The Westmont men’s basketball team kept its winning streak going on Saturday, holding off No. 10 Arizona Christian in a 70-69 road conference victory.
The Warriors (10-0, 2-0 GSAC) held a one-point lead with 14 seconds left before missing a three-pointer and giving the ball back to the Firestorm. The Westmont defense held tough, however, resulting in the victory.
Justin Bessard led the Warriors with 19 points and eight rebounds while Jared Brown tallied 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including 4-for-8 from three-point range.
The Warriors also outrebounded the Firestorm, 40 to 35, helping them build a 10 to 5 advantage in second-chance opportunities. Westmont had 13 turnovers but forced 11 out of Arizona Christian.
GAVILAN 95, SBCC 92
SBCC scored a season-high 92 points and scored 11 three-pointers but came up short in a loss to Gavilan at the Monterey Bay Classic.
The Vaqueros (0-9) had a chance to tie the game up with 6.8 seconds left, but Kile Kleiner’s three-pointer from the corner just missed the mark in the final seconds.
Joseph Holden scored a season-high 24 points for SBCC while Brycyn Gossett added a season-high 17.
WESTMONT 74, ARIZONA CHRISTIAN 42
After scoring just 28 points in the first half and leading by just three, the Warriors poured in 46 and outscored the Firestorm by 29 in the second half to win by 32.
Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Kaitlin Larson’s 16 points, followed by Lauren Tsuneishi’s 15, Maud Ranger’s 12 and Iyree Jarrett’s 10. Ranger also collected 13 boards.
For the game, Westmont made 16 3-pointers, tied for the third-most in a single game in program history.
SBCC 64, ORANGE COAST 31
The Vaqueros swarming defense forced 21 turnovers and held the Pirates to just 18 percent shooting in their win on the final day of the Hancock Tournament.
Former Santa Barbara standout Sophia Torres finished with 14 points, eight-rebound and four steals, while fellow former Don Alondra Jimenez had 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Sierra Cavaletto scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds off the bench.
SANTA BARBARA 64, PIEDMONT 54
Athena Saragoza knocked in 11-of-25 shots and scored 26 to help lead the Dons to a 10 point-win and a perfect 3-0 record at the Bryan Ayer Classic in Lompoc.
Jaeda Spence added 10 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while Mireya Gil added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Trina Regalado had four steals and three assists. Maya Banks grabbed six rebounds and made two steals as Santa Barbara improved to 4-3.
FILLMORE 47, DOS PUEBLOS 44
The Chargers led 19-6 after the end of the first quarter but squandered their double-digit lead by the end, losing by three points.
Ashley Gerken led the Chargers in scoring with 15 points and Ava Sommer added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Gerken made the all-tournament team.
BISHOP DIEGO 48, COASTAL CHRISTIAN 36
BISHOP DIEGO 36, COAST UNION 35 (OT)
The Cardinals picked up two wins on Saturday to go 4-0 in the Bird Cage Classic.
In the first game Lily Simolon scored 15 points, Elliot Redkey had 11 and Clara McDonald added eight as Bishop Diego pulled away late against Coastal Christian.
Against Coast Union, the Cardinals (8-1) trailed by three heading into the fourth and were down by the same margin with three seconds left until Julia De La Cruz made a shot from beyond the arc to send it into overtime.
There, Bishop prevailed as Elliot had 15 points and De La Cruz finished with 11. Elliot was named to the all-tournament team.
CARPINTERIA 41, COAST UNION 38
A late-game three-pointer by Gabriella Graham and timely foul shots by Gracie Verdugo led the Warriors to victory in their final game of the Bird Cage Classic.
Graham scored 14 points and senior Kaela Kelley had a team-high 15 points for Carpinteria, who was without its leading scorer Hannia Hernandez on Saturday. After building a 21-15 at the break, Coast Union tied the game with under two minutes to go before the Warriors were able to put the game away.
SAN MARCOS 54, SANTA PAULA 37
Kiani Rojas and Ashley Day each scored nine points to lead San Marcos to a third-place finish in the Fillmore Tournament.
The Royals (5-1) had four other players pour in six points in the win. They opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run on their way to victory. Day was named to the All-Tournament team for her stellar play throughout the week.
SIMI VALLEY 59, SANTA BARBARA 53
Bryce Warrecker and Stephen Davis combined to score 40 points on Saturday, but it would not be enough for Santa Barbara to defeat Simi Valley, losing by six in the consolation final of the Simi Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.
Warrecker scored 24 while Davis added 16. The Dons were within two with under a minute left, but could not get any closer.
OXNARD 48, SAN MARCOS 43
Tied at 17-17 at the half, Oxnard outscored San Marcos 31-26 in the second half in the third-place game at the Simi Tip-Off Classic.
Isaiah Hicks and Tony Nijia scored 15 and 14, respectively, on Saturday as the Royals fell to 2-5 to start the year.
MISSION PREP 70, DOS PUEBLOS 42
After trailing 22-12 at the end of the first, Dos Pueblos used a 13-4 run in the second quarter to trail by just one at the break. Mission Prep then outscored DP 44-17 in the second half.
Cole Collins and Ethan Parrish each scored 11 points in the loss as the Chargers fall to 1-4.
CATE 54, PACIFICA 39
Ethan Ng and Khadim Pouye each scored 12 points to help Cate School beat the Tritons, 54-39, in the third-place game at the Nordhoff Boys Basketball Tournament on Saturday in Ojai. Ng also took home all the tournament hardware home for his performance this weekend.
Trailing 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Rams outpaced Pacifica 33-17 over the next two quarters to take a commanding 43-29 lead into the final frame.
RIO MESA 58, BISHOP DIEGO 46
Down by 10 at the end of the first half, the Cardinals fought back to get within four in the third frame, but could never get closer, losing the fifth-place game in the Nordhoff Tournament.
Bryan Trejo led the Cardinals with 13 points and Connor Streett added nine and some tough rebounding inside.
BISHOP DIEGO 3, ST. BONAVENTURE 0
The Cardinals scored two goals in the second half to help them earn an easy victory over St. Bonaventure.
Michael Luckhurst and Daniel Giannini both scored a goal while Adam Luckhurst scored on one goal and assisted on another.
CATE 3, THACHER 1
Cate opened up its season with a win on Saturday thanks to a great defensive effort that helped them earn a two-goal victory.
Buba Fofanah scored two goals and assisted on another for the Rams. Daniel Boateng scored the Rams other goal.
Cate was down 1-0 at the half but pitched a second-half shutout to come away with the win. Fofanah scored the equalizer five minutes into the second half.
SANTA MARIA 3, DOS PUEBLOS 2
The Chargers continued to battle back from one-goal deficits on Saturday but ultimately fell 3-2 at Santa Maria. It was DP’s first loss of the season.
Aldo Becerril scored one goal for the Chargers while Bubba Gutierrez added the other.
SAN MARCOS 3, ELSINORE 1
San Marcos scored twice in the final 10 minutes of its match against the Tigers to advance to the finals of the Cats and Hounds Tournament.
Senior Anthony Contreras found the back of the net before fellow senior Jairo Guerrero Flores knocked in a goal to put the game away. Dany Aguierre converted a penalty kick to get the Royals on the board before Elsinore scored on a penalty kick of its own to tie the match in the first half.
SANTA BARBARA 3, PASO ROBLES 0
The Dons beat previously unbeaten Paso Robles by three in the semifinals of the Cats and Hounds Tournament.
Santa Barbara scored all three of its goals in the first half with Miguel Alvarado, Juan Carlos Torres and Ben Wilson each getting in on the action. Goalkeeper Connor Lambe earned the blank sheet.
SANTA BARBARA 3, SAN MARCOS 1
The Dons were able to outlast the Royals in the finals of the Cats and Hounds Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Santa Barbara took a 1-0 into the break after converting a corner kick. San Marcos’ Yahir Vasquez tied the game early in the second half, though a deflection off a Royals defender resulted in an own goal before the Dons converted a penalty kick to put the game away.
The Dons scores were courtesy of Pedro Guillen, Ben Wilson, and Luisangel Jeronimo. Jeronimo also assisted on Guillen’s goal as he took the corner kick.
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LOS ALAMITOS 14, SANTA BARBARA 10
The Dons fell to 1-2 on the season following a four-point loss at home.
Abigail Hendrix had three goals, four assists, three steals, four field blocks and drew four ejections. Juju Martinez do Amaral had four goals and two assists while Elise Power added a pair of goals and an assist.
LAGUNA BEACH 13, SAN MARCOS 3
San Marcos dropped to 1-2 on the season following a double-digit loss to defending Div. 1 CIF champion, Laguna beach.
The Royals’ three goals were scored by Ava Stryker, Cassidy Miller, and Chloe Spievak. Zosia Amberger had 6 saves in the goal.
DOS PUEBLOS 7, CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 5
FOOTHILL 10, DOS PUEBLOS 2
CORONA DEL MAR 11, DOS PUEBLOS 2
Shannon Connolly scored four goals in DP’s season opener, resulting in a two-goal win against Cathedral Catholic. The Chargers led 5-1 at the half and held on from there thanks to nine saves from Anna Cable.
DP would lose its next two matches, however, by a combined score of 21-4. Cable had nine saves apiece in those games.