A week after losing two Golden State Athletic Conference road games, the Westmont men’s basektball team has been righting its ship on its own home floor.
Thursday night at Murchison Gym, that revival took another step with a 86-74 GSAC victory over Ottawa University, sparked by a game-high 18 points from Kyle Scalmanini.
Olisa Nwachie added 17 points and six rebounds in the win for Westmont (11-6, 5-4), while Maxwell Hudgins hit four 3-pointers for his 12 points on the night.
Desean Scott just missed out on double figures with nine points, adding six rebounds; Cade Roth was just as close, with nine points and eight rebounds in the win.
Rebounding was a key stat for Westmont, out-working OUAZ by a 45-33 margin, and helping to hold the Spirit to 34.4 percent from the field (22 of 64), limiting them to only two second-chance points.
Westmont stays at home for a 3 p.m. GSAC matinee on Saturday, hosting Arizona Christian.
NO. 14 WESTMONT 61, OTTAWA 49
Maud Ranger hit five 3-pointers as part of her game-high 17 points in the Warriors’ GSAC victory over the Arizona-based Spirit.
Kaitlin Larson added 15 points and five steals for the Warriors (14-6, 7-3), while Sydney Brown had 13 points and nine rebounds down low.
Westmont — which got out to a 25-11 lead after one quarter and never trailed — forced Ottawa (8-9, 2-8) into 23 turnovers to the Warriors’ 12, helping them overcome a 39.6-percent shooting effort from the field (19 -for-48).
Westmont will play the first half of a GSAC doubleheader with the men, hosting Arizona Christian at 1 p.m.
SANTA BARBARA 83, SANTA YNEZ 45
The Dons kept out front in the Channel League standings with a romp over the Pirates at J.R. Richards Gym.
Jackson Hamilton led the Dons (23-3, 8-0) with 17 points, whiel Stephen Davis had 12 points, and Jackson Gonzalez and Will Rottman 10 points each.
Santa Barbara travels over to San Marcos on Tuesday night, with a chance to clinch the Channel League title with a victory over the Royals.
SANTA BARBARA 59, SANTA YNEZ 45
The Dons moved into a first-place tie with the Pirates in the Channel standings with a road victory over their title contenders, behind a game-high 25 points from Athena Saragoza.
Santa Barbara used a 23-4 run to close the game against Santa Ynez, overcoming a nine-point deficit in the third quarter.
Freshman Jaeda Spence, playing her first varsity game, had five points and nine rebounds for the Dons (14-10, 6-2), while Caia Trimble had nine points and three assists. Briana Trujillo chipped in with eight points in the win.
LA REINA 47, BISHOP DIEGO 44
The Cardinals nearly erased a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get a last-second shot off at the buzzer in a Frontier League loss to the Thousand Oaks-based Regents.
Julia De La Cruz led Bishop Diego (7-13, 2-5) with 14 points, while Ashlyn Oxton and Taylor Pate had eight points each.
All three of Bishop Diego’s Frontier road losses have come by a combined five points.
Bishop Diego wraps up its season Tuesday by hosting Villanova Prep.
SAN MARCOS 5, CABRILLO 0
Two goals each from Peter Aldapa and Michael Palmer, and a stout defensive effort helped the Royals (13-4-6, 7-0-1) score a Channel road victory over the Conquistadores at McIntyre Field.
Aldapa’s goals book-ended the Royals’ scoring, with Matt Hislop’s goal coming in the middle, between Aldapa’s efforts and each of Palmer’s strikes.
Caden Vom Steeg assisted on Aldapa’s opener, while brother Jarod sent a cross in for Hislop’s goal.
Elinton Geronimo led the Royals’ back line with a stout effort on the outside.
SANTA YNEZ 3, DOS PUEBLOS 0
Erik Guerrero scored once in each half to lead the Pirates to a Channel victory over the Chargers at Pirate Field.
Ricky Romero had two second-half assists for Santa Ynez (4-3-1 Channel), the second of which went to Roger Rivera in the 71st minute.
Collin Jannes recorded the assist on Guerrero’s first goal, coming in the 30th minute; Romero’s first assist came on Guerrero’s second, in the 62nd minute.
Juan Sanchez had four saves to preserve the shutout for Santa Ynez.
CATE 2, LAGUNA BLANCA 1
The Rams (5-5-1, 2-2-1) scored a key Frontier League road victory over the Owls, rallying from a 1-0 halftime deficit with two second-half strikes, both from Daniel Boateng.
The Owls took the lead in the 35th minute on a long-range shot, giving them the lead at the break.
Boateng took a Will Deardorff pass from the wing in the 53rd minute and hit from 25 yards out for the equalizer.
He struck again a few minutes later, this time from 30 yards out to give the Rams the lead.
LOMPOC 1, SANTA BARBARA 0
The Dons suffered a Channel loss to the Braves at Warkentin Stadium.
Thalia Rodriguez made five saves in the loss for the Dons (6-11-3, 3-4-1), which faces Santa Ynez at San Marcos on Monday night.
CATE 1, SANTA CLARA 1
Lilly Riehl’s 22nd-minute goal off a corner kick was the Rams’ lone tally in a Frontier League draw with the Saints.
Maddie Erickson send the corner into the Santa Clara box, where Riehl redirected it into the net. Cate (5-3-2, 4-0-2) hosts Bishop Diego at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
GIRLS WATER POLO
SO. CAL. CHAMPIONSHIPS
The three local entries in the Orange County-based event all came away with wins on the day
Dos Pueblos opened with a 13-0 blanking of Long Beach Poly, led by four goals from Kelly Meckelborg and seven saves from Anna Cable. They followed it with a 10-4 comeback win over Schurr-Pasadena, in which they blanked Schurr in the second half behind 10 saves from Cable; Shannon Connolly and Abbi Hill had three goals each.
San Marcos topped Irvine 11-2 in its opener, behind three goals from Sara Engmyr, and two each from Chloe Spievak, Madi Spare and Angie Drake. The Royals then beat Los Alamitos 11-4 behind Fiona Kuesis’ four goals.
Santa Barbara spent the day scoring an 11-6 victory over El Toro, behind four goals and three assists from Abigail Hendrix.
Elise Power added three goals in the win, while Faith Tedesco made 11 saves for the Dons.