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Carlin Clinches the Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 14th, 2014
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By 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.


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.


Mastering the Game

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 12th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Success is never an accident. It is a byproduct of consistency, hard work, determination and teamwork. Tonight, the Westmont men’s basketball team defeated The Masters in a 87-71 showdown in Murchison Gymnasium. While this game was many things, it surely was not an accident.

This game was electrifying.

Both teams started off a bit slow in the first half, but once Westmont took a minute to re-group, they hit the ground running and never looked back. “Our guys didn’t get out of the gate very well and it wasn’t until the eight minute mark that we recognized that we had to play much better than we were. Thankfully we turned the corner about the midpoint in the first half,” opened head coach John Moore.

There were three players in double figures by the end of the first 20 minutes. Cory Blau and Daniel Carlin combined for 26 of the total 44 points going into halftime. Blau was perfect (4-4) from the free throw line, while Carlin was perfect (5-5) from the paint. Jerry Karczewski wrapped up the first half being 3-5 from outside the arc and 1-2 from the free throw line, putting a total of 10 points on the board. With 10 assists, the Warriors were moving the ball well and getting it to their open players in a complete team effort.

This game was consistent.

On nights like tonight, numbers can speak for themselves. The Warriors used the energy of the first half to help build even more of a lead in the second. In the final 20 minutes of play, they shot an impressive 13-23 from the field (56.6 percent), 6-11 from three point range (54.5 percent) and sunk 11 of their 17 free throws.

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Eagles Defeat Warriors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 7th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was a high intensity, electrifying night in Murchison Gymnasium as Westmont took the court against Concordia (8-1, 2-0 GSAC) this evening. The game was a battle for the entire 40 minutes, but the Eagles were able to pull ahead at the end and escape with an 83-76 Victory over the Warriors.

“This was a game of missed opportunities. I thought we had lots of chances tonight. When we built an eight point lead in the first, I knew we really needed to close the half well, because both teams were in foul trouble. But to go into halftime with a tie ball game instead of a six or eight point lead gave them a lot of confidence coming into the second half,” reflected head coach John Moore.

The Warriors, who defeated the defending NAIA National Champions on Tuesday, were trying to continue their three-game winning streak. But as the clock wound down, they were unable to make the plays that were necessary to give them the upper hand.

“There were crucial times in the second half when we needed to take care of the ball, but we had eight possession changes without scoring,” continued Moore. “When you don’t score that many times in a row, you’re going to have trouble winning a game.”


Underdogs on the Rise

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 3rd, 2014

By Christy Cain

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) Sometimes the greatest joy of being on a team, is working together to accomplish things that other people may not have expected you to do. That was certainly the case as the Westmont men’s basketball team stepped on the court tonight and defeated #1 Vanguard 77-63.

“We just beat the reigning NAIA National Champions who has four returning starters from last year. That was a great win for us,” exclaimed head coach John Moore.

In their first Golden State Athletic Conference match-up of the year and a game where the odds were stacked against them, the Westmont men put on quite a performance to showcase what they are truly made of.

“Sometimes the ‘underdog’ way is the best way to go. When you are underrated, it gives you a little bit of an advantage” reflected John Moore. “Every disadvantage played in our direction: we were playing the defending National Champions, it was our first conference game, we had a bunch of young guys on the court and we were coming off of a road trip, while Vanguard played at home last Saturday.”

Considering that the Warriors held the lead for the entire 40 minute game, they sure did not look like underdogs tonight. They contained the Lions to a 29% overall from the field and 7% from the three point line, which speaks volumes to the intense and tight defense that Westmont was running this evening.

Undefeated in Atherton

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 29th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(ATHERTON, Calif.) Westmont’s men’s basketball team posted their second win of the weekend with a 77-64 victory against Cal Maritime this afternoon.

“We got a big win today. We had a very, very good shooting percentage which directly reflected the good play that we got out of a lot people today,” opened head coach John Moore.

The Warriors shot an impressive 64 percent from the field today. They were 13 for 19 in the first half alone and came out with 14 for 23 in the second. With three players finishing with double-digit points, the offense was firing on all cylinders. Daniel Carlin led the charge with 17 points, followed by Cory Blau with 13 and Gerry Karczewski with 10.

Once again, senior Daniel Carlin was a machine in the paint. He made all six of his shots from the field and grabbed seven total rebounds this evening. “Daniel was the force in the middle. He had fifteen points at the half and was all around really, really good” exclaimed Moore. “As a team we had a rebounding margin of 27-19 and shot absolutely phenomenal from the field.”

Moore Reaches 500 Wins with Warrior Victory

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 28th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

November 28, 2014

(ATHERTON, Calif.) The Westmont men’s basketball team defeated Menlo (1-6) this evening on the road in Atherton, California. The 87-69 victory marks head coach John Moore’s 500th career win.

“When I reflect on the 500 wins, I think about the great amount of Westmont men with great character who I have been able to coach” reflected Moore. “I am in the midst of 22 years here (at Westmont) and I am so proud of the guys, what they are doing in their lives today, the families they have and what they are doing as husbands and fathers.”

In his 27 years of coaching, Moore has earned an overall record of 500-301, with 421 of those wins coming in the last 22 years at Westmont.

“It is such an incredible privilege to be at Westmont, my alma mater, which is probably the greatest Christian institution in the country,” said Moore. “I couldn’t do it without all the people in the athletic department. From Dave Odell, to the people I work with in Kinesiology department to (President) Gayle Beebe, (Provost) Mark Sargent and the great leaders of this school. I even have to go back to David Winter who was the President when I was a student. I am just really indebted to quite a few people—I wouldn’t be here without them.

“I am so appreciative of my wife and my daughters who once again had to sacrifice Thanksgiving without a dad and husband. They have been my pride and have meant so much to be in this venture as a college basketball coach. I certainly couldn’t do it without Rachel, Jacqueline and Jessica.”

Toros Take the Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 22nd, 2014

Tonight the Westmont men’s basketball team took on their third Division II opponent of the season. While they played Cal State Dominguez Hills point-for point the entire game, a couple of missed opportunities down the stretch led to an eventual 73-65 loss this evening.

“I think we played a nice game for a good portion of the time, we just couldn’t close the door. We had a few six and eight point leads, but I think our inexperience came back to haunt us. We had a couple of missed free throws and layups” opened head coach John Moore.

In one of the most high energy games so far this season, the Warriors remained neck and neck with the Toros the entire time. The competitive nature of the game was directly reflected in the similarity of the statistics. The Warriors made 24 of their 54 total shots this evening, while the Toros made 26 of their 54 total shots. Westmont was 7-18 from the three-point line, while Dominguez Hills was 6-18. Most of the game was played within a two to four point margin.


Five Warriors Score in Double Figures

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 16th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(POMONA, Calif.) The Westmont men’s basketball team had an all-around impressive performance as they took the court this evening against Cal State San Bernardino. Despite the eventual 77-81 loss, the Warriors battled it out against a top Division II school.

“Tonight we played the CCAA Champions from last year– one of the top Division II programs here in California. They have won the CCAA Championship nine of the last thirteen years. So, next to Cal Poly Pomona, they will be one of the top teams in CCAA this year,” opened head coach John Moore.

It was a battle from the moment that the whistle blew and the clock started winding down. The Warriors were running their offense well, while moving the ball quickly and efficiently. In the first half alone, Westmont sank an impressive 50 percent from the field. They played the Coyotes point for point; so much so that the score was tied 39-39 going into halftime.

“We played two really tough opponents the last two games and I really liked the way that we responded tonight against a talented San Bernardino team,” explained Moore. “We ran a good offense. We hit 54 percent from the field. We had 24 assists and 12 turnovers, so a 2:1 ratio is a good indicator of the high level offensive play that we had. We got good play out of Cory Blau tonight. Britton Williams was 6-1 assist to turnovers, which is great. We also got good play out of Sean McDonnell, Sean Harman and Daniel Carlin.”


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