Shawn Lathan Receives Honorable Mention by PCAC
By Tom Saxe
San Diego City College basketball player Martin Thomas, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the Neil Edwards Classic at Citrus College over the weekend, has been honored as Men’s Athlete of the Week in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Thomas, the Knights’ 5-foot-10 sophomore point guard from San Diego High School, dropped in the game-winning free throw with one second to play in a 66-65 opening-round victory over 2012-13 state runner-up Chaffey on Friday. He sparked City College with seven assists and four steals in the game. Thomas came back on Saturday with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Knights knocked off Orange Coast 66-52 in the semifinals.
On Sunday, he helped the Knights beat Sierra 77-64 in the championship game with nine points, 11 assists and four steals.
Honorable mention selections were basketball players Dwayne Benjamin (Mt. San Jacinto), the PCAC Men’s Athlete of the Week two weeks ago, Caleb Singleton (City College), Shawn Latham (Southwestern) and Mark Ogden (Grossmont).
Benjamin, a 6-foot-6 guard from Northland High School in Lafayette, Indiana who signed early with the University of Oregon, burned College of the Desert with 38 points and 13 rebounds in only 27 minutes as the Eagles advanced to 6-1 on the season, winning their home opener 103-74.
Singleton, a 6-foot-6 freshman swing man from Sparta High School in Sparta, Michigan, scored 15 points in City’s victory over Chaffey. He came off the bench with 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in their win over Orange Coast. And he had 17 points and seven rebounds in the championship-game win against Sierra.
Lathan, a 6-foot-5 freshman forward from Hoover High School, scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as Southwestern came from behind to beat host Palomar 68-56 in the championship semifinals of the 9th Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. The Jaguars, who opened the tournament with a 62-58 win over Fullerton, advanced to the finals where they dropped a 69-47 decision to Saddleback.
Ogden, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Steele Canyon High, had 14 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals as Grossmont downed El Camino 62-48 in their home opener.