Climbing up the Standings
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Two pivotal Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) matchups for both the Westmont men’s and women’s basketball teams last week. Both teams picked up two wins apiece.
The Warriors first squared off against Hope International University on Thursday. For the women, both schools were coming into this game with a 4-1 record in conference play. Westmont, however, had the better overall record of 11-4.
The Warriors got off to a quick start taking the first quarter by storm with the score being 24-8. They never looked back, cruising to a 70-50 win. Maud Ranger led the way on offense with 20 points, six for eleven on three pointers. Lauren McCoy had 14 points along with seven rebounds, and Joy Krupa contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.
The men’s game was a fight right from the tip-off. The Warriors took an early lead, but a late run by the Royals ended the half in their favor with score of 42-36. The second half was just as physical as the first half, but the officials began calling the game closer leading to some foul trouble for a couple of players on both sides. The Warriors made a late push to even up the game at 73 apiece, but the game was forced the game into overtime.
Hope took an early lead in the first couple minutes of OT, but the Warriors crept back with a layup by Zac Jervis evening the score at 80 with less than a minute remaining. With seconds ticking away, Sean Harman’s three for the win bounced off and led to a desperation scramble down court for the Royals. Kenny Barnes of Hope International threw up a lob to a teammate, but Olisa Nwachie swatted it away leading to a second overtime. Another even five minutes of basketball was played until a key rebound and free-throw by Kyle Scalmanini sealed the deal as the Warriors won this thriller, 88-84.
Jervis finished the game with a monstrous 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Nwachie was close behind with 24 points, 13 boards and three blocked shots. David Gunn (11) and Scalmanini (10) also scored in double figures for the Warriors.
Then on Saturday, the Vanguard Lions rolled into Murchison Gym. The women were ranked number 2 in the NAIA and had a 14-2 overall record. It was a lopsided game from the beginning as the twelfth ranked Warriors took an early lead in the first quarter and only added to the lead as the game went on. The bulk of the Warriors offense came from Lauren McCoy with 18 points and 13 rebounds, Lauren Tsuneishi with 15 points (5-9 on threes) and four assists, and Jae Ferrin with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lock down defense by the Warriors led to a mere 26 percent shooting by the Lions. The final score was 73-38.
Coming off of Thursday’s long, but exciting victory, fatigue was a question for the men. Both schools traded blows in the first half and neither side had a true advantage over the other. During the second half, the Warriors offense poured it on as they outscored the Lions 56-31 leading to an outright victory of 89-59. Ben Okhotin led the way with 18 points and Nwachie added 12 more along with eight rebounds.
Next Thursday, the men and women hit the road as they take on Menlo, as they both hope to improve upon