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Hawks Knock Off Sunbirds for First GSAC Win

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CC_GSACSat., Jan 14th, 2012 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team captured the first GSAC win for Head Coach Tim Cook on Saturday evening, as the Hawks controlled much of the game, and held off a late Fresno Pacific run, en route to a 61-55 victory over the Sunbirds at the Ryan Athletic Center.

SDC moves to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the GSAC. FPU falls to 11-6 overall and 2-4 in the GSAC.

“This was a great team effort,” said Senior Xavier Mylleville (pictured left). “If we play the system that the coaches teach us, we are a difficult team to defend. The times when we don’t stick with that system is when we have lost. Tonight we played together, stayed within the system, and we got a win. “

In a game where SDC never trailed, the Hawks got going quickly, going on a 7-0 run to start the game and stretched the lead to 10-2 on an Arturo Prieto three pointer. FPU bounced back with an 11-3 run to knot the game at 13-13 with 9:29 left in the first half. Both teams went back and forth until SDC went on a 12-3 run over the final 5:20 in the first half to take a 31-22 lead into the break.

The Hawks took a double digit lead right out of the locker room. SDC continued to build their lead and held their largest lead at 44-29 at the 15:44 mark. FPU quickly cut the lead back to 10, when Donte Nicholas scored and was fouled. Nicholas missed the free throw and the ball was tipped out to the Sunbirds’ Kenny Bradford who drilled a three pointer.

FPU kept chipping away and cut the lead to 51-46 with 7:24 remaining. The Hawks responded with three pointers on consecutive possessions by Tim Sanders and Johnny Del Bene to move up 57-46.

One final FPU push saw the Sunbirds go on a 9-0 run, scoring on four consecutive possessions to cut the SDC lead to 57-55. The Hawks, determined not to let the game slip away, used stifling defense to hold the Sunbirds scoreless over the final 2:40 to fend off FPU and win the game.

SDC had a well balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Arturo Prieto led the Hawks with 12 points off the bench, dropping in 4-7 three pointers. Mylleville had 11 points, including a pair free throws in the final minute, while Johnny Del Bene and Tim Sanders had 10 points each. Benji Arvizu added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

The Hawks dominated the glass, winning the rebound battle 36-28. SDC also hit 11-27 three pointers and shot 42% (21-50) from the field.

FPU was led by Nicholas with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

“We have to keep playing hard and sticking with our fundamentals,” added Mylleville. “We are not a group of individuals, but a team.”

“If we keep playing team ball, and stick to the system, the sky is the limit.”

SDC continues their season on the road at Hope International on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:30.

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