Men's basketball cruises to win over La Sierra
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On Saturday night, Westmont’s #23 Men’s Basketball team (who are currently 3-1 overall) defeated the La Sierra University Eagles, 99-68, at home in a non-conference match-up.
From the opening tip, the Warriors set the tone of the game by coming out strong, offensively and defensively. The Warriors managed to get a lead early on of 11-3, forcing La Sierra to call a timeout early in the game in an attempt to stop the Warriors’ momentum. However, the timeout was not effective because the Warriors still managed to keep their momentum and had a lead of at least 10 points throughout the entire first half. At the end of the first half, Westmont had a lead of 49-30 over La Sierra.
During the beginning of the second half, La Sierra cut the lead, but it did not last, as the Warriors ended up having a lead of over 20 points for the majority of the second half. After a free throw by senior Olisa Nwachie, a three by sophomore Gyse Hulsebosch, and a three point play by freshman Cade Roth, the lead extended to 68-41. The Warriors did not reduce their level of intensity at all, even when they had a big lead. The Warriors ended up winning the game 99-68.
Sophomore Kyle Scalmanini led the team with 19 points, Nwachie had 14, freshman Matthew Schmidt had 12, and senior Matt Ramon had 11. Senior Desean Scott led the team with nine rebounds, while junior Jordan Spaschak had six. Nwachie led the team with six assists, while both Scalmanini and Hulsebosch contributed five assists.
“I think we came out the first five minutes of the game and the set the tempo on defense!” said Ramon.
“We have to continue to start games together offensively and defensively. We need to limit turnovers.”
He added that, “Personally, I need to keep working hard on defense and run the floor. Collectively, we need to trust each other.”
(This article was written before the Hope International Classic in Fullerton, where Westmont played Saint Katherine on Monday and Nebraska Christian on Tuesday.)