Men's Basketball: Pirates out pace Seahawks

OCC forces 28 turnovers and rallies behind three-point barrage to win home game Friday night.

November 16, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — It takes a village to run Orange Coast College men's basketball coach Steve Spencer's system, but it was the Pirates ability to be productive from the suburbs that was perhaps the difference Friday night.

OCC connected on six of eight three-point shots in the second half to break open a tight game and claim a 79-61 nonconference win over visiting Los Angeles Harbor.

It was the first win in three games this season for OCC, which used three three-pointers during a 16-0 run that turned a 44-43 deficit into a 59-44 cushion over a span of a just less than four minutes.


With the Seahawks going just more than seven minutes without a field goal, OCC extended the lead to 67-48 with 6:11 left, then cruised home in its only preconference home game.

Sophomore Jo Jo Trinidad made four of five three-point tries after halftime to account for his 12 points, while five other Pirates converted one three-pointer each.

Sophomore Marquis Ransom, was one of the three-point snipers, but he did most of his damage slashing to the basket on his way to a game-high 19 points. Ransom was five for seven from the field and sank eight of 10 foul shots to lead a balanced OCC attack, for which 13 of 18 participants scored.

The substitutions came early and often for the hosts, as is typical under Spencer.

"You play for 30 seconds and you play your [butt] off," Spencer said. "Then, you come out of the game."

OCC's relentless defensive pressure forced 28 turnovers, though the Pirates committed 23.

After surging to a 33-26 advantage in the final minute of the first half, OCC saw the Seahawks end the first half on a 4-0 run, then score the first seven points in the first 46 seconds after the break to take a 37-33 advantage..

"When we backed off ... terrible," Spencer said. "We still have to develop that full-court mentality of defense and rebounding."

But the Pirates rebounded in terms of intensity, often frustrating the Seahawks.

"I thought [freshman reserve guard] Matt Nuthall gave us some good energy and [freshman starter Chris Nelson] gave us some good energy, defensively," Spencer said. "And then Jo Jo hit those four big threes for us. [Trinidad] finally followed through and stepped up as a sophomore and buried them."

Spencer also credited the play of freshman Billy Nguyen, who had four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two points in 16 minutes off the bench.

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