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  • Saturday, Jan. 31

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Welcome to the Grind

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 28th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) “This is ‘Grit week’ around the Westmont campus. They are talking about it in chapel and it is a focus in some class discussions. It is a term that is not used often enough in our society,” opened head coach John Moore when talking about Westmont’s 56-52 win over Vanguard (13-9, 5-4 GSAC). “I love grit. Our team has a large amount of grit and they showed it tonight.”

Grit is essentially ones work ethic and toughness of spirit when faced with obstacles and setbacks. It is keeping your nose to the grindstone when situations are hard and nothing is going your way. Ultimately, grit is the perseverance to continually work towards a long term goal, no matter how difficult circumstances become.

Anyone who watched this evening’s game, could see that it the first half was a bit scattered. As coach John Moore explained it, “The team came out of the gate great with Daniel (Carlin) scoring the first eight points and then they just sped up and played way too fast.” By this point in the season, the Westmont men know that in order to win games, they need to play at their level and find a consistent rhythm as a team on the court. The key to doing this is patience. Patience with each other, patience in regards to ball control and patience in knowing that if you take calm, collected shots, sooner or later they will begin to drop.

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Heartbreaker in Fullerton

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 25th, 2015
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“I feel like we gave this one away,” said Westmont Men’s Basketball head coach John Moore after the Warriors (17-4, 6-2 GSAC) lost a Golden State Athletic Conference game at #4 Hope International (18-1, 6-1) on Saturday night by a score of 72-68.

“Give them all the credit; they are a very good team,” continued Moore. “There is a reason they are a top-five team, but I think we have a chance to be a top-10 team and we needed to play like it. This is a game that we gave back to them and I am disappointed in that.”

The Warriors shot 57.7 percent in the first half (15 of 26) and built a 16-point lead (36-20) with two and one-half minutes to go before intermission. But a series of three Warrior turnovers and four missed shots let the Royals close out the half on an 8-0 run and narrow the deficit to eight points (36-28) before the horn sounded.

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Daniel Carlin Named GSAC Player of the Week

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 21st, 2015
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Senior captain Daniel Carlin is the first Warrior to earn a title of Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week so far this season. This is an award that is voted on by the conference and given to a competitor who has had an exceptional week of play. Daniel’s achievements over the last seven days, coupled with his steady and consistent play over the whole season made him the perfect candidate and recipient for the award.

In last Thursday’s match-up against San Diego Christian, Carlin worked hard to establish himself on the inside. He was continually working the key, getting solid positioning on his defender and making plays happen. Daniel was 9-17 from the field and ended up as the lead scorer of the game with 19 points on the evening. Along with that, the 6-9 245 pound veteran pulled down a team high of eight rebounds and had two blocked shots while leading his team to a 75-49 victory.

Running Up the Rankings

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 21st, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(LA MIRADA, Calif.) Tonight the Westmont men’s basketball team officially moved in to a tie for first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference. If you were to take a look at the GSAC website, you would see that the conference currently has two teams (Concordia and Westmont) holding a record of 6-1, while Hope International and Arizona Christian each hold a 5-1 conference record. What does four teams only tallying one loss each mean?

Every. Single. Game. Matters.

Westmont certainly took care of business when they stepped on to the court against rival Biola University (13-8, 1-6 GSAC) tonight. Despite a little bit of a slow start, the Warriors had an excellent performance tonight on the basketball court as they took home an 83-65 win on the road.

“I don’t even want to talk about it because I don’t want to go away,” joked head Coach John Moore. “I feel like I will wake up and this will all be a dream. I think when you shoot as exceptionally well as we did tonight, everything on the court looks good. We have great shooters who hold some of the best three point shooting records in the country. When you go 15-24 from outside the arc, your team is going to do well.”

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An Overtime Upset

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 18th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It has been exactly ten weeks and four days since the Westmont men’s basketball team tipped off their 2014-15 season. This could be converted to 74 days, or (roughly) 1,776 hours. In basketball terms, it could be translated as 19 games so far this season. And for Westmont specifically, it’s been 13 wins and six losses.

A lot has happened in those 74 days.

When looking at the team back in November, some people could have found it easy to title them as “young” or “inexperienced”. It could have been easy to focus on the players that they graduated instead of this year’s talent. It could have been easy for people to look at their incredibly difficult schedule that was ahead of them and be skeptical of their ability to produce wins. It could have been easy to look at the GSAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll – where Westmont was picked to finished seventh out of the nine conference teams – and be uncertain of the men’s ability to climb the rankings.

Despite the circumstances that surrounded this season, the Westmont men never doubted themselves. Instead, they fully bought in to each other. From day one, they bought in to the idea of being the best that they could be. They bought in to the idea of pushing each other day-in and day-out during their practices. They bought into the concept of training up their six freshmen and growing their underclassmen into leaders. They bought in to the idea of not allowing outside circumstances to dictate their ability be to successful. They set their minds on the goals and dreams they had for this season.

But you know what? Dreams don’t work unless you do. And tonight, the Westmont Warriors went to work against #13 Arizona Christian University. In arguably the best battle of the season, the Warriors’ hard work paid off and they walked away with an 82-81 overtime win.

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Bentz is Back

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 16th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) “There are two things that, if done well, will cause your team to win some basketball games. And those two things are: rebounding and playing defense. I thought our men did a great job at both of those this evening,” opened head coach John Moore about Westmont’s 75-49 victory of the San Diego Christian Hawks.

Despite not having played a game since last Thursday, the Westmont men stepped on the court tonight and went to work. The opening minutes of the game were a bit stop-and-go for both teams, but once the Warriors hit their stride, there was no looking back.

Westmont played fundamental basketball the entire way through. They were making quick moves, sharp turns and hard passes. They were moving the ball and getting it to open shooters. While it took some time to build a lead, the Warriors seemed to focus on capitalizing on transition plays to get points on the board.

“What is important to me is that we finished the first half well. In the last five minutes of the first half, we built a 12 point lead and even had a three pointer to go up by 15. We were focused on finding the right combinations and plays that would work for us” reflected Moore. “We were able to correct some things before halftime and really, really finished well.”
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Banana Slugs Get Salted by Seniors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 9th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

It is scientifically proven that if you pour salt on a slug, it causes severe dehydration that sucks the water and (ultimately) the life out of the small creature. But tonight, when the Westmont Warriors took the court against the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, they learned that- while salt may not work in this particular situation- there is something else that can effectively suck the life out of the Slugs: Defense. It was due to their aggressive defensive efforts that Westmont was able to finish with a 66-50 victory tonight.

Thankfully, the Warriors were anything but sluggish as they took the court this evening. They were playing well-rounded and focused basketball the entire time. “From the very beginning, we played really good defense that held our opponents to just 16 points in the first half. In turn, we were up by 20 at the half which gave us an advantage that helped us eventually walk away with another road win,” opened John Moore.

Westmont was performing well both offensively and defensively throughout the game. By halftime, the Warriors were shooting at a 48 percent clip from the field, sinking 14 of their 19 shots.

While the team’s offense was sound, defense is what won this game tonight. “Nate Marsing led our defense tonight. He was spectacular on the court. He scored eight points, had six defensive rebounds and truly was the captain of our ship this evening,” raved Moore after the game.

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May the Best Warriors Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 7th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(ROCKLIN, Calif.) The Westmont Warriors (10-6, 3-1 GSAC) headed up north earlier this week for a two game road series. They certainly started the trip off well with a 67-58 win over the William Jessup Warriors (9-8, 1-4 GSAC) this evening.

Daniel Carlin opened up the offense for Westmont tonight by scoring their first six points of the game. From there, it was a process of moving the ball around, spreading William Jessup’s defense and getting the ball to our open shooters.

While William Jessup tied the ballgame four times in the opening 20 minutes, they were never able to regain their footing and take the lead. Going into halftime, Westmont was leading 34-24.

When the final twenty minutes started winding down on the clock, William Jessup’s team stepped up their game and intensity. They began to sink shots that helped them close the point deficit. With 12 minutes left in the game, the William Jessup Warriors, look the lead by two points. This was a turning point for Westmont who then not only stepped up their defense, but responded with an 8-0 run that gave them the momentum to close out the game.

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