Warriors Rally For A Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 30th, 2014

 

Williams_0258By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.)  The Westmont Warriors had quite a comeback in Murchison Gymnasium this evening as they took on Saskatchewan (Canada) in their first game of the 39th annual Tom Byron Classic.

Westmont, who was down 30-40 at halftime, came out with a vengeance in the second to solidify a 72-63 win over their opponents.

“We played really well in the second half. Any time you hold a team who was shooting as well as they were in the first half (51 percent), to less than half of that shooting percentage in the second (23 percent), you are doing something right. They were killing us on the boards in the first, and in the second we out-rebounded them by seven,” reflected head coach John Moore.

While the first 20 minutes of the game were a bit scattered, the Warriors were able to regain their composure and come out with the intensity and focus that is needed to be successful.

“At halftime we talked about leadership. We felt like we needed stronger leadership on the court, and our guys bought into the concept and came out much stronger,” continued Moore.

With more leadership came intentional communication and controlled movements. The Warriors did a fantastic job of taking care of the ball tonight. They finished a grand total of 23 shots made from the field, 19 of which came from assists.

“It was brought to my attention that only one of Saskatchewan’s five starters scored a basket in the second half this evening. And they only made seven total baskets in the second half. This speaks to how tough our defense was and how we were able to make it difficult for them to score” remarked Moore.

Despite the Huskies tall roster, the Warriors were able to shut down key players and fight for both offensive and defensive rebounds. Daniel Carlin finished with nine rebounds and Jerry Karczewski had five, while Sean Harman and Cory Blau tied with four each.

“Britton Williams (nine points, six assists), even though he didn’t get into double figures, did a great job of leading our team in the second half. This is still a new team for him—he’s still recognizing what his role is and tonight he did great,” continued John Moore.

“It was the first time in four games that Daniel (Carlin) hasn’t had a double-double, but he ended up with 18 points and nine rebounds. He shot very well from the field and had a really nice game. He played the most minutes in one half as he has all season long (18 minutes in the second half) and really contributed well,” closed out Moore.

The earlier game of the Tom Byron Classic was a point-for-point matchup against Westminster (Utah) and Victoria (B.C.). With three seconds left in overtime, Westminster’s Jordan Pryor sunk a three-pointer that gave the Griffins an 81-80 victory.

Victoria was led by Chris McLaughlin who finished with 22 points, while Westminster was led by Pryor who finished with 18 points this afternoon.

The Tom Byron Classic will continue tomorrow afternoon as Westminster takes on Saskatchewan at 3:00 p.m. and Westmont tips off against Victoria at 7:30 p.m.

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