Warriors Finish Two-for-Two in Atherton

Submitted by: Jordan Wyatt - November 30th, 2013


WM_PRIM_FC_A_RGBBy Jordan Wyatt

November 30, 2013

(ATHERTON, Calif.) For the second day in a row, Westmont Men’s Basketball (4-2) tallied 80 points in route to another victory in the Lamont Ramsey Classic. Once again, stifling defense and sharpshooting were the keys for another victory.

On Friday, the Warriors shot 64 percent from the field as they defeated Menlo by a score of 80-59. This afternoon, Westmont shot over 50 percent from the field in each half (52 percent overall), converted 75 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe (18-for-24), and transformed 15 Keelhauler turnovers into 21 points as they sunk Cal Maritime 80-61.

Westmont was led to triumph by senior guard Brendan Hill (16 points on 67 percent shooting, 6 assists, 6 rebounds) in what Westmont head coach John Moore described as “the best game” of Hill’s college career. “Brendan played against a very good defensive guard, excelled, and led the team exceptionally well,” declared Moore. “I’m very proud of the way he played.”

Cal Maritime opened the game with an 8-2 lead – unexpected by many Westmont players. “We got off to a bad start,” explained Moore. “However, because we didn’t play well in the first two minutes, our guys actually saw how good of a team (Cal Maritime) is. This got them going fast.”

By halftime, Westmont had amassed an 18 point advantage (42-24). The usual suspects, comprised of senior forwards C.J. Miller (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Jason Ritchey (6 points), as well as junior center Daniel Carlin (9 points, 9 rebounds), led the way for the Warriors in the first half.

“I said to the team afterwards that I thought C.J.’s consistency has been the key for us so far this season,” applauded Moore. Through six games this season, Miller has averaged 20.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. He currently leads the team in scoring and places second in boards to Carlin (7.5 per game).

The Keelhaulers opened the second half on a 6-0 run that slashed the Westmont lead to 12 (42-30). However, five swift points from redshirt freshman guard Billy Keller (12 points) thwarted the comeback attempt.

On the way to victory, the Warrior bench pitched in 18 points – as opposed to nine from Cal Maritime’s reserves. A large chunk of Westmont’s bench scoring was provided by senior guard Mantas Drungys (8 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds).

Although they didn’t light up the stat sheet, Westmont’s subs played pivotal minutes in the second half, helping to preserve a double-digit Warrior lead throughout.

“Mantas, (and junior guards) Jared (Wilson) (4 points) and Nate (Marsing) (4 points) were the unsung heroes of today’s game,” exclaimed Moore. “We challenged our bench to outscore their bench by 15 points. Even though that figure wasn’t met, they rose to the occasion.

Another key statistic was Westmont’s assist-to-turnover ratio. As a team, the Warriors cashed in on 14 assists, as opposed to only 11 turnovers.

The Warriors will look to be just as efficient in their upcoming game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The two face off Tuesday at 7:30 inside Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium.