Fri., Dec 30th, 2011 [box score
]El Cajon, Calif. --
Coming off of a heart breaking loss the night before, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team was looking to grab a victory in their last non-conference home game of the season against Baker University (KS) on Friday night. .
The Hawks used a dominating second half on both ends of the court to capture a 77-51 victory over the Wildcats.
“We played a good game and stepped up after last night’s loss,” said Senior Captain Tim Sanders. “We played a complete game after only playing one good half last night. We focused on playing tough defense and holding them to a low shooting percentage.”
The game was tight much of the first half, with the lead changing four times. After SDC jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead after a pair of Xavier Mylleville (pictured left) free throws, BU went on a 17-4 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 21-16 with 9:46 remaining in the first half. The Hawks responded with a run of their own, capped off when Keenan Patterson drilled a three pointer with 4:35 left in the half to push SDC up 31-24. The Wildcats fought back and were able to cut the Hawk lead to 39-35 at intermission.
SDC came out of the locker room with renewed intensity on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court. The Hawks went on a 21-5 run over the first ten minutes of the second half to blow the game open. Time and time again, SDC would hit shots on offense, while forcing BU into 10 second half turnovers and limited the Wildcats to 5-24 (20.8%) shooting in the second half. SDC shot 61.1% from the field in the second half while also connecting on 6-8 three pointers.
SDC was led by Sanders with 17 points. Johnny Del Bene added 14 points and Benji Arvizu had 12 points.
The Hawks forced 17 turnovers and converted the Wildcat turnovers into 26 points. SDC also connected on 10-18 three pointers.
SDC resumes GSAC play on Tuesday, January 3rd at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Fri., Dec 30th, 2011 [box score
]Santa Barbara, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule in fine fashion with a dominating 79-41 victory over Pacific Union College in the GSAC Classic hosted by Westmont College.
The win is SDC’s ninth straight win and 12th win in 13 games. The Lady Hawks are now 12-2 overall.
The Lady Hawks forced 37 Pioneer turnovers that led to 35 points in a game that saw SDC hold a lead of over 40 points in second half before ending the game with a 38 point advantage.
SDC never trailed, starting the game on a 9-0 run and scoring 26 points before PUC reached double figures. Hannah Miller (pictured left) had 13 first half points to pace SDC, including hitting 4-4 from the field. The Lady Hawks’ stretched their lead to 23 on a Miller jumper with :38 remaining in the half. The margin would remain the same heading into the locker room with SDC up 42-19.
The second half was a continuation of the first, with the Lady Hawks in control. SDC rolled out a 21-3 run over a nine minute stretch midway through the half to double the Pioneers’ score. The Lady Hawks cruised the rest of the way to the victory.
The Lady Hawks had a balanced attack with 10 players scoring. Miller led SDC with 19 points and Juanita Lewis had 12 points. As a team, SDC had 20 steals and 19 assists while forcing PUC into a 27.7% shooting night from the field.
The Lady Hawks pick up GSAC play on Tuesday, January 3rd down the 8 freeway at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Thu., Dec 29th, 2011 [box score
] El Cajon, Calif. --
A comeback fell just short for the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team on Thursday night, as Benji Arvizu’s drive and shot as time expired fell off the side of the rim in a 60-58 loss to Ashford University (IA). The Hawks fought back from a double digit deficit in the second half and tied the game with less than two minutes left, but couldn’t overcome a late Saints’ surge get the win.
“It was a tale of two halves,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “To win college basketball games, you need to play two complete halves. When you prepare and don’t perform the way you have prepared, you have to change it. We made the change in the second half, but it was not enough.”
“We were able to get to the top of the mountain, but were not able to get over the top.”
Close calls are becoming the norm for SDC this season. In their eight games, the Hawks have played three games that have been decided by less than three points.
The loss sends SDC to 3-5 and AU moves to 10-5.
SDC started strong, jumping up 6-1 after a pair of layups from Xavier Mylleville (pictured left). The Saints responded and took the lead at 10-9 after a three point play from AU’s Matthias Burns; the Saints would never trail again. AU pieced together a 14-5 run over an eight minute stretch to open up a 10 point advantage. SDC’s Johnny Del Bene converted a layup just before halftime to slice the AU lead to 26-18 heading to the locker room, following the low scoring first half.
Neither team shot well in the first half, with AU connecting on 7-22 field goals (31.8%) while SDC hit 6-18 shots (33.3%). The difference was from the free throw line, as AU was 11-16 from the charity stripe and SDC was 6-12.
The second half saw both teams go on small runs throughout. After AU stretched their lead to 35-25, SDC scored the next seven points on three straight possessions on buckets from Calvin Seaberry, Del Bene, and Kevin Dawson to cut the lead to 35-32.
The Saints bounced right back and went on a small 7-0 run of their own to move the lead back to double digits with 10:42 remaining. Both teams kept exchanging baskets for much of the second half, and AU looked to be pulling away with a 54-45 lead with 4:26 left in the game.
The Hawks would not go quietly, as Del Bene drove and kicked the ball out to Tim Sanders who drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to 54-48. After a defensive stop, Del Bene drove and hit a leaning jumper in the lane to bring the AU lead down to 54-50. After a pair of Saints free throws, SDC’s Keenan Patterson connected on a three pointer from the corner to make it a one possession game at 56-53 with 1:20 left in the game. The Hawks’ defense forced a bad pass from the Saints, setting up the opportunity to tie the game for the first time since early in the first half.
On the ensuing possession, Dawson drove and kicked the ball out to Del Bene, who promptly drilled a three pointer to tie the game. The tie would last only a few seconds, as AU’s Jonathan Wyatt nailed a three pointer from the corner on a skip pass from Jason Landry to put the Saints up 59-56. On the next possession, SDC pounded it inside to Sanders, who hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to cut the lead to one.
SDC worked for a steal, but were unable to strip the ball, and fouled the Saint’s Javier Valdez. After missing the first free throw, Valdez made the second, sending AU to a 60-58 advantage. AU, with a foul to give, fouled Del Bene with :4.7 seconds left in the game as he crossed half court.
After an SDC timeout, Arvizu caught the inbound pass and drove to his left, getting into the lane and putting up a shot. The ball fell off the side of the rim and was batted out as time expired.
SDC was led by Sanders with 12 points, including hitting 3-5 three pointers. Del Bene added 12 points and Mylleville had 10 points.
The Hawks shot 64% from the field in the second half, including hitting 6-9 three pointers. SDC struggled from the free throw line, connecting on only 8-15 attempts. SDC outrebounded AU 31-22, but the Saints forced 17 SDC turnovers, leading to 17 points.
“I was happy with the way we rebounded and played in the second half,” continued Cook. “Ultimately, missed free throws and turnovers did us in. We are a more efficient team than that but did not execute tonight.”
“We must continue to improve and work to play a complete 40 minutes to be the team we want to be.”
The Hawks continue their season on Friday, December 30th at 6:00pm against Baker University (KS).
Thu., Dec 29th, 2011 [box score
] Santa Barbara, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team took one half to get going, but when they did, they rolled out a 44 point second half en route to an 84-69 victory over Cal State Maritime in the GSAC Classic hosted by Westmont College. The Lady Hawks used a balanced attack that saw six players score in double figures and domination on the glass by out-rebounding the Keelhaulers 47-32 to move to 11-2 on the season with the win.
The Lady Hawks started the game on a 9-1 run but went cold shortly thereafter. CSU Maritime went on a 17-4 run over an eight minute stretch in the first half to build a 30-22 lead with 4:48 remaining in the first half. SDC responded to close out the first half with momentum and tie the game at 40-40 heading into halftime.
CSU Maritime started hot in the second half and the Keelhaulers moved in front 47-42 just four minutes into the second half. However, over the next 10 minutes, SDC would put together a 30-4 run that moved a small deficit into a dominating lead. During that span, the Lady Hawks held CSU Maritime without a basket for a stretch of over eight minutes. Within that scoreless time, the Lady Hawks lead went from 54-51 to 72-51.
The Lady Hawks were led by Juanita Lewis (pictured left) and Brittany Robinson with 16 points each. Brittany Daniel added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Rounding out the balanced scoring was Hannah Miller with 12 points, Heather Serven with 11 points, and Jermani Stewart with 10 points.
The Lady Hawks had a 15 rebound advantage for the game, including pulling down 18 offensive boards. SDC shot 45.7% for the game from the field, including hitting 17-39 shots in the second half. The Lady Hawks also collected 15 team steals.
SDC continues the GSAC Classis hosted by Westmont College on Friday, December 30th against Pacific Union College at 1:00pm.
Tue., Dec 20th, 2011 Rocklin, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team completed their Northern California road trip with a convincing 64-42 victory against William Jessup University on Wednesday afternoon. The win caps a two game Northern California trip which included a win over Simpson University on Tuesday, and sends SDC to 10-2 overall and made them winners in nine of their past ten games.
“This was a tough trip with all the driving and cold weather,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We stepped up and pulled out two wins, which made the trip worthwhile.”
“It feels great to be 10-2.”
The first half was an even affair as SDC went into the locker room up 27-22 despite shooting only 30.8% (8-26) from the field. Fortunately for the Lady Hawks, six of their eight field goals were three pointers which helped them maintain their advantage.
The Lady Hawks stuck with their gameplan in the second half that included a full court press. The up and down nature of the attack and the depth of the SDC bench was too much for WJU, as SDC blew the game open behind a 35 point second half. The depth of the Lady Hawks’ bench was evident as 11 different players scored in the game.
SDC was led by Brittany Daniel with 21 points on 8-13 shooting, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. Heather Serven was the only other Hawk in double figures with 11 points. Brittany Robinson (pictured left) added 9 points and 7 rebounds.
SDC shot only 37.9% from the field for the game, but shot 40% (8-20) from deep. The Lady Hawks forced 21 turnovers and out-rebounded the Warriors 34-26, including 14-7 on offensive rebounds. .
SDC takes short break for Christmas before heading to Westmont College for games against CSU Maritime and Pacific Union on December 29th and 30th.
Tue., Dec 20th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back in a convincing 82-61 victory of the Thompson Rivers University Wolf Pack on Tuesday night at the Ryan Athletic Center. The Hawks (3-2, 1-1) used a balanced attack that saw six players score in double figures, including all five starters, and dish out 23 assists and while only committing six turnovers.
“We wanted to use ball movement to shift the defense as much as we could and work for the easy bucket,” said Senior Guard Keenan Patterson. “We focused on moving the ball around and things opened up for us.”
The Hawks started out quickly with an 8-0 run to kick off the game. SDC pushed the lead to 14-6 on a Kevin Dawson layup at the 13:56 mark. Dawson started out hot, scoring 10 of the team’s first 14 points. SDC continued to build on its lead, pushing it into double figures at 21-10 when Arash Riahi dropped in a soft hook shot.
The Wolf Pack kept the game within striking distance, and closed the half on a 7-2 run to make it a 33-28 game heading into the locker room.
“At halftime, Coach told us to focus on the defensive end of the court,” said Patterson. “He said that from our defense, everything will take care of itself.”
“We came out and executed from top to bottom.”
The Hawks came out with energy in the second half, behind Freshman Raphael Rodriguez. Rodriguez scored the Hawks’ first six points of the second half and eight of the first ten, pushing the SDC lead back to double figures. TRU scored on consecutive possessions to cut the lead to 39-34, but the Hawks promptly put the game away with a 14-4 run over the next three minutes.
The Hawks maintained a double figure lead for much of the second half, but TRU managed to get the lead into single digits at 63-54 with 6:39 left. SDC responded on a three pointer by Rodriguez, followed by a Rodriguez steal and assist to Tim Sanders (pictured left) for a dunk.
SDC closed the game by outscoring TRU 25-12 over the final six minutes.
Dawson led the Hawks with 14 points, while Sanders added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Johnny Del Bene chipped in with 12 points, Rodriguez had 11 points (all in the second half), and Xavier Mylleville and Riahi each had 10 points from the post. Calvin Seaberry led the team with six assists.
For the game, SDC shot 55.4% (31-56) from the field, including 65.5% (19-29) in the second half.
“Our main statement in the locker room was to remember this feeling,” said Patterson. “We will hopefully carry this over to the games after the break and continue the unselfish, team focused play.”
The Hawks fought through some struggles this week, as leading scorer Benji Arvizu went down with an injury and leading bench scorer Arturo Prieto went home due to the loss of a family member. Head Coach Tim Cook praised his team’s effort after the game.
“We had a lot of adversity this week to deal with as a team,” said Cook. “Not having two of our top scorers meant we had to rely on other guys to step up. We had a number of players that played with great confidence and poise which is what we want from them.”
“There is a lot of promise with the way that those guys performed as we enter the second half of our schedule.”
SDC takes short break for Christmas before hosting Ashford University on December 29th at 7:30pm.
Tue., Dec 20th, 2011 [box score
] Redding, Calif. --
On their longest road trip of the season, the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team defeated Simpson University on Tuesday evening, 80-69. In a team win, The Lady Hawks saw four players score in double figures and dish out 32 assists as a team.
The Lady Hawks are winners in nine of their last ten games, including five straight. On the season, the win moves SDC to 9-2.
The game started out tight, with the score knotted at 12-12 seven minutes into the game. The Lady Hawks would go on a 16-6 run over the next 10:00 to push the lead into double figures. SU battled back and cut the lead to 32-25 on a last second tip-in as the first half clock ran out.
SDC put the game out of reach with a hot shooting second half. The Lady Hawks were 18-29 (62.1%) from the field in the second frame, while holding the Red Hawks to 14-35 shooting.
The Lady Hawks were led by Brittany Daniel (pictured left) with 20 points. Jasmin Thomas added 13 points and dished out 11 assists to collect the double-double. Hannah Miller chipped in with 13 points off the bench and Heather Serven had 11 points.
SDC shot 54.2% (32-59) from the field for the game and won the rebounding battle 35-31. In addition, the Lady Hawks forced 29 turnovers and had 28 team steals.
SDC continues their Northern California road trip at William Jessup University on Wednesday, December 21st at 3:00pm.
Wed., Dec 14th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The early portion of the GSAC schedule was not kind to the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team, as the Hawks hosted The Master’s College on Saturday night. SDC fell victim to the Mustangs as a late rally was snuffed out and TMC stretched the lead out late in route to a 77-60 win.
The loss sends SDC to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the GSAC. TMC moves to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the GSAC. The Hawks' two GSAC games this season are against the two teams at the top of the conference standings and their GSAC opponents are a combined 19-3 overall.
The Hawks started out running, taking a quick lead behind some sharp outside shooting from Senior Johnny Del Bene. At the 16:39 mark, Del Bene drilled his second consecutive three pointer to push SDC in front 15-6. However, over the next eight minutes, TMC’s Mike Harmon would hit six three pointers (including on three consecutive possessions) and the Mustangs had turned a nine point deficit into a 30-20 lead.
The lead would remain in double figures heading into halftime with TMC up 43-32.
The second half saw TMC maintain their double figure lead for much of the time. Every time SDC would go on a small run, the Mustangs would hit a big shot to quiet the charge. The Hawks cut the lead to seven with 11:38 remaining on a three pointer by Tim Sanders, but TMC responded with a three pointer of their own.
SDC again cut the lead to single digits with 4:12 left on a three pointer by Arturo Preito. But TMC came right back with a drive and dish from Anthony Cammon to Paul Brown for a dunk that seemed to put the Hawks away.
TMC closed the game on a 10-2 run and the 17 point margin of victory was their largest lead of the game.
SDC was led by Del Bene with 19 points and Benji Arvizu added 8 points.
For the game, TMC won the rebound battle 36-20. SDC got to the foul line often, converting 18-27 attempts from the charity stripe. TMC shot 31-61 (50.8%) while SDC was 17-40 (42.5%).
After the game, Coach Tim Cook lamented his team's loss, stating, "We have to get better on defense. I preach it everyday in practice that we have to bring it come game time. We have to be better on and off the ball."
In addition, Cook looks to keep improving. "This is the best conference in the country and we need to have patience as we are working on changing and improving the program."
"This is a process and takes time. We will keep working and look forward to the next opportunity we have to prove ourselves on the court."
The Hawks host Thompson River University (Canada) on Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00pm.
Sat., Dec 17th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --
It took an extra five minutes of overtime, but the San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team moved to 8-2 on the season with a 69-66 victory over Menlo College on Saturday evening. The win marks the second time this season that the Lady Hawks have won four games in a row and was an important win as it was the last non-conference home game.
"This was a big win for us," said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. "Menlo is a good team, and this victory was important moving forward."
The first half was an even battle for much of the time, with neither team expanding their lead past four points. MC went on an 11-4 run over a four minute stretch to build a 29-20 lead with 3:41 left in the first half. The Lady Hawks responded with consecutive buckets by Junior Brittany Daniel (pictured left) and free throws from Brittany Robinson and Jermani Stewart to close the half on a 7-0 run and cut the Oaks’ lead to 29-27.
The second half saw MC move in front and hold the lead until a pair of Stewart baskets put SDC in front 47-43 with 11:13 remaining in regulation. The Lady Hawks built their lead to seven at 59-52 with just over five minutes left. SDC then went cold, watching MC take a 60-59 lead with 1:46 left.
After a turnover, MC was working to run the clock. With the shot clock running down, Juanita Lewis jumped in front of an Erika Garcia pass to steal the ball and SDC called a timeout, trailing by one. On the ensuing inbound pass, Lewis attacked the basket and was fouled going up for shot. After missing the first free throw, Lewis calmly knocked down the second. SDC forced a turnover on the next possession, with just :05 seconds remaining. A desperation heave from Heather Serven fell short and the game headed to overtime.
The Lady Hawks never trailed in the overtime period, with Lewis scoring seven of the team’s nine overtime points. Lewis drilled a three pointer to push SDC up 67-63, only to see MC continue to battle. A pair of Daniel free throws pushed SDC in front by three, and a last second three point attempt was blocked by Daniel and SDC claimed the win.
Daniel led SDC with 23 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Stewart had 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Robinson had 8 points and hauled in a team high 14 rebounds. Off the bench, Lewis had 8 of the team’s final 10 points and grabbed 6 boards.
"The bottom line is that we have been able to win these tough games even when we don't play well," said Dillon. "We can fix these things that we have been doing well, so this can be a positive for us."
"This win keeps our momentum going as we head up north this week."
SDC heads to Northern California for a pair of games against Simpson University on Tuesday, December 20th and William Jessup University on December 21st.
Wed., Dec 14th, 2011 [box score
] San Bernardino, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College Lady Hawks basketball team continued their early season success, defeating NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday night 71-65. The game was considered an exhibition for SDCC, but counted as regular season game for the Coyotes.
SDCC rallied behind leading scorers Brittany Robinson (pictured left) and Brittany Daniel, who combined for almost half of the Lady Hawks' points. The win is the first for SDCC in the previous eight meetings against the Coyotes, who are coming off an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament last season.
SDCC fell behind early, but fought back and took the lead on a Brittany Daniel jumper with 12:13 left in the first half. That bucket was part of a 14-2 run that put The Lady Hawks in front for good. CSUSB cut the lead to 26-22 with 6:40 remaining in the first half. SDCC responded with an 11-4 to close out the first half with a 37-26 lead.
SDCC used nine offensive rebounds to tack on 14 second chance points in the first half.
The Coyotes started to piece a comeback together in the second half, going on a 15-5 run to cut the lead to 49-47 with 9:34 to play. SDCC countered with a pair of free throws from Robinson and a jumper from Jasmin Thomas.
The Coyotes came right back with a pair of buckets to slice the league down to two again. The Lady Hawks promptly stretched the lead out on consecutive three pointers from Hannah Miller and Heather Serven off assists from Thomas. SDCC built the lead back up to double digits with just over two minutes left in the game on a pair of free throws from Thomas.
CSUSB scored the next seven points, leaving SDCC up 67-64. Miller converted the front end of a 1 and 1 with 1:02 remaining. On the miss, Serven grabbed the offensive rebound for SDCC and was fouled. Serven knocked down both free throws to put the game away.
Robinson led SDCC with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Daniel added 17 points and 7 assists. Thomas chipped in with 12 points and Serven had 8 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks’ defense forced CSUSB into a poor shooting night, only shooting 32.8% (22-67) from the field.
SDCC welcomes Menlo College to campus on Saturday, December 17th for a 5:30 tip off.
Sat., Dec 10th, 2011 [box score
]El Cajon, Calif. --
With 12 players playing at least 10 minutes, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team showed their depth and used a balanced attack to defeat the Central Bible College Spartans (MO) 89-59 on Saturday night at the Ryan Athletic Center.
The win moves SDCC to 2-3 overall on the early season.
“We always urge our players to play with energy and desire,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “If they don’t, they know we have someone that can spark us off the bench. Ultimately, we used that depth to wear them down tonight.”
SDCC started the game on a 9-2 run and never trailed. CBC fought back to cut the lead to five at 12-7, but Senior Guard Johnny Delbene nailed three pointers on three of the next four possessions to move the lead to double figures. Again, the Spartans clawed their way back into the game, cutting the lead to 24-19 with 8:30 before half. SDCC would remove any doubt by going on an 18-4 run over the next 6:30 and went into the locker room with a 46-31 lead after Senior Guard Keenan Patterson (pictured left) drove into the lane and converted a layup as time expired in the first half.
The second half saw SDCC’s lead balloon up to 35 at one point, as the Hawks shot 58.1% from the field in the half and hit five three pointers, including on three straight possessions early in the half. The Hawks paced quickened in the second half, as they had seven steals which led to 13 fast break points.
For the game, the Hawks were led by Toni Cali off the bench with 16 points on 6-8 shooting. Benji Arvizu (14 points), Delbene (11 points), and Tim Sanders (10 points) also scored in double figures. Sanders grabbed 8 rebounds and Delbene had 5 assists. On the defensive side of the ball, Patterson and Raphael Rodriguez had three steals each for SDCC.
“Our bench players played great for us tonight,” said Cook. “Tony (Cali) with his scoring, and Keenan (Patterson) with his tenacity and hustle, were outstanding. Our entire bench did a great job of keeping the foot on the pedal in the second half.”
Overall, Cook looks to keep the momentum from this win going.
“With the difficulty of our schedule, this homestand in December is important for us to get confidence heading into GSAC games in January.”
“We are focused on finishing finals this week and gearing up for next Saturday when Master’s comes in.“
SDCC welcomes The Master’s College to campus on Saturday, 17th for their last GSAC battle until January.
Sat., Dec 10th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team continued their early season success on Saturday evening, defeating the University of La Verne for the second time in five days 57-46. The win moves SDCC to 7-2 overall on the early season.
Both teams struggled early, with ULV clinging to an 8-7 lead at the 13:39 minute mark; however, the Leopards would not score the rest of the first half. SDCC would close out the first half on a 15-0 run to head into the locker room with a 22-8 lead. Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with the SDCC shooting 33.3% (9-27) and ULV shooting a dismal 8.3% (3-36).
The Leopards came out of the locker room and went on a 13-6 run to cut the Lady Hawks lead to 28-21. SDCC responded with buckets from Brittany Robinson and Sabrina Jimenez (pictured left) to push the lead back into double digits. The closest ULV would get was six at 36-30, but the Lady Hawks refused to let the lead slip any further and closed the game out matching ULV bucket for bucket down the stretch.
The Lady Hawks were led by Brittany Daniel with 14 points. Michelle Gonzalez gave the Lady Hawks a huge lift off the bench with 10 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds from the point guard position. Robinson added 9 points and Jasmin Thomas chipped in 8 points, including drilling a jumper as time expired in the first half. Jermani Stewart continued to control the glass with 11 rebounds.
For the game, SDCC shot 36.7% from the field, and only connected on 1-16 three point attempts. The Lady Hawks also grabbed 50 team rebounds.
The Lady Hawks head to Cal State San Bernardino for an exhibition contest on Wednesday, December 14th at 5:30
Mon., Dec 5th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --In a game where the largest lead was only seven points and both teams battled to seven ties and eight lead changes, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team had a chance with seconds remaining to tie or take the lead, but came up short in a thrilling 71-69 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Monday night.
The loss sends SDCC to 1-3 overall while CMS stays perfect at 7-0.
The first half saw the Hawks struggle from the field, connecting on only 12-31 shots. CMS looked to stretch their lead out before half, but a pair of buckets by Raphael Rodriguez and a free throw from Johnny Delbene (pictured left) in the final two minutes, kept the game close. Despite the cold shooting, SDCC was only trailing 37-32 at the break.
To start the second half, both teams went back and forth with neither team building a big lead. SDCC fell behind seven with 15:42 left, but the Hawks went on a 10-2 run to take a 47-46 lead after Delbene hit a three pointer with 13:25 remaining.
The Stags quickly took the lead back, never to relinquish it. CMS went up 67-62 with just over 2:00 remaining, but the Hawks would not quit. Tony Cali stole a pass and hit Benji Arvizu on a fast break for a layup, on which Arvizu got fouled. Arvizu was unable to convert the three point play, and the lead stayed at three. The Stags broke the SDCC press and converted a layup of their own to push the lead back to five at 69-64. Delbene promptly brought the ball up the court and drilled another three pointer to cut the lead to two with :16 left in the game. CMS converted a pair of free throws and Delbene attacked the basket, drew a foul, and knocked down both free throws with :08 left. SDCC immediately fouled, and CMS missed the front end of a 1 and 1. Delbene brought the ball up the court and called a timeout with :03.6 remaining in the game and trailing 71-69.
Benji Arvizu received the inbound pass and attacked the hoop, splitting two Stag defenders. As Arvizu went up, he was fouled and the ball just rimmed out with only :00.1 left on the clock. Arvizu’s first free throw attempt was short and hit the front of the rim, setting up an intentional miss in an attempt to tip the ball in. But a lane violation gave CMS the ball back and the Stags were able to inbound the ball and run out the clock.
Delbene led SDCC with 17 points on 4-5 shooting from beyond the arc, while Arvizu and Tim Sanders had 11 points each.
SDCC struggled from the free throw line, going 14-26 from the charity stripe. In addition, CMS shot 54.3% from the field in the game and SDCC lost the rebounding battle 41-24.
The Hawks look to rebound at home on Saturday against Central Bible College (MO) at 7:30pm
Mon., Dec 5th, 2011 [box score
]La Verne, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball team blew open a close game at halftime by dropping 44 second half points in route to a 80-64 win over the University of La Verne on Monday night. The win pushes the Lady Hawks to 6-2 overall (1-1 in the GSAC).
SDCC jumped out quickly to an 8-0 lead, but the Leopards kept fighting back and kept the score throughout the first half. The Lady Hawks were plagued by 16 first half turnovers which kept La Verne in the game. The Leopards also got 23 bench points in the first half and SDCC went into the locker room up 36-34.
The second half saw SDCC jump out on a 13-2 run to start the half. The Lady Hawks saw the lead diminish to three at the 12:29 mark, but SDCC responded with an 18-0 run over the next 5:30 to put the game out of reach. The closest the Leopards would get again is the final margin of 80-64 when the clock expired at game’s end.
SDCC had a balanced attack, led by Brittany Robinson (picture left) with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Jermani Stewart added 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Heather Serven had 13 points and Sabrina Jiminez had 10 points. Hannah Miller also had 9 points for the Lady Hawks.
SDCC shot 50% from the field (28-56) and had 24 team assists. In addition, the Lady Hawks shot 15-25 from the field in the second half to put the game away. For the game, SDCC got to the foul line 30 times, converting 17 of the opportunities.
The Lady Hawks continue their season on Saturday, December 10th at home versus La Verne University.
Sat., Dec 3rd, 2011 [box score
]El Cajon, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College women’s basketball had a disappointing conference opener on Tuesday night. SDCC responded to defeat The Master’s College 67-62 at home on Saturday night.
The Lady Hawks even their conference record to 1-1 and move to 5-2 overall. TMC falls to 0-1 in the GSAC and 5-4 overall.
“This was a huge game for us and really sets the tone for the rest of the season,” said Head Coach Kelsey Dillon. “We needed this win after the loss to Concordia. We can go through the rest of our non-conference schedule with confidence and know that we can compete with the GSAC teams come January.”
SDCC start out strong in the first half. After falling behind 3-2, the Lady Hawks never trailed again in the game. SDCC slowly built their lead and used a late 13-5 run, including a pair of free throws from Brittany Robinson and a three point play from Jermani Stewart (pictured left) with less than a minute left, to stretch the lead to 37-26 at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, Robinson drilled a three pointer off an assist from Heather Serven to give SDCC their biggest lead of the game at 40-26. The Mustangs slowly chipped away at the Lady Hawks lead, and went on a 15-6 run over a seven minute stretch to tie the game at 54-54.
The Lady Hawks then turned to Junior Brittany Daniel. Daniel, limited in the first half due to foul trouble, took control over the next four possessions. On those four possessions, Daniel scored seven points and had an assist to Serven, and gave the Lady Hawks the lead for good. TMC responded with a three pointer to cut the lead to 63-62, but a pair of free throws from Jermani Stewart after her eigth offensive rebound of the game moved SDCC up three, and free throws from Jasmin Thomas and Robinson put the game out of reach.
The Hawks were led by Daniel with 25 points. Stewart was a force inside, scoring 15 points and hauling in 16 rebounds, including 8 offensive boards. Robinson added 11 points.
“We are really excited about getting our first GSAC win,” said Stewart. “This will help us in the upcoming GSAC season.”
“We are always looking to improve and there are things that we need to work on, but this was a great win for us.”
SDCC now heads into the rest of their non-conference schedule for the rest of December.
“We want to use this stretch to continue to improve on our weaknesses and work on the chemistry of the team,” said Dillon. “We have a couple of girls that will be joining the team at the end of the semester, so it is a good time to get them comfortable in the mix.”
SDCC hosts Pacifica College on Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30pm.