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Palomar men’s basketball finishes as champs

The Palomar College Comet’s men’s basketball team celebrated their sophomores players (Jeremy Franklin, James Sampson, and K.J. Houston) at the Feb. 13, 2015 game versus Imperial Valley College. Parents of the sophomores were presented with flowers during a half-time presentation in The Dome. The Comets beat Imperial Valley College 86-68. (Dirk Callum/The Telescope)

In a season that didn’t have a lot of expectations, the Comets men’s basketball team surprised a lot of people.

Finish with a winning record? Check.

Win their division? Check.

The only thing they didn’t accomplish was a spot in the SoCal Regional playoffs.

Coach John O’Neill and his men’s team finished with a 15-12 overall record (6-2 PCAC Northern Division), a step up from their 11-17 record last season, when they finished fourth in their division.

With leading scorer Jeremy Franklin being one of only three sophomores this season, the Comets didn’t play like a rookie squad, staying close in most of their games.

The Comets finished as co-PCAC Northern Division Champions with Mt. San Jacinto, but due to Mt. San Jacinto finishing with a better overall record (23-7), they got the nod to advance to the postseason instead of Palomar.

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Palomar men’s basketball finishes as champs