Sharpshooting leads Westmont Men to Victory

Submitted by: Jordan Wyatt - November 29th, 2013


WM_PRIM_FC_A_RGBBy Jordan Wyatt

November 29, 2013

(ATHERTON, Calif.) Instead of raiding clearance buckets at a megastore, Westmont Men’s Basketball (3-2) spent their Black Friday draining baskets as part of the Lamont Ramsey Classic in Atherton, hosted by Menlo College.

From the get go, no tryptophan lull seemed to slow the Warriors. Overall, Westmont shot 64 percent (28 of 44) from the field, including 57 percent (4 of 7) from three-point land, as the team pulled away in the second half to secure a 80-59 victory over the Oaks of Menlo (2-5, 1-0).

Senior forward C.J. Miller (20 points on 9 of 12 shooting, 4 rebounds) was particularly fiery, scoring 10 of the Warriors’ initial 12 points to open the game. Junior center Daniel Carlin (8 points, 9 rebounds) manhandled the glass early, recording five rebounds in the first 10 minutes of play.

However, each player was tagged with two first half fouls, prompting Westmont head coach John Moore to recall them both to the bench. Nevertheless, supported by their accurate shooting, the Warriors finished the half with a 34-28 advantage.

Senior forward Jason Ritchey (22 points on 8 of 11 shooting, 8 of 10 on free-throws, 3 rebounds) stole the show in the second half, scoring 16 of his game high 22 points in the latter 20 minutes.

“We started both halves well, and played great on defense in the second (half),” commented Moore. “(Menlo was) stuck on 46 for about 8 straight possessions, which really helped to build our lead.”

Contributions from senior guards Brendan Hill (2 points, 5 assists) and Mantas Drungys (11 points on 3 of 4 shooting, 3 rebounds), along with junior guard Nate Marsing (8 points on 3 of 3 shooting) amplified the Warrior lead as well.

“Mantas and Brendan played really well in the second half,” affirmed Moore. “Jason was also really special in the second half,” he continued. “We did a fantastic job of rebounding throughout. This season we’ve outrebounded all but one of our opponents by at least ten boards.

The other two teams participating in the tournament are the Mustangs of Master’s College (5-2) and the #22 Keelhaulers of NAIA Division II Cal Maritime (7-2). Earlier in the day, the Mustangs defeated the Keelhaulers 92-70.

Westmont faces off against Cal Maritime at two o’clock tomorrow. “Cal Maritime is a very good NAIA Division II program,” said Moore. “They are very athletic and extremely well coached. They’ll be a challenge for us and we’ll have to make sure that we don’t get complacent after our 20 point win tonight.”

The Master’s and Menlo square off at four o’clock, immediately succeeding the Warriors’ matchup.