Sat., Nov 12th, 2011 [box score
]El Cajon, Calif. --
Fresh off a victory in another exhibition on Friday night, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team finally played a game that counted when they hosted #23 Carroll College (MT) at the Ryan Athletic Center. The final was not kind to the Hawks, as SDCC could not fend off a second half run from the Fighting Saints in a 71-62 loss Saturday night.
Head Coach Tim Cook was expecting a battle from the Saints. “I knew after Carroll’s loss to Point Loma, that they were going to be ready,” said Cook. “They play with passion and have a winning tradition. I told the team we need to be prepared for the best effort from such a prominent program.”
The Hawks started out quickly with an 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the game before a CC timeout to settle their team. The Saints found a groove and went on a 23-10 run over a six minute stretch to turn a deficit into an advantage midway through the first half.
With 1.7 seconds left in the half, SDCC’s Benji Arvizu cut backdoor and received a pass from Keenan Patterson. Arvizu was fouled on the layup, but powered the ball up and in. Arvizu converted the three point play and knocked down the free throw to cut the CC lead to 36-33. It appeared that the Hawks would go into half down three, but CC’s Jordan Weirick snuck behind a pressing Hawk defense and received a long pass, dropping the ball through the hoop as the first half expired to push the lead to 38-33 at half.
The first half saw a free throw discrepancy in favor of the Saints, with CC attempting 16 shots from the charity stripe to only 6 for SDCC.
When asked about the foul trouble, Cook stated, “We have to learn to be aggressive, yet at the same time, stay poised. We are still learning a new system and it takes some time to master it.”
The second half resembled the first as SDCC would make a small run, only to see CC respond with a small run of their own. The Hawks cut the lead to 46-44 with 12:58 remaining, only to see CC go on a 11-3 run to push the lead to double figures. The Saints were able to keep the Hawks at bay the rest of the game and take the win 71-62.
SDCC was paced by Arvizu with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Xaiver Mylleville added 10 points in limited action due to foul trouble. Tony Cali and Kevin Dawson had nine points each. The Hawks shot poorly in the second half, connecting on only 10-27 shots.
“We did a great job out of the gate, but still have yet put together a complete 40 minutes,” said Cook. “That is the process we are working on in the early portion of our season.”
“With the difficult schedule, we have a good gauge to help us see where we are.“
The Hawks travel to the University of Utah to battle the Pac 12's newest member in an exhibition on Monday, November 14th.