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Hawks Can't Complete Comeback, Fall to PLNU

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 31st, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team couldn’t complete a second half comeback on Tuesday night, falling at home to the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions 68-62.

The Hawks fall to 5-13 overall and 1-10 in the GSAC with the loss. PLNU moves to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in the GSAC. The loss is the eighth single digit loss this season for the Hawks.

SDC started out quickly, jumping up 8-0 within the first minute of the game. PLNU battled back with a 12-4 run to knot the game at 12-12 at the 13:56 mark. The Sea Lions went up and held a small advantage for much of the first half. The Hawks were able to tie the game at 28-28 on a Johnny Del Bene layup, but the Sea Lions used a 15-6 run to close out the first half with a 43-34 lead.

Both teams shot well in the first half, with SDC shooting 58.3% (14-24) and PLNU shooting 60.9% (14-23).

The Hawks started the second half the same way they started the game, going on an 11-4 run out of the gate to make it a one possession game at 47-45 with 16:18 left in the game. The Sea Lions kept the game just out of reach, until Arturo Prieto’s (pictured left) three pointer tied the game at 53-53 with 10:10 remaining.

The Sea Lions went back up and held the lead until SDC’s Keenan Patterson dialed up a three pointer of his own to tie the game at 60-60 with just over four minutes remaining. PLNU, however, was able to make their free throws down the stretch. Despite not making a field goal in the final 4:51, the Sea Lions were 8-8 from the charity stripe to close the game out.

The Hawks were led by Prieto and Patterson off the bench, combining for 20 points. The Sea Lions had three in double figures, including Jake Johnston off the bench with 19 points.

The Hawks made more field goals than the Sea Lions (23 for SDC opposed to 21 for the PLNU), but PLNU was 22-29 from the free throw line compared to 7-10 for SDC.

SDC hosts Westmont College on Saturday, February 4th with the game scheduled for a 7:30pm tip.

Lady Hawks Fall to Sea Lions

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 31st, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball couldn’t hold off a big second half from the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions, as the Lady Hawks fell 70-61 on Tuesday night.

The loss sends SDC to 16-7 overall and 5-6 in the GSAC. The Lady Sea Lions move to 14-9 overall and 5-6 in the GSAC. The result of the game puts both PLNU and SDC into a four-way tie in fourth place in the conference with Biola, and Fresno Pacific.

The Lady Hawks used a 13-2 run halfway through the first half to grab an eight point lead, when SDC’s Hannah Miller scored 11 points in a two minute span, including hitting three shots from beyond the arc. PLNU came back and was able to build their largest lead of the of the first half at 29-24, but SDC closed out the first half with a 9-3 run and Miller made a layup as time expired in the first half to send SDC into the locker room with the lead.

The first half was closely contested as there were seven ties and eight lead changes. Miller lifted the Lady Hawks with 18 first half points.

PLNU started the second half on an 11-2 run to take the lead. After SDC’s Brittany Robinson nailed a three pointer at the 11:42 mark to cut the Sea Lion lead to 49-44, PLNU rolled off a 13-2 run to take their biggest advantage at 62-46 with just over five minutes to play.

The Lady Hawks refused to give up, going on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to single digits with just under a minute left in the game. PLNU, however, knocked down free throws late and held on for the win.

SDC was led by Miller with 20 points for the Lady Hawks. Robinson added 11 points.

PLNU used a combined 54 points from Nyla Bailey and Crissa Jackson in the win.

The Lady Hawks shot 32.4% (24-74) from the field for the game, while PLNU shot 51.9% (27-52).

SDC hosts Westmont College on Saturday, February 4th with the game scheduled for a 5:30pm tip.

Hawks Fall to #10 Master's

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 28th, 2012 [box score]
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team continued its brutal schedule on Saturday, traveling to #10 The Master’s College. A slow start doomed the Hawks as TMC built a 31-14 lead at halftime en route to a 60-47 win.

The Hawks fall to 5-12 overall and 1-9 in the GSAC. TMC moves to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the GSAC.

Both teams struggled early, with TMC making the first basket of the game at the 16:56 mark. The Mustangs advanced their lead to 13-4 with 10:47 remaining before half. On the ensuing possession, SDC’s Keenan Patterson drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to 13-7. That is the closest SDC would be the remainder of the game. TMC closed out the final ten minutes of the half on a 18-7 run and took a 31-14 lead in the locker room.

The Hawks shot only 27.3% (6-22) in the first half while TMC shot 44.8% (13-29).

SDC put together a much better second half, outscoring the Mustangs 33-29, including an 18-6 run to end the game. But in the end, it was not enough to overcome the large deficit.

The Hawks were led by Benji Arvizu with 12 points on 6-11 shooting. Calvin Seaberry grabbed 8 rebounds off the bench.

Mike Harmon scored 16 points to pace TMC while Anthony Cammon and Leif Karlberg had 11 points each.

SDC continues GSAC play on Tuesday, January 31st at home against Point Loma Nazarene. Tip is scheduled for 5:30pm.

Lady Hawks Win on Robinson's Buzzer Beater

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 28th, 2012 [box score]
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a dominant first half and last second heroics from Senior Brittany Robinson to take a crucial 62-61 victory over The Master’s College on Saturday night.

The win moves the Lady Hawks to 16-6 overall and 5-5 in the GSAC. TMC falls to 9-13 overall and 2-8 in the GSAC.

More importantly, the victory moves SDC from a four way tie in the conference into sole possession of fourth place. In addition, SDC is now one win away from tying the single season record for wins (17 in 99-00).

“We really stressed starting off the second round of GSAC play right,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We knew we needed to step up our defensive effort.”

SDC jumped out quickly, going on a 14-4 run over the first five minutes of the game. The Lady Hawks held a double figure lead for the rest of the first half, even stretching the lead to 31-15, before heading into halftime up 33-20.

The second half saw TMC get right back into the game with a 13-1 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to cut the SDC lead to 34-33. The Lady Hawks maintained their lead until the Mustangs took their first lead of the game at the 9:49 mark and stretched their lead to their largest at 46-41 with 8:57 remaining.

The Lady Hawks fought back, taking the lead at 52-50 with 4:36 left in the game. Both teams kept going back and forth with five ties and six lead changes in the final 4:25.

TMC took the lead with :58 left in the game at 60-59. After the Hawks were unable to score and the Mustangs got the ball back, SDC’s Michelle Gonzales collected a steal to give SDC the ball. After a timeout, Robinson was fouled with :13 left and made 1-2 free throws to tie the game at 60-60.

On the ensuing possession, TMC’s Lindsey Levanen was fouled with :06 remaining on an offensive rebound. Levanen made the first free throw, but missed the second and the rebound was hauled in by SDC’s Brittany Daniel. The Lady Hawks called timeout with :02 left in the game, trailing 61-60.

Out of the timeout, Daniel delivered a beautiful pass to Robinson who caught the pass, drove, and pulled up and nailed the jumper as time expired to give SDC the 62-61 lead.

The Hawks were led by Robinson (16 points) and Daniel (25 points), who combined for 41 of the teams 61 points. Jasmin Thomas added four assists and Michelle Gonzalez had five steals.

SDC shot 42.9% (24-56) from the field for the game, including 46.7% (14-30) in the first half. The Lady Hawks forced 21 Mustang turnovers and held TMC to 28.6% shooting in the first half.

After the game, Coach Dillon praised her team’s ability to sustain the Mustang attack, adding, “Master’s came out on fire in the second half and we were a little complacent."

“But I know we will always fight. There is too much on the line at this point of the season.”

SDC continues GSAC play on Tuesday, January 31st at home against Point Loma Nazarene. Tip is scheduled for 5:30pm.

Hawks Swept by Cal Lutheran

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 28th, 2012 [Game 1 Box Score] [Game 2 Box Score]
Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College baseball team featured good pitching performances on Saturday, but errors doomed the Hawks as they were swept in a double header at California Lutheran University, 7-6 (in 11 innings) and 4-1.

In game one, the Hawks struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Nick Bando and Garrison McLagan had back to back singles, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Chris Pascual to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Alex Mann then grounded out to the shortstop to drive in Bando, and Robert Aguirre singled up the middle to drive in McLagan and gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

CLU responded in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of unearned runs. After two quick outs, a walk, an error, and a base hit tied the game at 2-2 at the end of the second inning.

The Hawks took the lead again in the top of the fourth. With one out CLU pitcher Ciarmaitaro allowed four runners to reach base without putting the ball into play courtesy of two hit batsmen and two walks. After a pitching change, CLU cut down the lead runner at home for the second out. SDC was able to scratch one more run across in the inning, when Victor Martinez singled through the right side to push the Hawk lead to 4-2 before the Kingsmen finished off the inning.

The Hawks moved the lead to 5-2 in the fifth, when a Bando and McLagan led the inning of with consecutive singles. After Pascual reached base on an error to load the bases, Mann picked up his second RBI of the game, lining out to centerfield to drive in Bando. The Hawks were unable take advantage of the other base runners, however, and CLU escaped the jam allowing only one run.

SDC stretched their lead in the sixth, when Martinez drilled an 0-2 offering over the right field wall for his first homerun of the season, moving the Hawks up 6-2.

CLU bounced back in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to tie the game at 6-6. After a strikeout to start the inning, the Kingsmen pieced together a walk, a hit batsmen, a single, and double to clear the bases and chase Whitmore from the game. Coach Bando turned to Jeremy Blare (pictured left), who appeared in both games yesterday and collected a save in game two. Inheriting a runner on second base, Blare struck out the next hitter, only to have the ball bounce away from the catcher Bando. Bando was unable to complete the throw to McLagan at first and the ball got away from McLagan. As McLagan collected the ball, the CLU runner, who was on second, was rounding third and heading for the plate. McLagan’s throw to the plate was off line and CLU tied the game at 6-6. Blare struck out the next two hitters, but the damage had been done.

Neither team was able to piece anything together until the bottom of the 11th for the Kingsmen. SDC brought in McLagan to pitch as Blare’s pitch count was rising. CLU’s first hitter walked, and the Kingsmen bunted him to second base. Following a passed ball and another walk, CLU scored when Bando collected a swinging bunt in front of the plate and fired to first for the out. On Bando’s throw, the CLU runner took off from third. SDC’s first baseman Chris Pascual threw the ball back to Bando as the CLU player slid in safely to end the extra inning affair with a 7-6 victory.

Whitmore threw well, allowing three earned runs in 5.1 innings of work, striking out two and walking three. Out of the pen, Blare threw 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.

Offensively for the Hawks in game one, Martinez was 3-6 with 2 RBIs and a solo homerun. Bando was 2-5 with 2 runs and McLagan was 2-4.

In the second game, CLU scored one unearned run of starter Dylan Jones in each of the first two innings to jump ahead 2-0. The Hawks cut the lead in half in the third inning when Martinez laced a single to right field to score Cedric Bogan.

The Kingsmen added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to push their lead to 4-1.

The Hawks had opportunities in every inning for the remainder of the game, as their leadoff man reached base in each inning. CLU was able to shut down every rally with solid pitching and key defensive plays.

The game was called after the seventh inning due to darkness, giving the Kingsmen a 4-1 win.

Martinez led the Hawks, going 3-4 with the lone RBI.

Jones gave up one earned run over 4.1 innings, striking out two and walking five. Matt Frankfurth threw 1.2 innings in relief, allowing only one hit.

On the day, SDC pitchers allowed only four earned runs over 16 innings of work. In four games this season, the Hawks pitching staff has given up a total of five earned runs.

With the losses, SDC falls to 2-2 on the early season.

The Hawks return home on Friday, February 3rd for a double header against Patton University starting at 11:00am. Tune into www.livestream.com/sdcc to listen to the broadcast.

Hawks Sweep Twinbill to Start Season

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CC_GSACFri., Jan 27th, 2012 [box score]  [box score
El Cajon, Calif. -- Baseball is underway at San Diego Christian College, as the Hawks hosted the La Sierra Golden Eagles on the SDC campus for the first time. The home field was kind to SDC, as the Hawks swept the double header winning the first game 11-0 and the second 3-1.

“It was exciting to be on campus and we got some great pitching in both games today,” said Head Coach Chris Bando. “It is a great feeling for the guys and fun to be here with the great fan support from the students.”

“What was especially exciting was Tyler Bailey’s inside the park homerun in the very first at bat on campus. “

In the top of the first, LSU’s centerfielder Manuel Sanchez led the game off with a double, only to see the Hawks starting pitcher Adair Robles strike out the next three hitters to leave Sanchez on third.

In the bottom of the first, Bailey stepped to the plate to lead off the game for the Hawks. On a 1-1 pitch, Bailey hit a sinking liner to Sanchez in centerfield. Sanchez charged hard and reached out for a shoe string catch. Instead, the ball scooted past Sanchez and rolled all the way to the wall. Bailey, running hard off the crack of the bat, slid in safely ahead of the tag for the inside-the-park homerun.

“I was just trying to do what I can to help the team win,” said Bailey. “I was looking for a pitch to drive and be productive for the team, and the ball fell in.”

“When I saw the ball get by the centerfielder, I was thinking triple, but when I saw coach sending me home, I knew I had the chance on the inside the park homerun.”

Following Bailey’s homerun, the Hawks were unable to push any runners across the plate until the bottom of the fifth. Although SDC threatened a few times, they were unable to convert with runners in scoring position.

In the bottom of the fifth, SDC sent 15 men to the plate, scoring 10 runs and blowing the game wide open. The inning was highlighted by the first seven hitters of the inning reaching base, including back to back triples by Nick Bando and Garrison McLagan to start the inning. Later in the inning, Bando singled and McLagan homered deep to right center to cap of the 10 run outburst.

As for Robles, the senior from Mexico City was on cruise control much of the day, striking out 9 over 5.1 innings, walking only one hitter.

Offensively in game one, Bando was 3-4 with 2 RBIs, McLagan was 3-4 with 3 RBIs, and Sean Sweeney went 2-2.

“We had a great approach coming into the first game today,” said Sweeney. “We had a good talk at practice yesterday and were focused. It was a good win because it helps to give us momentum and we saw that in game two. “

The second game featured a pitching duel between SDC’s Brock Heerdt (pictured left) and LSU’s Tyler Sirna. Both pitchers were in control much of the game, with the Hawks striking first in the bottom of the third.

In the bottom of the third, Sweeney was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Sweeney then stole second and advanced to third on a balk by Sirna. Following a Robert Aguirre walk, a wild pitch brought Sweeney home and sent Aguirre to second. After a strikeout for the first out, Aguirre stole third, and Bailey stepped into the box. Bailey drilled a ball to left center where Sanchez tracked the ball down, only to have the ball pop out of his glove at the last second. Following a flyout, the Hawks were able to load the bases on consecutive walks, but Sirna was able to get an inning ending flyball to limit the damage. However, SDC still claimed a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit.

Heerdt continued to pitch well, controlling the strike zone and keeping the Golden Eagles’ hitters off balance. LSU threatened in the top of the 6th, when Heerdt plunked the first hitter and fell behind the next hitter 2-0. In one of the only counts where Heerdt fell behind a hitter, LSU’s Kenneth Curiel drilled a fast ball into the left field corner for a double. With his pitch count rising, Coach Bando went to his bullpen and called on Jeremy Blare.

Blare struck out the first batter he faced, and fielded a sharply hit ground ball that looked to be headed up the middle. The LSU baserunner at third base was running on contact and Blare made a strong throw to the catcher Nick Bando who applied the tag for the second out. After a wild pitch brought home Curiel, Blare induced a groundout to end the threat.

Heading into the bottom of the 6th up 2-1, the Hawks were still without a hit. That changed with two outs, when SDC’s Chris Pascual drilled a hanging curve ball over the left field wall to give the Hawks some insurance.

Blare was back on the mound for the 7th, striking out the leadoff man. After a swinging bunt single, Blare recorded a flyout and a ground ball to end the game and collect his first save of the season.

Heerdt was excellent on the mound for the Hawks, going five innings, giving up one earned run, striking out five LSU hitters and walking none.

“This is a good start to the season, we came out with a lot of energy today,” said Heerdt. “While this is a nice win, there are definitely things to improve on.”

After the game, Bando praised his teams’ focus as the Hawks begin their season with eight games in eight days.

“We have a lot of double headers so we have to keep our legs fresh and need to be prepared,” said Bando. “I think the more games you play, the better timing you get, and we hopefully we can build off of winning baseball."

“We did a lot of things well today and anytime you hold a team to one run over two games, you are doing things right.”

SDC travels to California Lutheran University for a doubleheader on Saturday, January 28th.

Hawks Baseball On Campus for 2012

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CC_GSACWed., Jan 25th, 2011 
El Cajon, Calif.--Since its inception in 2006, the home field for the San Diego Christian College baseball team has been off campus, providing for lengthy travel for practice and games while also providing a difficult commute for fans.

That is no longer the case as construction of a new dugout and clubhouse, and the addition of bullpens, have given the Hawks the opportunity to host games on campus and provides a great home field advantage.

“With the ability to host games on campus we have an ability to create unity, not only with the college students, faculty, and staff, but with the entire community on campus,“ said Third Year Head Coach Chris Bando. “It is an exciting time for us as a program to be on campus and to have more support at home. I think it will help build team spirit, camaraderie, and bring the campus together."

The Hawks are coming off of a season where they experienced injuries that depleted the pitching staff. Despite batting .279 as a team and averaging over five runs per game, they were hampered by an era of 7.54 and gave up 8.1 runs per game.

With a new season comes rested arms and SDC has an array of pitchers to rely on. The Hawks return Senior Adair Robles (RHP, Mexico City, Mexico), who led the team in all major pitching categories, including ERA (3.61), wins (2), and strikeouts (60). In addition, SDC returns Brock Heerdt (RHP, Sr. Santa Clarita, CA), who started six games and appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen.

The Hawks also added Lakeside native Lucas Whitmore (LHP), who transferred closer to home after playing one season for NAIA National Championship runner-up Lubbock Christian University. In 2011, Whitmore was 10-3 with a 3.48 era against one of the toughest NAIA schedules in the country. Whitmore also ranked 8th in the NAIA with 108 strikeouts in 101 innings.

Offensively, SDC returns two of their top three hitters from last season. Catcher/RHP Nick Bando (Jr. Santa Clarita, CA) led team in 2011, batting .397 in duties limited due to injuries. Also returning is Victor Martinez (Sr., Vista, CA) who was third on the team, batting .318 in 110 at bats.

In addition, the Hawks added two transfers from the University of Missouri, Jeff Lusardi (Jr., INF/OF, Kansas City, MO) and Garrison McClagan (Jr., LHP/1B, Columbia, MO), in addition to Oklahoma Baptist transfer Andy Salcido (Jr., OF, Baldwin Park, CA).

Bando looks to his upperclassmen to lead this year as the Hawks have a lot of experience to rely on, including 8 seniors and 18 juniors.

“Our upperclassmen lead not only by example, but by encouragement and being vocal on the field. We have strong captains and team leaders,” added Bando. “We look for our upperclassmen to be leaders not only on the field, but in the classroom and spiritually in their walk with Christ.”

Bando looks for the Hawks to continue to improve in his third season, adding, “The things that you control are the goals you set. The key is having an attitude that is positive and focused on every pitch of every inning of every game. If you make a commitment to the process of playing the game the right way, the results will take care of themselves.”

The Hawks start their season on Friday, January 27th , hosting a double header versus La Sierra University. First pitch is 11:00am.

Hawks Drop Thriller to Biola, 62-60

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 24th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team found themselves in yet another one possession game on Tuesday night but were unable to capture victory, as the Biola Eagles escaped the Ryan Athletic Center with a 62-60 win. The loss is the fifth this season for SDC by less than three points.

SDC falls to 5-11 overall and 1-8 in the GSAC. Biola moves to 14-7 and 4-5 in the GSAC.

The Hawks started strong, jumping up 17-6 early in the game, prompting an Eagle timeout. After the timeout, Biola methodically went on a 12-1 run over the next five minutes to tie the game at 18-18. The Hawks were able to take the lead, and maintain the lead, for the rest of the first half and went into the locker room up 32-30.

The Eagles came out of halftime with a spark and went on a 14-4 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to build their biggest lead of the game at 44-36. SDC responded when Freshman Raphael Rodriguez nailed three pointers on consecutive possessions to trim the BU lead to 44-42 at the 12:37 mark.

BU was able to maintain the lead and it looked like the Eagles were starting to pull away. The Hawks, however, would continue to fight, and made it a one possession game when Tim Sanders drilled a three pointer with 7:11 left, cutting the BU lead to 50-47.

After Biola moved their lead back to 53-47, the Hawks scored on consecutive possessions to make it a 53-51 game. The Eagles’ Davey Hopkins then calmly hit a three pointer as the shot clock expired to make it a 56-51 game. SDC’s Johnny Del Bene responded with a three pointer of his own, again making it a one possession game at 56-54.

After an offensive foul, the Hawks tied at 56-56 with 2:28 left on the clock, when Xavier Mylleville drove past the defender and dropped a layup in.

After a BU bucket and a SDC free throw, the Eagles called timeout, clinging to a 58-57 lead. Out of the timeout, BU’s Hopkins again stepped back and drilled a three pointer to push BU up 61-57. The Hawks responded on the ensuing possession, when Calvin Seaberry grabbed a long offensive rebound and drilled a three pointer with only :15.3 left on the clock to cut the lead to 61-60.

SDC immediately fouled, and BU’s Given Kalipinde knocked down 1-2 free throws, giving the Hawks a chance with :10.1 left in the game. Del Bene brought the ball past midcourt and called a timeout. Out of the timeout, Del Bene caught the inbound pass and dribbled to the right side, delivering a pass into Mylleville in the post. Mylleville drove to his left into the lane, went up, and the ball was knocked away as time expired and BU holding the 62-60 advantage.

SDC was led by Rodriguez with 13 points while Del Bene added 11 points. Tim Sanders (pictured left) had 8 points and 6 assists. SDC shot 43.4% (23-53) from the field for the game, while the Eagles connected on 51.2% (22-43) of their shots. The Hawks were only 4-11 from the free throw line while Biola connected on 14-21 attempts from the charity stripe. The Hawks next contest is at The Master’s College for a Saturday evening matchup. Gametime is set for a 7:30pm.

Late Run Sends Lady Hawks Over Biola

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 24th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College Lady Hawks used a quick start and a strong finish to win a crucial GSAC matchup over the Biola Lady Eagles on Tuesday night. SDC used an 8-3 run over the final four minutes to pull out the 56-50 victory. The even matchup went back and forth all night as the game saw 8 ties and 8 lead changes and neither team holding a lead larger than 7 points.

The win moves SDC to 15-6 overall and 4-5 in the GSAC. Biola falls to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in the GSAC.

The Lady Hawks jumped out quickly with an 11-4 run directly after the tipoff. Senior Brittany Robinson had the hot hand in the first half, connecting on four three pointers in the first eight minutes and scored 12 of the Lady Hawks’ first 14 points. Biola was able to cut into the SDC lead, and even captured the lead for a moment at 21-20 with 3:57 left, but the Lady Hawks were able to bring the game back to a tie when Robinson hit a running jumper as time expired to send the game to a 25-25 tie at the break.

Out of the locker room, both teams went back and forth much of the half, with three ties and four lead changes in the first twelve minutes of the second half. With the game tied 41-41 and 8:48 left in the game, Robinson drilled a jumper in the paint to put the Hawks up and triggered a modest 6-0 run. Biola was able to fight back and made it a one possession game with less than one minute to play.

The Lady Hawks called a timeout with :28 seconds remaining and holding a 53-50 lead. Out of the timeout, SDC’s Hannah Miller’s shot rimmed out, but the Lady Hawks’ Brittany Daniel grabbed the offensive rebound and put the ball back in to seal the game.

SDC was led by Robinson and Daniel, who combined for 40 of the teams 56 points. Robinson poured in 21 while Daniel had 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

The Hawks forced 17 Eagle turnovers, while scoring 21 points off turnovers.

The Lady Hawks head to The Master’s College for a Saturday evening matchup set for a 5:30pm tip.

Hawks Drop 69-60 Decision to #7 APU

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Fri., Jan 20th, 2012 [box score]
Azusa, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team fell behind quickly, battled back to take the lead briefly in the second half, only to see the timely shooting swing the game in favor of #7 Azusa Pacific University in a 69-60 loss to the Cougars Friday night

The loss is the fifth single digit loss this season for the Hawks, and sends SDC to 5-10 overall and 1-7 in the GSAC. With the win, the Cougars move to 15-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

APU jumped out to a 9-1 lead within the first five minutes of play and built their lead to 21-7 at the 10:11 mark in the first half. SDC responded with a 13-0 run over the next four minutes to cut the Cougar lead to 21-20.

APU was able to maintain their lead the rest of the first half, with the Hawks matching shot for shot. The Cougars were able to push the lead to 32-26 right before half with a pair of buckets in the final minute.

The Hawks struggled from the field in the first half, shooting only 32.0% (8-25).

The Hawks came out gunning in the second half, jumping out to an 11-4 run and captured their only lead of the night at 37-36 on a Tim Sanders jumper with 15:37 left in the contest. The Cougars responded by scoring on five of their next six possessions to retake the lead.

APU looked to be taking control late in the game when a 9-2 run pushed their lead back to double digits at 58-48. The resilience of the SDC team was revealed again by using tough defensive stands and cutting the lead back to a one possession game when Johnny Del Bene nailed a three pointer to make the APU lead 58-55 with 4:27 left in the game.

SDC kept working to complete the comeback, but the Cougars converted 9-11 free throws in the waning minutes to keep the lead out of reach.

The Hawks were led by Sanders with 15 points and 7 rebounds. In addition, Calvin Seaberry added 11 points off the bench and Benji Arvizu had 10 points.

The Hawks shot 40% from the field (20-50) for the game, including shooting 48% (12-25) in the second half.

SDC continues play against Biola on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30pm

Lady Hawks Tripped Up on the Road

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 CC_GSACFri., Jan 20th, 2012 [box score]
Azusa, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College Lady Hawks faced yet another difficult test on Friday night, heading to Azusa Pacific for a matchup with the #13 ranked Lady Cougars. SDC, playing without leading scorer Brittany Daniel who missed the game with strep throat, fell at the hands of hot shooting APU squad 94-60.

APU never trailed in the game, and jumped out quickly to a lead. The Lady Hawks hung tough and cut the lead to 12-9 on a Brittany Robinson (pictured left) three pointer. APU then capitalized on a 13-4 run to push their lead into double digits at the 10:03 mark. SDC went on small runs and cut the APU lead back to 32-28 when Robinson drilled a three with 3:38 left in the first half.

The Lady Cougars closed out the first half on another 13-4 run and went into the locker room with a 45-34 advantage.

Coming out in the second half, the Lady Hawks were able to cut the lead back to single digits at 49-41, but the Lady Cougars’ 15-4 run over the next five minutes pushed the lead up to 64-45 and the lead became too much for SDC to overcome.

The Lady Hawks were led by Robinson with 19 points. As a team, SDC shot 32.4% (11-34) from the field in the second half after shooting 48.1% (13-27) in the first half.

APU had four players score in double figures, led by Center Amber Williams with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

“We had a hard time containing their inside play,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We have to be able to play tougher defense to beat good teams.”

“We now have to shake this off and focus on Biola.”

The Lady Hawks host Biola on Tuesday, January 25th at 5:30pm. 

Hawks Can't Complete Comeback, Fall to HIU 60-58

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 17th, 2012 [box score]
Fullerton, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team fell in the final seconds on Tuesday night, as the Hope International University Royals held off a late Hawk push to claim a 60-58 win. The loss is SDC’s fourth this season that came down to the final possession.

With the loss, the Hawks fall to 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the GSAC. HIU moves to 9-5 overall and 2-5 in the GSAC.

The first half saw HIU jump in front at the 16:50 mark and maintain the lead until the break. SDC tied the game at 11-11 on a Johnny Del Bene three pointer, but HIU took the lead back and stretched it to their biggest lead at 27-20 with 3:52 remaining in the first frame. The Hawks responded to cut the lead to 29-27 before the Royals connected on a three pointer right before half, heading into the locker room with a 32-27 advantage.

The Hawks immediately cut into the Royal lead when Tim Sanders drilled a three pointer to start the second half. SDC would then go on a 13-4 run over a four minute stretch to take their largest lead at 43-38 with 13:22 remaining in the game.

The Royals would respond quickly and used an 18-6 run to take the lead back and build their largest lead at 56-49 with just over four minutes left. After exchanging baskets, SDC’s Raphael Rodriguez knocked down a three pointer to slice the HIU lead to 58-54.

With :20 left in the game, the Hawks’ Benji Arvizu was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 58-56. Following an SDC timeout, Arvizu fouled HIU’s Jeremy Kilgore. Kilgore knocked down the first free throw and missed the second. SDC’s Arturo Prieto grabbed the rebound and kicked the ball up the court, where Sanders converted a quick layup to cut the HIU lead to 59-58 with only :04 remaining.

HIU was able to inbound the ball and Sanders fouled the Royals’ Steve Jurich. Jurich made the first free throw and missed the second. The Hawks’ Rodriguez grabbed the rebound and brought the ball up the court but the last second heave was short, with the Royals claiming the 60-58 victory.

SDC was led by Sanders with a season high 17 points. Rodriguez added 11 points and three steals.

SDC struggled from the field, shooting only 39.6% (21-53) for the game. The Hawks forced 18 Royal’s turnovers, leading to 21 points.

The Hawks continue GSAC play on Friday, January 20th at Azusa Pacific with a scheduled 7:30pm tip.

Lady Hawks Use Big Second Half in Win Over HIU

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 17th, 2012 [box score]
Fullerton, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a combined 44 points from Junior Brittany Daniel and Sophomore Hannah Miller, and a dominating 19-6 run over the final 10 minutes of the game, to propel themselves to a 64-50 victory over Hope International University on Tuesday night.

“Late in the game, we buckled down on the defense,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We played with great composure offensively and converted our opportunities.”

Daniel led the way with 27 points and 16 rebounds. The double-double was the third is as many games for the San Diego native. Over the past four games, Daniel is averaging 25.5 points per game and 11 rebounds per game to lead SDC.

The win moves SDC to 14-5 overall and 3-4 in the GSAC. HIU falls to 4-15 and 1-6 in the GSAC.

The first half saw both teams slug it out, with neither able to take a large advantage. HIU jumped up early, with the Lady Hawks responding to take their largest lead of the first half at 23-20 when Jasmin Thomas grabbed an offensive board and put the ball back in. The Lady Royals responded with an 8-0 run to take their largest advantage of the half at 28-23. SDC came back and tied it at 29-29 before HIU scored the last five points of the first half to take a 34-29 lead into the break.

HIU held the lead for much of the second half, and even as late as the 10:49 mark, when a layup from Daniel gave SDC the lead for good. Over the next 10:49, the Lady Hawks would outscore the Lady Royals 19-6. SDC was sparked off the bench by Miller, who scored 11 of the team’s points during that run.

“Hannah has been big for us all year,” added Coach Dillon. “She brings a lot to the team that we need both offensively and with her energy.”

In addition to Daniel and Miller, Senior Thomas dropped in 14 points for SDC.

The Lady Hawks struggled in the first half from the field, shooting only 30.8%. SDC picked it up in the second half, going 15-32 from the field while holding HIU to only 23.1% shooting (6-26).

SDC also won the rebounding battle 52-37.

Dillon praised her team’s will after the game, stating, “We are finally learning end the game situations and how to pull through the close games.”

SDC continues play at Azusa Pacific on Friday, January 20th with a 5:30pm scheduled tip.

Hawks Knock Off Sunbirds for First GSAC Win

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 14th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team captured the first GSAC win for Head Coach Tim Cook on Saturday evening, as the Hawks controlled much of the game, and held off a late Fresno Pacific run, en route to a 61-55 victory over the Sunbirds at the Ryan Athletic Center.

SDC moves to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the GSAC. FPU falls to 11-6 overall and 2-4 in the GSAC.

“This was a great team effort,” said Senior Xavier Mylleville (pictured left). “If we play the system that the coaches teach us, we are a difficult team to defend. The times when we don’t stick with that system is when we have lost. Tonight we played together, stayed within the system, and we got a win. “

In a game where SDC never trailed, the Hawks got going quickly, going on a 7-0 run to start the game and stretched the lead to 10-2 on an Arturo Prieto three pointer. FPU bounced back with an 11-3 run to knot the game at 13-13 with 9:29 left in the first half. Both teams went back and forth until SDC went on a 12-3 run over the final 5:20 in the first half to take a 31-22 lead into the break.

The Hawks took a double digit lead right out of the locker room. SDC continued to build their lead and held their largest lead at 44-29 at the 15:44 mark. FPU quickly cut the lead back to 10, when Donte Nicholas scored and was fouled. Nicholas missed the free throw and the ball was tipped out to the Sunbirds’ Kenny Bradford who drilled a three pointer.

FPU kept chipping away and cut the lead to 51-46 with 7:24 remaining. The Hawks responded with three pointers on consecutive possessions by Tim Sanders and Johnny Del Bene to move up 57-46.

One final FPU push saw the Sunbirds go on a 9-0 run, scoring on four consecutive possessions to cut the SDC lead to 57-55. The Hawks, determined not to let the game slip away, used stifling defense to hold the Sunbirds scoreless over the final 2:40 to fend off FPU and win the game.

SDC had a well balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Arturo Prieto led the Hawks with 12 points off the bench, dropping in 4-7 three pointers. Mylleville had 11 points, including a pair free throws in the final minute, while Johnny Del Bene and Tim Sanders had 10 points each. Benji Arvizu added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

The Hawks dominated the glass, winning the rebound battle 36-28. SDC also hit 11-27 three pointers and shot 42% (21-50) from the field.

FPU was led by Nicholas with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

“We have to keep playing hard and sticking with our fundamentals,” added Mylleville. “We are not a group of individuals, but a team.”

“If we keep playing team ball, and stick to the system, the sky is the limit.”

SDC continues their season on the road at Hope International on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:30.

Sunbirds Escape With Win Over Lady Hawks

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 14th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --Looking to avoid their first losing streak of the season, the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team could not fend off a hot shooting Fresno Pacific Sunbird squad, falling 75-73 on Saturday night. On a night where SDC’s Brittany Daniel had her third straight 20 point game, FPU shot 56.6% (30-53), including 63.5% (15-24) in the first half, to leave the Ryan Athletic Center with a win.

The loss, SDC’s third loss in as many games, drops the Lady Hawks to 13-5 overall and 2-4 in the GSAC. The Lady Sunbirds move to 11-7 overall and 3-3 in the GSAC.

“We didn’t come out with the energy and fire that we needed to,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “Defensively, we were lacking all game. While we scored enough to win, we are not getting the well rounded production that we have had all season.”

Dillon added, “We need to learn how to bear down and finish the last five minutes of the game. Defensive stops are key and every possession is vital.”

Neither team was able to take a large advantage early in the first half, with SDC holding their biggest lead of the half at 20-17 with 9:26 remaining until halftime. FPU responded with a 14-2 run to build 31-22 lead with 5:05 left. The Lady Hawks clawed back with a modest 9-2 run over the next three minutes and were able to cut the Sunbird lead to 39-35 at the break.

Both teams exchanged buckets coming out of the locker room, with FPU pushing their lead to 45-37 at the 18:23 mark. SDC’s bounced right back with a 9-0 run behind three pointers from Brittany Robinson (pictured left) and Hannah Miller, and an old fashioned three point play by Daniel. The game continued to be tight the rest of the game, with neither team able to build a lead larger than four in a half that saw the game tied six times.

SDC built their biggest lead at 68-64 with 4:13 remaining in the game on a Jermani Stewart layup. FPU scored on consecutive possessions, and hitting a three pointer to take a 69-68 lead. SDC responded with a Daniel bucket, only to see the Sunbirds take the lead back on their next possession.

Daniel tied the game at 71-71 with a free throw with less than a minute remaining. FPU’s Keairra White nailed a jumper to push the Sunbirds in front 73-71 with :42 left in the game. The Lady Hawks were unable to convert and FPU pushed the lead to four with :12 remaining. SDC was able to get a quick bucket on a layup from Miller on a pass from Daniel, but FPU was able to dribble the clock out and take escape with the win.

SDC was led by Daniel with a season high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel also added six steals. Robinson added 14 points and Miller had 13 points.

The Lady Hawks forced 21 turnovers, but struggled from the field, shooting 27-71 for the game.

Dillon continued, “We need to get back to that fired up, confident, team basketball that we played the majority of the first 15 games.”

SDC continues their season on the road at Hope International on Tuesday, January 17th at 5:30.

Hawks Drop Game to Lions

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 10th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --A hot shooting second half for the Vanguard Lions pushed the visitors to victory on Tuesday night, as San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team couldn’t find an answer for the Lions 61.9% shooting from the field in the second half, falling 73-61 at the Ryan Athletic Center .

The wins sends Vanguard to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the GSAC. SDC falls to 4-8 overall and 0-5 in the GSAC.

. VU started the game on an 11-3 run before SDC used consecutive buckets from Raphael Rodriguez to kick start an 11-0 run and claim a 14-11 lead with 14:46 left in the first half. The score remained close until VU went on a small 9-2 run to take an eight point lead at 34-26. The Hawks bounced right back with a run of their own, scoring the next 10 points to take a lead with just over a minute to play in the first half. The Lions were able to convert on a late possession of the first half and tie the game at 36-36 going into the locker room.

The second half started the same as the first, with the Lions going on a run to get things going. This time, VU went on an 11-2 run to grab a 47-38 lead with 12:59 remaining in the game. Throughout the second half, SDC made small runs to cut into the Lion lead. However, every time the Hawks would get something going, VU would put a stop to it a bucket of their own. The Lions were efficient from deep, connecting on 5-7 three pointers in the second half.

The Hawks were led Calvin Seaberry with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnny Del Bene added 11 points and Raphael Rodriguez had 10 points.

The Lions had four players score in double figues, including Christopher Raybon with 17 points.

For the game, SDC shot 43.9% (25-57) from the field. The Hawks shot well in the first half, connecting on 53.3% of shots (16-30). Things went cold in the second half, with SDC only making 33.3% (9-27) shots.

The Hawks continue their season, hosting Fresno Pacific on Saturday, January 14th at 5:00pm.

Late Run Dooms Lady Hawks Against #10 VU

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 10th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team drew another game against a top 10 opponent on Tuesday night, hosting the #10 rated Vanguard Lions. The Lady Hawks, coming off an emotional 67-63 loss to #4 Westmont on Saturday, gave the Lions all they could handle before the Lions went on a late run to distance themselves and escape the Ryan Athletic Center with a 74-66 win.

VU moves to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the GSAC. SDC, who drops consecutive games for the first time this season, falls to 13-4 overall and 2-3 in the GSAC.

VU jumped out quickly in the first half, going on a 15-5 run to start the game. The Lady Hawks responded with a 9-0 to cut the lead to 15-14 with 9:59 left in the first half. The Lady Lions then went on a run of their own, pushing their lead to back to double figures at 28-18 with just over five minutes left in the half. SDC was able to cut the lead to five and went into the locker room trailing 36-31.

The Lady Hawks came out in the second half and continued to chip away at the VU lead. SDC made it a one possession game at 45-43 when Jasmin Thomas jumped in front of a Lion pass for a steal and hit a streaking Brittany Robinson for a layup with 13:43 remaining. Both teams kept exchanging buckets for the next nine minutes, with the Lions keeping their lead between one and three points. SDC finally tied the game with 4:00 left, when Brittany Daniel (pictured left) nailed a jumper and was fouled to cut the lead to one. Daniel promptly knocked down the free throw to tie the game at 56-56.

Following the Daniel free throw, Vanguard scored on their next four possessions without an SDC response. The Lions pushed their lead to 12 with just over :30 seconds left in the game but a pair of late Robinson three pointers cut the final score to single digits.

SDC was led by Daniel with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Robinson added 17 points.

As a team, SDC shot 22-60 (36.7%) from the field for the game and VU won the rebounding battle 48-32.

The Lady Hawks continue their season, hosting Fresno Pacific on Saturday, January 14th at 3:00pm.

Hawks Suffer Setback at Westmont

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Sat., Jan 7th, 2011 [box score]
Santa Barbara, Calif. --Hot shooting by Westmont College doomed the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team on Saturday night, as Warriors shot 61.9% from the field en route to a 86-61 win.

Westmont moves to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the GSAC. SDC falls to 4-7 overall and 0-4 in the GSAC.

In the first half, SDC took a 5-4 lead early when Tim Sanders drilled a three pointer off an assist from Benji Arvizu. Westmont responded to take a 7-5 lead before Arvizu would tie the game back up at 7-7 on a pair of free throws. It would be the last time the game would be tied.

Both teams went back and forth with the Warriors holding a 16-14 lead with 11:40 left in the first half after a Calvin Seaberry bucket. WC would then outscore the Hawks 28-9 the rest of the first half to take a commanding 44-23 lead into halftime.

The Hawks struggled from the field in the first half, shooting only 29.2% (7-24) from the field.

SDC was unable to cut significantly into the Warrior lead in the second half, and Westmont pulled away with an 86-61 win.

The Hawks were paced by three players in double figures. Johnny Del Bene led the way with 12 points, while Sanders and Arvizu had 11 points each.

For the game, SDC shot 38.6% (22-57) from the field, while the Warriors made 26-42 (61.9%) shots. The Hawks, playing without starting forward Xavier Mylleville who suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s game against Point Loma, were outscored in the paint 20-4 in the first half and 30-18 for the game.

SDC continues GSAC play on Tuesday, hosting Vanguard with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm.

Lady Hawks Fall Late to #5 Westmont, 67-63

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 7th, 2011 [box score]
Santa Barbara, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team took the #5 ranked Westmont Lady Warriors to the limit on Saturday night, falling in the final seconds to the home team 67-64. Despite 25 points from Britney Daniel (pictured left), SDC could not pull out a win in a game that saw 13 ties and 17 lead changes. The loss snaps a 10 game winning streak for the Lady Hawks.

Westmont moves to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the GSAC. The Lady Hawks drop to 13-3 and 2-2 in the GSAC.

Neither team took control in the first half, with Westmont claiming the largest lead of the half at 29-26 with 1:10 left in the half, before the SDC scored the final three points of the half to send the game into half knotted at 29-29.

SDC shot 10-25 from the field in the first half, and was out-rebounded 23-11 leading to 10 second chance points from the Lady Warriors. The Lady Hawks had 16 points from the bench in the first half, again a well balanced attack.

The second half continued like the first, as again both teams kept fighting for the lead. Westmont looked to be taking control midway through the half, building a 51-43 lead with 6:56 remaining in the game. The Lady Hawks responded with a 14-1 run to build SDC’s largest lead of the game at 57-52. The run was sparked by Daniel, who scored 10 of the team’s 14 points during that run.

The Lady Warriors bounced back with an 8-0 run to jump in front 60-57. The next possession for SDC, Daniel drilled a three pointer to tie the game back up. WC scored to take the lead and after a Hannah Miller jumper to tie the game at 62-62, the Lady Warriors drilled a three pointer to take the lead for good. SDC’s Brittney Robinson made one of two free throws to cut the WC lead to 65-63, but the Lady Hawks were unable to convert on their final two possessions and WC took the game.

Daniel led SDC with 25 points, including 22 points in the second half. Robinson had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Miller had 11 points off the bench.

SDC shot 42.6% from the field for the game, but was only 6-22 from deep. The Lady Hawks forced 18 WC turnovers, leading to 10 points.

SDC continues GSAC play at home on Tuesday evening against #8 Vanguard at 5:30pm.

Hawks Fall to Aztecs in Exhibition

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CC_GSACThu., Jan 5th, 2011 [box score]
San Diego, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team wrapped up non-conference competition on Thursday night, falling to the reigning Mountain West Champions San Diego State Aztecs 83-52. The game was an exhibition for SDC, however, the game counted as a win for #24 ranked SDSU.

“We came in with a goal to work on execution against an NCAA top 25 ranked team,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “We wanted to make them earn their points and work on defense.”

“I feel like we accomplished that tonight.”

After the Aztecs scored on their first possession to take a 2-0 lead, the Hawks tied the game up on a Kevin Dawson layup. SDSU scored consecutive buckets, but Johnny Del Bene drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to 6-5. SDSU went on a 19-5 run over the next ten minutes to take control of the game. The Hawks continued to battle, but the Aztecs were too much and held a commanding 44-36 lead heading into the locker room.

The free throw discrepancy played a major role in the first half difference. The SDSU’s size inside led to the Aztecs getting to the foul line 21 times and converting on 17 of those chances. By comparison, SDC was 1-2 from the charity stripe in the first half.

The Hawks showed life coming out of the locker room in the second half, going on a 9-2 run to cut into the Aztec lead. The run was sparked by seven straight points from Tim Sanders, who hit a pair of jumpers and a three pointer off an assist from Arturo Prieto, prompting SDSU Head Coach Steve Fisher to call a timeout.

The Hawks went cold after the timeout and the Aztecs continued to push the momentum, taking a large lead late. The Hawks’ Ryan Rubino scored the final 10 points for SDC, including knocking down a trifecta of three pointers.

The Hawks were led by Rubino with 13 points. Prieto added 9 points and four assists.

SDC shot 40.4% (19-47) from the field and made 10-25 three pointers.

Overall, Cook was pleased with his team’s performance.

“Heading into GSAC play, we need to be efficient on the offensive end, play tough defense, and rebound,” added Cook. “This game helped us due to the level of competition. Many times when you play great teams, you can play into their hands and let them dictate the game. We did a nice job of playing efficient, team basketball tonight and that will help us as we move forward.”

SDC heads to Santa Barbara to take on Westmont College on Saturday, January 7th.

Hawks Fall Late, 55-54

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 3rd, 2011 [box score]
San Diego, Calif. --A second half comeback by the San Diego Christian College Hawks against crosstown foe Point Loma Nazarene University fell just short as the Sea Lions hit a trifecta of three pointers late and took the game 55-54.

The loss sends SDC to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the GSAC. PLNU moves to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the GSAC.

PLNU jumped up quickly in the first half behind a 12-2 run to take a 17-7 advantage halfway through the first half. SDC responded with a 13-6 run to cut the Sea Lions’ lead to 23-20 after a pair of Xavier Mylleville free throws with 6:45 remaining in the first half. The first half went back and forth with PLNU claiming a 34-29 lead heading into the locker room.

The Hawks started quickly in the second half as Kevin Dawson drilled a jumper and Johnny Del Bene nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 34-34. The Hawks took the lead with 13:20 left in the game, when Del Bene knocked down another three off an assist from Dawson, giving the Hawks a 42-40 advantage.

A tight defensive game saw neither team take complete control, but the Hawks remained in front and took a 48-44 lead after a pair of Del Bene free throws. The Sea Lions’ Wil Bush connected from deep to cut the Hawks lead to one, but SDC responded with Benji Arvizu’s old fashioned three point play. PLNU again hit a three pointer to cut the Hawk’s lead to 51-50. After a defensive stop, the Sea Lions drilled a three pointer on their third consecutive possession to move in front 53-51.

SDCC again responded when Dawson was able to convert a three point play to send SDC into the lead at 54-53 with 3:08 remaining in the game. On the ensuing possession, Todd Campbell knocked down a jumper off a Rhett Beal assist to give the Sea Lions a 55-54 lead.

The Hawks had their opportunities, as the following possession saw SDC have three chances to score after grabbing offensive rebounds. The Hawks had one final chance after forcing a turnover, but Arvizu’s shot attempt was blocked and the clock expired with the Sea Lions in the lead.

The Hawks were led by Dawson and Del Bene. Dawson dropped a season high 20 points on 8-13 shooting. Del Bene added 17 points and connected on 3-5 three pointers.

As a team, SDC shot 47.5% (19-40) from the field and won the rebounding battle 28-17. PLNU forced 20 SDC turnovers which led to 23 points. The evenly matched game saw five ties and six lead changes.

The Hawks play at NCAA #24 San Diego State in an exhibition on Thursday night at 7:05pm.

Lady Hawks' Streak Moves to 10 with Win Over PLNU

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CC_GSACTue., Jan 3rd, 2011 [box score]
San Diego, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team used a dominant second half to defeat crosstown GSAC foe Point Loma Nazarene University 61-43 on Tuesday night on the PLNU campus.

The win was the first since the 1999-2000 season over the Sea Lions. While claiming just a six point advantage at halftime, SDC forced 15 second half PLNU turnovers to blow a close game wide open. The win, the first in a span of 23 games over the Sea Lions, pushed the Lady Hawks winning streak to 10 games.

SDCC moves to 13-2 overall and 2-1 in the GSAC. PLNU falls to 9-5 overall and 0-3 in the GSAC.

“We have shown in our non-conference schedule that we can win,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “This game proves that we can beat good teams and compete with anyone.”

SDC jumped up quickly in the first half with a 7-2 lead, only to see PLNU go on a 15-4 run to take their largest lead at 17-11 with 11:38 remaining in the first half. The Lady Hawks scored the next 11 points to take the lead; a lead that they would never relinquish. SDC pushed their lead to double figures on a Jermani Stewart jumper late in the first half and went into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.

SDC extended their lead back to double figures early in the second half, and held a double figure advantage most of the second half. With 10:55 left in the game, PLNU cut the SDC lead to 47-38, only to witness the Lady Hawks roll off an 8-0 to essentially put the game away. SDC dominated the glass in the second half, grabbing 15 offensive boards, leading to 10 second chance points. In addition, the Lady Hawks forced 15 second half turnovers leading to 11 points.

“We focused on our defensive strategy this week in practice,” added Dillon. “We felt we knew how to defend them and the girls executed exactly what we wanted to do.”

SDC was led by Brittany Robinson (pictured left) with 16 points while Jasmin Thomas added 11 points and 6 assists. Stewart hauled it 11 rebounds.

For the game, SDC controlled the glass, out rebounding PLNU 44-28, including 22-6 on the offensive end. PLNU actually shot a higher percentage from the field (40.0%, 18-45) than SDC (37.3%, 25-67), but the forced turnovers and offensive rebounds allowed SDC to fire off 22 more shots than PLNU (67 to 45).

The Lady Hawks head to Westmont for a matchup with the #5 Lady Warriors on Saturday, January 7th. Coach Dillon looks to have her team prepared, stating, “This win gives us confidence that if we defend and work hard, we can defeat anyone.”

“The girls get up for games against good teams, so I am excited to play Westmont.”
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