Warriors Put on Quite an Exhibition

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 9th, 2016


Sean McDonnell

Sean McDonnell

Westmont Men’s Basketball (1-0), ranked at number 12 in the NAIA, hosted News Release in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. This is the third time in as many years that the Warriors have welcomed News Release to Murchison Gymnasium. Westmont prevailed 97-80.

News Release is a composed of post-collegiate basketball players who seek to utilize the sport of Basketball to fulfill a Christian mission throughout the world.

Sean McDonnell led the way for the Warriors offensively with 22 points and also collected seven rebounds. Sean Harman added 16 points while Sam Bentz notched 14 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures were Olisa Nwachie (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Jerry Karczewski (10 points).

The first 13 minutes of the game was closely contested with neither team taking more than a five-point lead. With Westmont trailing 21-20 and six and one-half minutes remaining in the opening frame, The Warriors went on an 11-0 run.

Two free throws by Karczewski were followed by a second-chance bucket by Bentz. Karczewski then drained a three-pointer and on the next possession scored on a jumper. McDonnell got in on the act with a layup, resulting in a 31-21 Warriors lead with 3:30 left on the first half clock.

A three-pointer by News Release’s AK Aguer and two more by Jamal Fenton (17 points) helped the visiting team reduce the margin to just four points at the intermission (37-33).

Two in a half minutes into the second half, Nwachie restored the Warriors double-digit lead with a monster dunk. News Release left Nwachie a clear path to the basket and the junior forward did not hesitate.

Westmont would stretch the lead to 14 (52-38) on a jumper in the paint by McDonnell before surrendering the next nine points to News Release to make the score 52-47. The Warriors stopped the bleeding with a four-point play when Harman was fouled while draining a three-pointer.

With 12:19 to play, Bentz scored on a layup to push the margin to double digits for good (63-52). Four minutes later, Westmont increased its advantage to 21 points on a pair of free throws by Britton Williams and then held on to claim a 17-point win.

Westmont will play on the road for the rest of November. This weekend, Westmont takes on Benedictine (Ariz.) and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) in The Master’s Tournament. On November 17, Westmont will play at Occidental and then travel to Irvine to take on Concordia on November 22. Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Westmont will play in the Bud Presley Tournament in Atherton against Southern Oregon and UC Merced.

Westmont’s next home game will be on Thursday, December 1 when they take on the Golden Eagles of La Sierra.

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