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Moore, Branson, Sachs Honored by GSAC

February 27th, 2013

The Golden State Athletic Conference announced today the men’s basketball awards for the 2012-13 season. Senior guards Preston Branson of Dallas, Texas and Jordan Sachs of La Habra, Calif., were named to the All-GSAC Team while head coach John Moore was named the GSAC Coach of the Year.

Branson, who was named to the All-GSAC Team for the third time, ranks fourth in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. With a free-throw percentage of .786 (114 of 145), he claims the number seven ranking in the GSAC. Branson has tallied 1,546 career points and currently ranks seventh on Westmont’s Career scoring list.

Sachs ranks sixth in the GSAC from the charity stripe, shooting .803 (98 of 122). He is the GSAC’s seventh leading rebounder at 6.7 boards per game and ranks fifth in assists at 3.53 per game. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.56 is also fifth in the GSAC. Sachs is averaging 10.6 points per game.

Local Youth & Westmont Students Admitted Free to Playoff Games

February 26th, 2013

Friday’s Game Designated as ‘Pink Game’

After finishing first in the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season standings, both the Westmont Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will be hosting GSAC Tournament games the week.

Due to the generosity of a donor, all local area high school students and students of Westmont College will be admitted free of charge to all basketball games hosted at Westmont this week. Students should bring school identification cards to the games to receive a free ticket.

On Thursday night, top-seeded Westmont Men’s Basketball (24-6, 12-2 GSAC) will host the Hawks of San Diego Christian (7-16, 4-10), the number eight seed, in a first round game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Warriors Receive GSAC Awards

February 26th, 2013

After going 14-0 in conference play, Westmont Women’s Basketball is well represented in the Golden State Athletic Conference awards released today.

Head coach Kirsten Moore was named the GSAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. In her eighth season at Westmont, Moore has guided her team to a 24-3 record and an NAIA national ranking of number four. In her head coaching career, all at Westmont, Moore has accumulated a record of 167-77 for a winning percentage of .684.

Also honored for the second year in a row is Tugce Canitez, a senior forward from Izmir, Turkey. Canitez was named the 2012-13 GSAC Player of the Year. In 26 games, Canitez has tallied 557 points (21.4 points per game) and 312 rebounds (12.0 per game) to lead the GSAC in both categories. She also leads the GSAC in field goal percentage at .563 (184 of 327). In 11 statistical categories published by the GSAC, Canitez ranks in the top-10. Last summer Canitez participated in the London Olympic Games, playing for her native country.

In addition to Canitez, sophomore guard Esther Lee of Los Angeles and junior forward Kelsie Sampson of Torrance were named to the 2012-13 All-Golden State Athletic Conference team.

Warriors Finish GSAC with Win over Biola

February 24th, 2013

Westmont Men’s Basketball completed the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season with a 72-61 win at Biola (15-15, 5-9 GSAC) on Saturday night. The eighth-ranked Warriors (24-6, 12-2) shot 50 percent from the filed (26 of 52) and outrebounded the Eagles 42-24.

“It was a good win for the Warrior’s tonight,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “I was proud of our guys, especially playing without Preston Branson. I thought Mantas (Drungys) was particularly good tonight and our defense was impressive.”

Drungys led the Warriors in scoring with 16 points while C.J. Miller added 13 points and pulled down six rebounds. Cooper Damron recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also had four assists.

The Warriors held a 32-22 lead at halftime and built their advantage by as much as 13 (47-34) with just under 12 minutes to play. However, the Eagles whittled away at Westmont’s lead and came within one point (53-52) when Cody Whittick struck from three-point range with 4:26 to go.

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Warriors Complete Perfect GSAC Season

February 24th, 2013

Westmont Women’s Basketball, ranked at number four in the NAIA, completed a perfect regular season in the Golden State Athletic Conference with a 55-49 win over Biola (14-16, 4-10 GSAC). The Warriors improved to 24-3 overall and 14-0 in the GSAC standings.

All-American senior forward Tugce Canitez tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors. Kelsie Sampson added 11 points and five rebounds.

Westmont struggled in the first half, making just 27.6 percent of its shots from the floor. At halftime, Biola led 28-19.

With 11 minutes remaining on the game clock, Biola held a 40-30 lead. Over the next seven minutes, Westmont produced an 18-0 run with Canitez accounting for half of those points. Then Biola scored the next six points to make it a two-point game (48-46) with slightly less than two minutes to play.

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Another Walk-off for Hocutt

February 24th, 2013

If tomorrow night’s Academy Awards presented an Oscar for best encore performance, Westmont’s Tommy Hocutt would have to be considered a front runner. Two days after delivering a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, Hocutt stepped to the plate in the bottom of the twelfth and punched a two-run home run over the scoreboard in right center, giving Westmont (12-8) a 5-4 win over British Columbia (6-6).

The Warriors trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. With one away, Brandon Gildea singled to center and was replaced on the base pads by Ryan Beveridge as a courtesy runner. One out later, Kevin Hammer pinch hit for Chito Elias and singled into right field, advancing Gildea to third. After Fukushima was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Chris Stroh singled through the left side to drive Beveridge home.

Westmont tied the score in the bottom of the eighth inning. David Gabel walked with one out then advanced to second on a single through the right side by Hocutt. With Beveridge pinch running for Hocutt, Gildea loaded the bases with a single to centerfield.

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Thunderbirds Shut Out Warriors

February 22nd, 2013

Westmont bats struggled to create offense on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field, and as a result, the Warriors (11-8) were shut out 8-0 by the Thunderbirds of British Columbia. (6-5). The Warriors generated just six hits against the Thunderbirds’ pitching duo of Matt Thornton and Sean Callegari. Thornton was awarded the win while Callegari earned the save.

Thornton started the game and threw just 58 pitches in five innings, allowing two hits. Callegari allowed four hits in the final four innings, using 56 pitches.

Thornton retired the first eight batters he faced. Brent Fukushima finally got the Warriors on the base pads with a double down the left field line. However, Thornton retired the next five Westmont hitters.

Callegari struggled a bit when he took the mound in the sixth inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Chris Stroh and David Pennington. However the Warriors were unable to push a run across and Callegari settled in after that.

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Walk-Off Grand Slam

February 21st, 2013

Persistence was the word of the day on the baseball diamond at Russ Carr Field. Westmont (11-7) had multiple chances to score, but managed only three runs in the first eight innings as they took on the visiting Thunderbirds of British Columbia (5-5).

Despite back-to-back singles by Chris Stroh and David Pennington, the first inning proved fruitless. Will Barring was left stranded in the second. The Warriors ended the sixth and seventh innings by lining into double plays. Westmont left three more on the base pads in the bottom of the eighth.

Going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Warriors had tallied 10 hits but were down 5-3 after leaving ten men on base.

Frustration, however, was not the word of the day. There was no throwing in the towel, no resignation, no mailing it in, no lagging in effort.

Persistence took its time, but persistence paid off – big.

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