Carlin Clinches the Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 14th, 2014

 

carlin 2By Christy Cain

(POMONA, Calif) Imagine this: Twenty nine seconds left in the game, Warriors are down by one point (66-67) coming out of a timeout. Westmont inbounds the ball and begins to run down the clock.

20 seconds….18 seconds…15 seconds….

With 12 seconds left, Sean Harman feeds Daniel Carlin on the right block.  Carlin spins into the middle, up fakes and takes a three foot shot. The gym goes silent and everyone holds their breath as the ball rolls….and rolls….and rolls around the rim.

Drop, finally.

With Westmont up 68-67 and five seconds to go, Pomona-Pitzer inbounds and throws up a long, last second shot.

Airball.

Buzzer sounds.

Warriors rush the court.

It was an exciting ending to a bit of a rocky game as the Warriors defeated the Sagehens 68-67 this evening in Pomona, Calif.

“Tonight’s game was a tale of two halves. In the first half it was evident that we were way off and things weren’t clicking. But I was really, really impressed with the way that our guys played the second half,” opened head coach John Moore.

The first half of this matchup was anything but pretty. While Pomona-Pitzer was shooting 54 percent (17-31) from the field and 66 percent (6-9) from outside of the arc, the Warriors found themselves scrambling to make plays happen. They ended the first twenty minutes being 9 of 30 total form the field and just 2 of 14 from the three point line.

Going into halftime, something had got to give.

“At halftime we knew that we had to change and we tried to keep it simple. We said to focus on talking  more on defense and changed some things offensively,” reflected Moore.” In situations like this, I think people give coaches a little too much credit sometimes – my players deserve all the credit for this one. The guys completely bought in and came out with great intent in the second. We got the lead very quickly in the second and that gave us a lot of hope. ”

It looked like a completely different team in the final 20 minutes of play. The Westmont men were talking, moving the ball, getting open looks and sinking great shots. Something clicked, and the Warriors were on a mission.

“Pomona shot nearly 55 percent in the first half, we shot almost 60 in the second. Pomona shot exceptionally well from the three point line in the first, we shot exceptionally well from there in the second,” raved Moore.” Defensively we were a much better team in the second half. We tried to take their two best players out of the game. Michael (Cohen) who has been averaging 16 points a game for Pomona, didn’t even score in the second half.”

But you know who did score in the second half? Cory Blau and Daniel Carlin.

Cory, who has been averaging 17 points per game for the Warriors, got all 13 of his points in the second half. Daniel “The Thunder from Down Under” Carlin, finished with his second double-double in a row. With 21 points and 12 rebounds, he was unstoppable in the paint.

“Our two seniors were the players of the game in my mind. Daniel Carlin was very, very special again tonight. He was outstanding against The Masters on Thursday and he did great again tonight. He has had two double doubles in a row.  I don’t think he has gotten a game winner in a Warrior uniform before, so tonight was his night,” Moore proclaimed.

“Our other senior, Nate (Marsing), was spectacular tonight. Nate scored 10 points, he defended Michael Cohen and he created some opportunities not only for himself, but for the team at key moments. He made plays when Pomona-Pitzer was double teaming Daniel,” explained Moore.” His leadership tonight was exactly what I wanted and needed out of him this evening.”

Britton Williams was another huge contributor tonight. With nine rebounds and four assists, he was consistent and making plays happen. “Britton also had a very nice game this evening. I think it was his best game as a Warrior,” closed out John Moore.

With this win, the Warriors progress to 6-4 overall, 2-1 in GSAC play. They will be back in Pomona next weekend as they take the court against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7:00 pm on Saturday. December 20.

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