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Hawks Fall After ‘Lopes Strong Second Half

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Tue., Nov. 8, 2011[box score  

Phoenix, AZ--It was a game of two halves for the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team on Tuesday evening. The first saw the Hawks battle the NCAA Division II Grand Canyon University ‘Lopes to a three point deficit at the break and gain a two point advantage minutes into the second half. The second saw GCU outscore SDCC 45-19 the final 17 minutes of the contest in route to an 83-59 win in the exhibition contest. 

 “I am happy with the way we played,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “GCU is a very good team. The kids fought hard and we are improving. This was a great learning experience.”   

The first half continued to go back and forth and GCU went into the intermission with a 35-32 lead.  

“We played well defensively in the first half and hit some good shots,” added Cook. “We felt confident heading into the break.”   

The second half appeared to be going the way of the first, with both teams exchanging points early. SDCC took a 40-38 advantage after Johnnie Delbene stole the ball from Chris Johnson and took it in for a layup.  

Things then took a turn in favor of the ‘Lopes. The Hawks went scoreless in a six minute stretch and saw the two point lead turn into a 13-point deficit in that time frame. The GCU onslaught continued and the run stretched to 30-8 to put the game away. 

Cook noted, “We didn’t execute well and rushed some shots. Then they went on that run.” 

GCU was hot all night, shooting 51.8% from the field for the game. In addition, the ‘Lopes were 22-26 from the charity stripe.  

The Hawks were led by Arvizu with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Tony Cali added 13 points. Tim Sanders chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds. Delbene collected five steals.  

“We play these exhibitions for us to see where we are early and so we are aptly prepared heading into the GSAC portion of our schedule,” said Cook. “This is a great learning experience for us, and we are accomplishing our goals in these exhibitions.” 

 The Hawks return to campus for their home opener on Friday, November 11th versus Pacifica College at 7:00pm.  


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