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Basketball teams are making history with hot starts on, and off, the court

Story by Misty Bouse. Photos by Jaden Coleman.

This is an exciting time to be a Panther at Portland Community College.

PCC’s women and men’s basketball teams are undefeated (2-0) in Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) play. The women’s team is undefeated at 12-0 overall this season and the men (10-3) are coming off a five-game winning streak. 

#10 forward for PCC Panthers goes for the hoop.

Star forward Iris Cubit is a key player for the 12-0 Panthers.

The men’s squad, under first-year head coach Cameron Mitchell, is not only winning but leading the conference in scoring, averaging 100 points a game.

“The Panthers play at a tempo that is incredibly fun to watch and very difficult for teams to adjust to,” said Athletic Director Tony Broadous. “And, our women’s team is off to a start never seen before in the history of PCC. Head Coach Graham McFall has accumulated a team full of multi-talented players who not only play well together but lock down on defense and execute extremely effectively. And equally as impressive, they have an overall team average GPA of 3.6.

“This is truly a special year,” he added. 

A Panther fan favorite, 6-foot, 2-inch top-scorer, sophomore forward Iris Cubit from Brisbane, Australia, averages 11.2 points per game and is a force in the paint. 

The Panther men are led by 6-0 freshman guard Jahvari Martino from Gresham’s Sam Barlow High School, who leads the NWAC in scoring at 20.8 points per game. He also has a robust 3.6 grade-point average this past fall term.

For more information on PCC athletics, visit its webpage, or learn more about the Cascade Campus.