Story and Photo by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
ORANGE, Calif. — No. 20 College of the Canyons dropped its opening round California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional playoff matchup vs. No. 13 Santiago Canyon College 99-73 on Wednesday, bringing the Cougars' season to an end.
COC (14-13, 5-3) trailed by eight points heading into halftime but couldn't keep pace with the Hawks (19-9, 6-6), who shot a combined 55.9 percent from the field in the second half.
The Cougars received a big game from freshman Anthony Simone, who finished the night with 24 points on an 8-of-12 shooting performance.
Jacob Lilley netted 15 points, five assists and four rebounds and Michael Kalu was next with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Robert Moss also added 11 points while Jude Agbasi came off the bench to score 10.
Canyons finished the year as runner up in the Western State Conference (WSC), South Division after falling to conference champion West L.A. College in the regular season finale.
COC posted a 5-3 record over its final 10 contests heading into the postseason.
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