,
the Coyotes road the hot shooting hands of Shane Dillon (25 pts - 11
pts in the first half) and Terrence Cole (11 pts - all in the first
half). Even though the Coyotes trailed 37 - 42 at the half,
the team felt confident. After Garrett Larch-Miller (9 pts)
made back to back 3 pointers, the Coyotes erased their half time
deficit. The Coyotes stretched their lead to four points with
16 minutes to play before they began turning the ball over again(21
turnovers for the game). SD City stretched their lead to 12
points but Cuyamaca started getting stops and with 3 minutes to
play, the Coyotes missed a lay-up that would have cut the lead to
four points. The Coyotes could not make shots down the stretch
and lost 68-80.
Imperial Valley --
The Coyotes entered the Consolation Championship against fellow PCAC
college Miramar trying to take third place for the fourth time in as
many tournaments. The Coyotes would need to shoot better
against Miramar's sagging man to man defense to secure a win.
Early foul trouble to three Coyote starters allowed reserves Tim
Pace (13 pts) and AJ Santa Cruz (5 pts) to keep the Coyotes close in
first half trailing by a 29-32 score. In the second half, the
Coyotes took a 10 point lead behind Garrett Larch-Miller (13 pts)
and a balanced attack. However, the rest of the half saw the
Coyotes allow open looks for Miramar's shooters (10 3-pointers for
the game, 6 in the second half) while the Coyotes shot a dismal 18%
from the field in the second half. The Coyotes lose 58-63.
-- The Coyotes played Desert in a survival game - the winner stays
while the loser goes home. The Coyotes were looking to avenge
their defeat to Desert on Nov 13. The Coyotes trailed at half
29-30 and had a tough time attacking Deserts 2-3 zone. In the
second half, the Coyotes were able to take the lead and stretch it
to ten points behind Terrence Cole (25 pts & 8 rebs) and Shane
Dillon (16 pts, 7 rebs & 4 assists). However, Desert clawed
back into the game and led by a single point with 5 minutes to play.
The Coyotes were able to make their free throws (29-34 85%) and
secure a 69-65 win.
-- The Coyotes faced Glendale (Arizona) in the first round of the
Imperial Valley Tournament. The Coyotes were arriving after a
short break for Christmas to play this scholarship program from
Arizona. The Coyotes jumped out to a 12-4 lead behind Shane
Dillon (28 pts). However, the Coyotes went cold from the floor
(36% FG) and trailed 31-42 at the half. Glendale's lead
ballooned to 21 points but the Coyotes would make one final run to
cut the lead to 7 points with less than two minutes to play.
The Coyotes had two chances to cut the lead but did not convert.
Coyotes lose 70-79.
Glendale -- The Coyotes
Glendale -- The Coyotes
Glendale -- The Coyotes
Santa Ana -- The Coyotes
Irvine Valley -- The
Coyotes faced Long Beach (3-3) in the 3rd place game of the Irvine
Valley Tournament. The Coyotes looked to rebound after their
poor performance against Cerritos. Long Beach played a zone
against the Coyotes for the entire first half. This would be
the first time the Coyotes faced a zone for an extended period of
time this season. Terrence Cole (15 pts & 4 assists) and AJ
Santa Cruz (2 assists) found Shane Dillon (16 pts, 16 rebs & 4
assists) on two lob dunks during the half to help the Coyotes secure
a 29-28 lead at halftime. In the second half, Long Beach
switched to a man defense. The Coyotes played an excellent
first 12 minutes by sharing the ball and running their offense to
stretch their lead to a commanding 17 points behind Garrett
Larch-Miler (17 pts) and Jeff Barley (16 pts). However, the
Coyotes got loose with the ball and started fouling the penetrating
Long Beach players. With one minute left, the Coyotes were
desperately holding on to a five point lead. On the next play
the Coyotes inbounded the ball and in a stroke of luck lost the ball
and watched the ball hit off a Coyote players foot and then bounce
off a Long Beach players foot to go out of bounds. The Coyotes
then got the ball in and made their free throws down the stretch to
win 71-63. Shane Dillon made the All-Tournament team.
Irvine Valley -- The
Coyotes faced Cerritos in the winners bracket. Cerritos
entered this game as one of the top five teams in Southern
California. The Coyotes would have to play the same help
defense as they did against Santa Monica and execute their offense
against an athletic team who play a pressure defense. The
Coyotes fell behind 0-9 to start the game and struggled to slow the
Cerritos fast break (48 pts for the game). Trailing by 24
points at half, the Coyotes would need to make a major run to begin
the second half to get back into the game. Unfortunately it
was Cerritos who put on a 25-10 run to begin the second half.
The Coyotes lose 50-87.
Irvine Valley -- The
Coyotes faced an undefeated Santa Monica (3-0) team in the first
round of the Irvine Valley Tournament. After two losses the
previous week, the Coyotes focused their preparation on improving
their help defense and sharing the basketball on offense.
Although the Coyotes trailed 21-32 at half, their defense slowed
Santa Monica's offense while on offense the Coyotes assisted on all
eight first half field goals. In the second half, the Coyotes
clawed their way back into the game behind Jeff Bartley (16 pts & 6
rebs) and executing their offense. Shane Dillon (10 pts) found
Aaron Heuslein (6 pts) at the top of the key to tie the game with a
three pointer. After Santa Monica hit a three, Garrett
Larch-Miller (12 pts & 3 assists) made another three point shot to
tie the game. Dominique Watkins (4 pts & 3 assists) had a crucial
"and one" to give the Coyotes a three point lead. Then Jeff
Bartley made a big basket and when Terrence Cole (6 pts, 8 rebs & 4
assists) drained a three pointer with 30 seconds left the Coyotes
secured the win. Coyotes win 70-66.
College of the Desert
-- The Coyotes traveled 3 hours to play in Palm Desert against the
College of the Desert. The Coyotes jumped to a 5-0 lead behind
Shane Dillon (14 pts). However, the Coyotes defense was
sluggish and could not stop COD's fast break (28 pts) and driving
attack (12 pts). Trailing 37-47 at halftime, the Coyotes were
able to cut the deficit to five points with seven minutes to play.
COD hit back to back 3 point shots to stretch their lead to double
digits. The Coyotes pressed and fouled to try to mount a
comeback but COD made their free throws to give the Coyotes a 79-98
loss. The Coyotes were led by Terrence Cole (13 pts & 5
assists), Garrett Larch-Miller (13 pts & 4 assists), Tim Pace (9
pts), Bilal Rahim (7 pts & 4 blocks), Manny Hernandez (10 pts),
Tyrone Huiett (9 rebs) and Aaron Heuslein (4 assists).
College of the Canyons
-- The Coyotes looked to bounce back from their poor first game
performance against an athletic East LA team in the Consolation
Championship of the Canyons Tournament. The game started at
11am and although the Coyotes appeared mentally ready, their
shooting was still asleep. The Coyotes trailed 5-20 to start
the game. After a timeout, the Coyotes began to make shots and
stifle East LA with their zone defense. At the half, the
Coyotes only trailed 32-35 despite 19 turnovers. The Coyotes
competed with East LA and matched them in the rebounding total (38).
However, while the Coyotes shot 44% from the field, their defense
held East LA to 26% shooting. Trailing by 3 points with 8
minutes to play, Terrence Cole (13 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assists & 4
steals) made an "and one" to tie the score. On the next
possession, Shane Dillon's (11 pts, 6 rebs & 5 blocks) driving layup
put the Coyotes up by two. With Bilal Rahim (5 rebs & 2
blocks), Manny Hernandez (8 pts) and Tyrone Huiett (4 rebs) playing
excellent zone defense, the Coyotes stopped East LA's from scoring.
After Garrett Larch-Miller (18 pts & 4 steals) found Aaron Heuslein
on a fast break layup with 3 minutes to play, the Coyotes led by 6
points and pulled away down the stretch to secure a 70-60 victory.
College of the Canyons
-- The Coyotes began the 2013-14 season playing in the College
of Canyons "Clash of the Canyons" Tournament against host Canyons.
With only two returning players from last season's team, the 10 new
Coyotes would be representing Cuyamaca College for the first time.
In the first half, the Coyotes displayed obvious first game nerves
and allowed 8 points on offensive rebounds, 6 points on out of
bounds plays and committed 12 turnovers. Although trailing
26-34 at the half, the Coyotes matched Canyons intensity and played
together in the first half. However, in the beginning of the
second half the Coyotes lost their focus, intensity and team first
attitude. They trailed by 20 points at the 15 minute mark.
Even though the Coyotes cut the lead to 13 points with 8 minutes to
play, the Coyotes could not stop their cold shooting (FG 31%) and a
50-72 loss. The Coyotes were led by Tim Pace (12 pts & 6 rebs).