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  • Tuesday, Nov. 25

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts CSU San Marcos, 5:30 pm

  • Friday, Nov. 28

    • Men's Basketball
      Menlo Tournament
      • WC at Menlo, 4 pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 29

    • Men's Basketball
      Menlo Tournament
      • WC vs Cal Maritime, 2 pm

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.”


Problems in Pomona

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 15th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(POMONA, Calif.) If there is one concrete fact that people know about the Westmont men’s basketball team this season, it is that the majority of them are very young. Their lack of collegiate court experience became blatantly obvious tonight in their 62-85 loss against Cal Poly Pomona.

Going into this game, the Warriors knew that the Broncos have an older and more experienced roster of men who would give them a run for their money. But from the moment they won the tipoff, Cal Poly Pomona took off running and never looked back. And by “took off”, I mean that they went on a 22-0 run that had Westmont scrambling to regain their composure.

Five minutes and fifty-five seconds into the game, a three-pointer by freshman Jerry Karczewski finally broke their opponents’ streak and got Westmonts first points on the board. From there, the Warriors had miles of ground to make up, but their shots simply were not dropping. In the first half, the men had made a mere total of 9 out of 22 field goal attempts while Cal Poly sank 20 of their 29 total shots.


Three Point Throw-Down

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 8th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) “Tonight was a coming out party for our freshman Jerry Karczewski,” opened head coach John Moore about his team’s 71-59 victory over Bethesda this evening. “He comes from a great legacy family in this town—his dad played on one of the best Santa Barbara County teams I have ever seen. It was very special night for Jerry.”

The freshman’s 15 point performance certainly gave the crowded gym something to celebrate this evening. He was 5 for 9 from the three-point line, all of which came in the first half of the game. Considering he sank three of his three pointers within a span of four minutes, he not only lit up the court in Murchison Gymnasium but had the fans continually on their feet.

Karczewski’s standout performance would not have been possible without the help of junior guard Britton Williams who seemingly has a way of setting his teammates up perfectly time and time again. Tonight it became evident that Britton has a way of seeing the court, drawing the opponents defense and then dishing the ball to the open teammate.

“Britton Williams was great tonight. With four steals, seven assists and 14 points, he had a very complete game. He is a really great teammate because he makes others look good. Jerry came in very confident in this game because he knew that teammates like Britton would find him and get him the ball,” raved Moore.


Warriors Write Opening Chapter with News Release

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 6th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Tonight, the Westmont men’s basketball team dusted off their shoes and took the court for the first time this year in an exhibition game against traveling team News Release. While the score got a little too close for comfort towards the end of the game, the Warriors were able to walk away with a 72-71 victory this evening.

“I really liked the energy we played with in the first half and the start of the second half. I thought we got a little tentative towards the end, but that’s understandable when you have as many new guys as we do,” opened head coach John Moore who is kicking off his 22nd season at Westmont with a win.

There was an even distribution of responsibilities on the court tonight. While sophomore Cory Blau was the go-to shooter this evening, junior Britton Williams was handling and moving the ball well and senior Daniel Carlin was not only crashing the boards, but came up with a team high of 22 points. It was a collective team effort.

“I really like the way Britt Williams led the team. I thought he did a very, very nice job. Daniel (Carlin) was consistent and had a special game. I thought Cory (Blau) played well. I always love the way Jared (Wilson) and Nate (Marsing) lead us on the court as captains,” reflected Moore.

Coach John Moore’s Basketball Journey Started Early, In A Foreign Land

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 18th, 2014
USA U18 court coach John Moore shares a laugh with USA U18 National Team hopeful Tyus Jones. Photo courtesy USA Basketball.

By Craig Ellenport

Reprinted by Permission

For some people, being involved with USA Basketball creates an opportunity to travel the world and broaden horizons. For John Moore, the order was reversed.

In Moore’s case, spending his childhood years in another part of the world created an opportunity to become involved with USA Basketball and cement a love of the game that would shape his life forever.

Moore, the longtime and very successful head men’s basketball coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara California, was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this week to serve as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. This was Moore’s second stint as a USA Basketball court coach (he worked previously with the 2002 USA Men’s U18 National Team). He’s been a college coach for more than 30 years, following his playing days at Westmont. And it all started when he was a kid growing up in Japan – and his family played host to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

Moore to Coach with USA Basketball

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 22nd, 2014
John Moore

USA Basketball has announced that Westmont Basketball head coach John Moore has been named one of three court coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 Team training camp. The other two court coaches are Danny Manning of Wake Forest (N.C.) and Steve Schmidt of Mott Community College (Mich.).

The training camp will take place June 10-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“As a coach, there are few greater honors than those in which you get to work with other coaches as you represent your country,” Moore said. “What a privilege it is to work with USA Basketball ensuring the ongoing teaching of this great game of basketball to our athletes.

“I hope during this time to stir in these young men an added passion and appreciation for this beautiful game,” Moore continued. “In a practical sense, I hope to put each player in the best possible position for him to be successful.

Basketball Coaches to be Honored

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 6th, 2014
Basketball on the Hardwood

Westmont Men’s Basketball head coach John Moore and Women’s Basketball head coach Kirsten Moore have been selected as members of the inaugural class of the Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions.

According to a release by organizer Curt Pickering, the hall of fame organization has been established to “recognize and honor individual from our Santa Barbara Community who have succeeded in and/or made significant contributions to the Game of Basketball.” (sic)

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