Sat., Feb 25th, 2012El Cajon, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team closed the season out in style, upsetting the #4 Concordia Eagles 90-86 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 16 rebounds from Senior Calvin Seaberry (pictured left).
“This was a great team effort and we did everything that we were supposed to do,“ said Seaberry. “Coach put an emphasis on rebounding and pushing the tempo and we executed the gameplan Coach drew up.”
“You couldn’t have asked for a better script than to go out on Senior Night with a win.”
The first half was a back and forth affair that saw five ties and six lead changes. Neither team was able to build a lead larger than six points at any time in the first half. CU tipped in a missed shot as time expired in the first half and went into the locker room with a 40-37 lead.
The second half continued as the first ended, with SDCC tying the game at 43-43 at the 15:53 mark. After the Eagles nailed a three pointer, SDCC went on an 11-3 run and took a lead they would not relinquish.
The Eagles, playing like the GSAC champions they are, kept trying to make a run. However, time and time again, SDCC would hit big shots.
CU made a late run, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 76-74 with 4:02 on the clock. SDCC turned to their seniors, as Johnny Del Bene knocked down a pair of free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Tim Sanders stripped the ball from CU’s Tommy Granado and Del Bene hit a jumper on the subsequent fast break.
CU again made a run, bringing the lead down to 81-77 with 2:48 remaining. SDCC responded with a layup from Seaberry, a pair of Del Bene free throws, and a Benji Arvizu layup to build the lead to 87-77 with 1:05 remaining. The Eagles knocked down a pair of three pointers in the closing seconds to cut into the lead, but SDCC held on to the 90-86 win.
SDCC was led by their starting five, seniors Seaberry (20 points and 16 rebounds), Arvizu (19 points), Del Bene (18 points), Kennan Patterson (9 points), and Tim Sanders (8 points and 8 rebounds).
Before the game, SDCC honored seven seniors, including Arash Riahi and Xaiver Mylleville, in addition to the previously mentioned.
“I told the seniors that there are only about 1% of basketball programs that get to end their season with a win due to tournaments,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “We competed so hard all season, and lost so many close games, but tonight they did everything we asked of them and we pulled it out.”
"On Senior Night, to honor these guys who have been our leaders and best workers, you honestly could not have scripted it better.“
Cook added, “This season and this game are an incredible building block for our program. It will take time, but I think that we are showing that the program is moving in the right direction. “