After suffering its first Golden State Athletic Conference to The Master’s on Saturday night, the Westmont men’s basketball team got back to its winning ways with an 84-78 victory over Hope International on Thursday night at Murchison Gym.
The Warriors (18-2, 7-1 GSAC), who are ranked No. 4 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, got 22 points each from Abram Carrasco and Cade Roth, while senior center Justin Bessard had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bessard was a big reason Westmont won the rebounding battle, 37-32, against a Hope International team that entered the game with the highest rebounding margin (+14.5) in the NAIA.
“It was a very important win to get our confidence and connectedness back under us,” Westmont coach John Moore said. “Abram Carrasco was really special out there with what we needed to do to attack the rim. We went away from our Princeton stuff a little bit and put Bram in ball screen situations, where he was able to kick it out to open shooters.”
Hope International fell to 14-6 and 3-5 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
WESTMONT 59, HOPE INTERNATIONAL 36
Lauren Tsuneishi went 4-for-8 from beyond the 3-point line and rattled off 16 first-half points to lead the Warriors past the Royals in a Golden State Athletic Conference game at Murchison Gym.
“Lauren was really aggressive in the first half and the only offense we could get going,” Westmont coach Kirsten Moore said. “We struggled to get rhythm all night. In games like that, it is nice to be able to rely on your defense. To hold them to 36 points for the game was good.”
Westmont put the game away with a 22-8 second quarter that afforded the Warriors a 40-23 lead at halftime. Maud Ranger led the Warriors (14-3, 7-1 GSAC) in rebounds, recording 19 on the night and making it a double-double by adding 11 points. Gabriella Stoll also notched a double-double, posting 12 points and 11 rebounds.
CARPINTERIA 54, FILLMORE 40
Dylan O’Neill had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors to a victory over the Flashes. Gabe Mendel also added 10 points and four rebounds and Jose Suarez had nine points and four rebounds for Carpinteria.
LA REINA 43, BISHOP DIEGO 39
La Reina buried six 3-pointers in the game.
Citlali Morales led Bishop Diego with eight points, while Ashlyn Oxton and Julia De La Cruz had six apiece for the Cardinals (16-7, 3-2 league).
SANTA YNEZ 53, DOS PUEBLOS 36
After the Chargers kept the game close in the first quarter, trailing 10-8, the Pirates exploded in the second quarter to outscore DP, 18-4, for a 28-12 advantage at halftime.
Dos Pueblos committed 21 turnovers and shot just 24% from the field.
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SANTA BARBARA 18, LOMPOC 5
Santa Barbara coach Mark Walsh picked up his 1,000th career victory as coach of the Dons Thursday when his team picked up a 13-goal win at Lompoc.
Freshman Poppy Buel had a great varsity debut against the Braves, netting four goals while Bella Macioce and Siena Kelly each totaled three goals and three assists.
Rachel Whitney and Ella Maclear each had two goals and two assists in the win.
CARPINTERIA 12, HUENEME 3
Sophomore Briana Rodriguez had four goals and senior Sadie Mead had three to lead the Warriors to a convincing win over the Vikings.
Carpinteria improved to 11-5 overall and 5-1 in league.
DOS PUEBLOS 2, SANTA YNEZ 1
The Chargers got goals from Precious Nwosu and Kamila Picket to score a Channel League win over the Pirates.
Dos Pueblos improved to 6-3-2 overall and 3-1-2 in the Channel League.
THACHER 1, LAGUNA BLANCA 0
The Owls drop to 3-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in Frontier League play. Game details were not available.
LAGUNA BLANCA 3, BISHOP DIEGO 3
Senior captain Luca Wahlberg scored all three goals for the Owls in their draw at home over Bishop Diego.
Laguna Blanca led 2-0 at halftime before the Cardinals went ahead with three goals after intermission. Bishop Diego scored the go-ahead goal in stoppage time before Wahlberg connected on a penalty kick just before the match ended.
SANTA YNEZ 2, DOS PUEBLOS 1
DP fell behind one goal early and even after tying it up, a late goal by the Pirates handed them a 2-1 loss at Santa Ynez.
The Chargers (11-5-2, 3-3-0) were down 1-0 at the half but Seba Depont got things nodded up in the second half.
A few minutes later, DP committed a foul in the box and Santa Ynez converted the penalty to earn the victory.