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Fri., Nov 11th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --After facing two NCAA programs in road exhibition contests, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team was ready to be home. That first home contest came Friday night in the form of a 75-46 thumping of Pacifica College.

“It felt great to be home in front of family and friends,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “Having coached for years, I was fearful that our energy level would be low coming in and it was evident right off the tip.”

The Hawks started on a slow 9-0 run but did not appear to have the life previously seen in road contests at UC Irvine and Grand Canyon University. After PC cut the lead to 9-5, SDCC substituted for all five starters. The Hawks then scored on four consecutive possessions, with three pointers from Tony Cali and Arturo Prieto and consecutive baskets from Jacob Garcia. The energy from the bench players bolted the Hawks on a 20-5 run over the next 7:00 to blow the game open.

Cook noted, “I felt the bench did a good job of playing with energy; in addition, they gave us a solid boost.”

The Hawks relentless defense led to 13 Gladiator turnovers in the first half which led to 13 Hawk points. SDCC also limited PC to only 4-16 shooting in the first half.

The second half was much of the same for the Hawks. SDCC slowly started stretching their lead out, but the Gladiators refused to give up, consistently attacking the basket and pushing the tempo. The Hawks, however, continued with their patient play, working the ball into the post and hitting open shots when the ball was kicked out. The Hawks were 14-29 from the field in the second half, including hitting five three pointers.

The Hawks were paced by Prieto with 17 points off the bench, including shooting 6-8 from the field and 3-5 from behind the arc. The scoring for the Hawks was balanced, as 11 different players were able to score on 22 assists. In addition, the depth of SDCC was evident with 45 points coming from the bench. The Hawks also held an advantage on the glass, out-rebounding PC 39-31.

Overall, Cook was happy with the win, but saw room for improvement.

“I felt we did not execute nor play near as hard as we need to,” said Cook. “We need to be tougher.”

“We have to play with a different mentality as we get closer to GSAC play.”

The Hawks host #23 Carroll College (MT) on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30pm.

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