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Hawks Depth Overwhelms Spartans

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CC_GSACSat., 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.

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