Another unbeaten week for basketball
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Men’s and women’s basketball seasons are now well underway as the men finished up two games this week, while the women had their first game since their road trip to Oregon.
The men entered the week with a 2-0 record going into Tuesday’s clash with La Sierra University. It was a physical start as both sides struggled to score early on. The Warriors and the Golden Eagles were all tied at nine apiece for the first six-and-a-half minutes before the Golden Eagles went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes. Settling into a groove, the Warriors gradually clawed their way back from the seven-point deficit with a couple threes by Gerry Karczewski.
Solid play by freshman Ben Okhotin near the end of the first-half helped the Warriors maintain the lead with the score of 39-35. After taking that lead in the first-half, Westmont never looked back as they maintained their composure by hitting clutch free-throws and staving off La Sierra’s late push. The final score was 81-70.
“Our two senior guards Jerry Karczewski and Sean Harman played well and led us to victory,” said Westmont Head Coach John Moore. Karczewski finished with 22 points and five rebounds, while Harman had 15 points and two steals.
Following Tuesday’s win, the Warriors took on the University of Redlands Bulldogs on Saturday. Westmont got out to a quick start, but the sharp shooting by the Bulldogs kept the lead within single digits. Both teams had an early offensive rhythm making for a high scoring first-half 43-36. At the start of the second half, the Warriors came charging in with David Gunn’s three-point play.
However, the shooters on Redlands caught fire, closing the gap to within three points with 16 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs continued to apply the pressure, chipping away at Westmont’s lead until they took their first lead of the game at 66-65 with nine minutes remaining. Unfazed, the Warriors managed to snatch the lead back and extend the margin.
With two minutes left and the score at 84-81, a pump-fake behind the three-point line by Karczewski sent his defender flying into him and drawing the foul. Karczewski made all three free-throws, thus stopping Redlands’s momentum and giving Karczewski a total of 34 points and an eye opening 14 for 14 from the line. Again, the Warriors came out on top with a final score of 91-85.
Soon after the men finished, the women were set to play La Sierra University. Westmont’s offense was clicking early as they started off on a 9-0 run. Morgan Haskin and Lauren McCoy dominated the paint in the first quarter, giving Westmont a comfortable 31-8 lead.
The Warriors inside-outside game continued in the second quarter with Lauren Tsuneishi and Shelbi McKay both hitting threes and Madison Kast, Haskin, and McCoy taking over in the paint.
Westmont had no trouble holding onto the lead as they went on to 84-35. The Warriors height proved to be a formidable foe against La Sierra as they out rebounded the Golden Eagles 52-29. Haskin finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
The next game for the women is against rival Azusa Pacific University tonight (Tuesday) as the Warriors look to beat them for the third straight year. The Westmont men next play Westcliff University on Thursday.