Chaffey (28-7), was seeded fourth in the Southern California Regional, and lost last year in the first round as the No. 3 seed. Compton (21-9) was seeded 13th. “They played well. They did a nice job,” Chaffey coach Jeff Klein said. “We usually try to wear down the opponent, and tonight we didn’t.” RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Fresno will have to wait for another year. The Chaffey College men’s basketball team suffered its second straight first-round loss in the state playoffs, this time squandering an eight-point second-half lead in an 87-77 loss to Compton on Saturday night at Sicosky Gym. In fact, Chaffey looked more worn down than Compton at the end, due in part to key players Bobby Kovach and Jamar Berry both being sick. Berry tied for team-high honors with 16 points, but scored only four points in the second half. “You could tell he didn’t have anything left,” Klein said. The Tartars had plenty left, even after falling behind 58-50 on an Isaac Segovia basket with 12:28 to play. Compton, which attacked the basket all night, got a three-point play from Jeremy Lightfoot with 7:41 to play that gave the Tartars their first lead of the second half, 65-64. Moments later, Compton went on an 8-0 run to go up 73-66 with 5:19 to play and put the Panthers in catchup mode. Chaffey struggled from 3-point range in the second half, hitting only two of 11 3-pointers. “There was a time when we were down five, and if Alwyn (Jordan, 10 points) makes his 3-pointer, we’re down two,” Klein said. “But he didn’t, and they came back and scored.” It was a different story than the first time the teams met, way back in November which Chaffey won 101-87. “The first time we played them, we hadn’t really scouted them,” Compton coach Allen Caveness said. “They’re a tough team because you can’t have any lapses against their constant pressure.” Compton’s Justin Carter and Wayne Andrews were an unstoppable combination in the second half. Carter had 16 of his 25 points after halftime (to go along with 10 rebounds), and Andrews 12 of his 23 points after intermission and added 11 rebounds. “Against Chaffey, there’s a lot of ebbs and flows,” Caveness said. “You have to stay with the gameplan.” Compton had two other factors working in its favor. The first was a strong Compton crowd that traveled to Rancho Cucamonga. “I thought we were playing in their gym,” Klein said. The second was the disrespect the Tartars felt after getting a 13th seed. “We didn’t feel like there was a nine-seed difference between us and Chaffey,” Caveness said. Compton came out with energy at the start, scoring the game’s first 10 points and leading by as many as 11 in the opening five minutes. The Panthers took their first lead of the first half with 8:02 to play in the half, before opening up a 45-41 halftime lead. Segovia scored three 3-pointers in the first half and tied Berry in team-high scoring honors with 16. CHAFFEY-MT. SAC WOMEN It was the Panthers who had given Mt. San Antonio College it’s closest win of the season, a 54-50 victory in the Mounties’ fourth game of the season. Ultimately, it was the Panthers whose season ended against No. 1 seed Mt. SAC. The host Mounties dominated play from the outset and led 40-7 at halftime on their way to a 68-31 win in the second round of the Southern California Regional tournament. “Our energy was really good tonight,” 12th-year coach Laura Beeman said. “We jumped on them pretty quickly. I’m really proud of the way we got after them.” An energized Mt. SAC team, coming off a first-round bye, turned up the pressure against the Panthers and scored the last 14 points of the first half. Sophomore forward Chari Smith scored a game-high 12 points and sophomore guard Tay Hester added 10 for the Mounties (33-1), who will host No. 8 seed Antelope Valley, a team they’ve already beaten this season, on Saturday at 7 p.m. “Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve really worked on our defense and our rotations,” Beeman said. “Our ball pressure was really good.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!