Warriors take second at Rose City tournament

Pasadena City College played hosted the 15th Annual Rose City Classic in which the Warriors finished second.

The Warriors’ first opponent in the tournament was the Taft College Cougars in which they dominated in a blowout win 77-55.

The matchup was very tight at the end of first half with the Warriors leading by a slim margin of only four points.

However, in the second half the Warriors turned the heat up defensively against the Cougars and forced them to commit 13 turnovers during the second half.

“I was pleased with our performance,” coach Steve Shaw said. “ We played really well with this being our first tournament.”

As the Warriors defense stopped Tafts offense cold, the El Camino players ignited for 46 points and holding Taft to only 28 points in the second half.

Warriors Guard, Faith Matsuda shot 6-for-12, including 15 points from the 3-point territory. Freshman Forward, Shontalene Trudeau nearly posted a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

“We are a balanced team so far where on any given night you don’t know who will step up and five us a spark.” Shaw said.

In El Camino’s second game of the tournament, the Warriors battled Pasadena City College.

El Camino ended a 24-game losing drought against the Lancers in which they haven’t won a game against since 1996.

The Warriors came out scorching hot, jumping out to a 37-23 first half lead. They maintained the lead to beat the Lancers 75-62.

“ A lot of our offensive capability is afactor of what we do on the defensive end,” Shaw said.

The Warriors, as a team shot 50 percent on 58 field goals attempts. The defense held Pasadena to 29 percent from the field and only 21 percent from the 3-point line.

El Camino offense this game was predicated on how well they passed the ball with 19 assists for the game.

Sydney Chase had her fingerprints all over this game, coming of the bench was 5-for-13 shooting scoring 14 points, 12 of her points came from the 3-point line. Warriors Forward, Clarizzah Macatugal was 2 points shy of a double-double scoring 8-points and snatching down a game-high 13 rebounds.

The tournament title was on the line as the Warriors squared off against Long Beach City College. The Warriors fought hard through out the entire matchup, even being out front in the first half 35-32.

“We’re not as good as we need to be to accomplish, what we want to accomplish, but I’m pleased so far,” Shaw said. “It’s a good start.

It was a seesaw battle with both teams exchanging leads 11 times and both teams looking for an advantage.
Eventually, the Vikings pulled away late, and the Warriors ultimately fell to Long Beach 71-61.

Matsuda lead the way with 12 points all coming from 3-point land. Trudeau chimed in with 8 points and coming down with 8 rebounds. Chase scored 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting, three of her field goals came from the 3-point line.

Faith Matsuda was named to the All-Tournament Team for her stellar play in the this years’ tournament.

“I was very humbled for receiving the individual, but either one of us could’ve won because I think we all played well,” Matsuda said.

The team will look to continue their fast start when travels to Orange Coast College to take part in their tournament.

The team will face the Palomar in the first game and take on the host Orange Coast College in the second game.