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The Westmont men’s basketball team played their last regular season game of the year on Thursday, as the Warriors wrapped up their conference schedule at home against Life Pacific. After widening the lead in the first half, Life Pacific closed the gap to one before halftime with a 12-5 run to end the half.
The Warriors found themselves down by 10 with nine minutes to play in the second half, but got a much needed spark from Senior Desean Scott. After a dunk and a dive on the floor for a loose ball, the senior forward ejected some life into the team going into a timeout. Following the time out, Westmont proceeded to go on a 12-3 run to cut it to a one possession game. Key buckets by Kyle Scalmanini and Olisa Nwachie down the stretch kept the game close and the Warriors exploded to take a nine-point lead with four minutes remaining. Once again Life Pacific would close the gap and stay in the game, but the Warriors held on to the lead and won the game by a final score of 95-90.
Head Coach John Moore cited seniors DeSean Scott and Matt Ramon as reasons for the important win, saying: “If I had to give a game-ball, I’d give half to Matt Ramon and half to DeSean Scott.”
When asked about the big win, Matt Ramon said: “I approached the game with a ‘win or go home’ playoff mindset. I knew we had to win the battle on the rebounds so I tried to grab every one.” The senior hauled in 18 rebounds in the home victory.
With the regular season over, the men’s basketball team now turns its attention to the GSAC Tournament. The Warriors are seeded fifth and will play the fourth-seeded Arizona Christian Firestorm on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The GSAC Tournament is being hosted by William Jessup in Rocklin, CA.
“Now we are putting all our energy into preparing for the GSAC Tournament,” explained Scott.
“Arizona Christian is a good team, so we have to be on our A game if we want to beat them, but from what I’ve been seeing in practice I think we are ready and I can’t wait to get out to Rocklin.”
Ramon added, “I believe we have all the right pieces to win a GSAC Championship and to compete in the national tournament.”