Warriors and Thunderbirds Win on Byron Opening Day

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 29th, 2015


Jerry Karczewski

Jerry Karczewski

The 40th edition of the Tom Byron Classic got underway on Tuesday in Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium with Westmont and British Columbia posting decisive victories over their opponents. The two teams will meet up tomorrow night at 7:30 in what has become an unofficial championship game.

British Columbia (12-3) won the first game of the Classic by defeating Antelope Valley (5-7) by a score of 93-71. The Thunderbirds were led in scoring by Conor Morgan with 23 points and Philip Jalalpoor with 20. British Columbia shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from beyond the arc. Antelope Valley was led by Kadeem Minor who tallied 15 points.

In the evening game, #14 Westmont (10-3) posted a 104-72 victory over Life Pacific (1-17). All 16 Warriors contributed to the scoring. None played more than 14 minutes or less than eight.

Cory Blau led all scorers with 19 points, going seven of eight from the field including four of four from three-point range. Jerry Karczewski scored all 18 of his points on six-of-six shooting from beyond the arc to tie a team single-game three-point field goal percentage record held by Tyler Dutton. Dutton went six-for-six against Wisconsin-River Falls on November 26, 2005.

Sean McDonnell tallied 10 points while going four of six from the field. Britton Williams notched 10 assists and five points.

As a team, the Warriors shot 55.9 percent from the floor (38 of 68) and 53.6 percent from the perimeter (15 of 28).

Life Pacific was led in scoring by Blake Terry and Basil Cantu who tallied 17 points each. Steven Murphy added another 15 points. Life Pacific went 24 of 59 from the field (40.7 percent) including 33.3 percent from three-point distance (9 of 27).

Life Pacific will take on Antelope Valley tomorrow in the third game of the Tom Byron Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. This will be the third meeting between the two teams, with each club having claimed one win.

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