By Christy Cain
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It has been said that to “create something exceptional, your mindset must be focused on the smallest details.” It is safe to say that since day one of this season, the Westmont men’s basketball team has been focused on being great. Despite the original low conference standing, despite the critics and despite the limits that have seemingly been put on this team, the men have never wavered. You will not hear a Westmont player talk about how “young they are” or about how “good other teams” are in the conference- because to them, that doesn’t matter. They are focused on the small details that make them Warriors.
Small detail #1: This is a team that is relentless.
Tonight, in the GSAC Tournament First Round, the Warriors showed just how relentless they are. The men took the court in The Murch one last time and defeated The Master’s Mustangs 89-75. From tip off to final buzzer, the Warriors were locked in on defense and firing on all cylinders offensively. They knew the game plan, and they executed it well.
“I have said it many times tonight, but Britton Williams started the game for us and played tenacious defense'” opened head coach John Moore. “He set the standard and we were able to maintain it for most of the game.” The junior guard was quick on his feet and was continually getting the ball to the open shooters. He finished with four points, six assists and four steals.
“The smallest guy on the floor (Williams) and the tallest guy on the floor (Carlin) were very valuable to us this evening,” exclaimed Moore. “Tonight was the last night for Daniel Carlin in a Warrior uniform at home. For him to play as special of a game as he did was very rewarding for him and for the team.”