Depth on display
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The #12 Westmont men’s basketball team only graduated one senior from last season’s team. The Warriors’ deep rotation of returning players keyed two dominating victories last week, a 90-49 rout of La Sierra on Thursday and a 91-59 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.
In the win over La Sierra, Olisa Nwachie led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, while three other Warriors reached double figure scoring - Sean Harman (14), Stefan Inouye (12), Sam Bentz (10).
Nwachie had a fast start, sinking contested jump shots and lighting up the highlight reel with two dunks and a block shot swatted out of bounds.
“I thought Olisa Nwachie was the best player on the court in the first half,” said Westmont Head Coach John Moore. “He just got the rest of the guys going... I thought Olisa really kept us in the game.”
The Warriors’ depth was on display, with 42 of their 90 points coming from bench players. Leading the second unit was Inouye, with his 12 points, three assists and three steals.
“Stef [Inouye], he had a near perfect game,” said Moore. “He took two charges, got to the basket, made the right pass at the right time, made shots. He was very, very special tonight.”
Moore also highlighted the play of Harman, who is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per game.
“I could talk about Sean [Harman] every single night,” said Moore. “What he does well are the unseen pieces...his rebounding, his ability to get hands on the ball.”
The Warriors converted 17 Golden Eagles’ turnovers into 25 points, while outscoring them 34-16 in the paint.
On Saturday, Westmont’s offense ran riot again, posting another 90+ point outing in route to a 32-point victory.
Jerry Karczewski led the Warriors with 15 points on 4-5 shooting from three, while Hayden Anderson and Cory Blau followed up with 14 and 13 apiece. Britton Williams led Westmont (8-1) with five assists.
“We shared the ball well on offense and played as a unit on defense,” said Karczewski.
The Warriors out-assisted the Sagehens 17-12 and kept their opponents under 60 points for the second consecutive game.
The Warriors outscored the Sagehens 40-10 in the paint. Westmont also had more points off turnovers, 27 compared to Pomona-Pitzer’s five, and second chance points, 17-2.
The Warriors’ bench contributed nicely again, scoring 35 points. Freshman Gage Shelmidine had seven points and three assists. 13 players played for Westmont and 12 scored points.
“We’re coming together as a team and clicking better, which makes it more fun playing with everyone,” said Harman.
Westmont, 3-0 at home, now hit the road for its Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) opener tomorrow (12/7) at The Master’s University at 7:30 p.m.
“I think if we lock in defensively and execute on offense, we will be really effective,” said Harman.