By Jordan Wyatt:
Riding the momentum of Thursday’s upset win over the fourth-seeded Eagles of Biola, fifth-seeded Westmont Men’s Basketball (18-12) ventured south to Costa Mesa for a semifinal battle in “The Pit” with ninth-ranked Vanguard (26-6) – the league’s top seed.
At stake for the two sides was a Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game berth, which is to be played this upcoming Tuesday against third-seeded #23 Hope International (22-9) at a site to be determined. The Royals defeated seventh-seeded The Masters 61-56 in Fullerton to win their eighth straight game.
Coming into this season, Westmont has traditionally dominated the matchup. Dating back to 2009, the Warriors have boasted 10 consecutive victories over the Lions, holding a 56-21 record overall. This year, however, Vanguard has had the upper hand, defeating Westmont twice in regular-season competition.