Warriors look to take GSAC titles

Posted By Horizon Staff March 3rd, 2013 in Editors Pick : 0 COMMENTS

Cameron O’Neil
Staff Writer

The 2012-2013 basketball season has treated the Westmont fans to some outstanding basketball—both the men’s and women’s teams finished first in the GSAC. They will host the conference tournaments at Westmont, giving both teams an advantage to win their respective tournaments.

On the men’s side, Hope International and Arizona Christian will pose the biggest threat. Hope International is currently ranked 18th in the NAIA and is coming off an impressive season. Arizona Christian is not ranked, but has played well for the entirety of the season, finishing up with a record of 18-8.

Westmont has previously defeated both of these teams twice in conference play, which could provide a boost of confidence to help repeat these results. Additionally, Coach WHO Moore is getting good production from YEAR CJ Miller and third-year Jordan Sachs to work with YEAR Preston Branson’s effective performances on the court.

The women’s tournament might pose one of the toughest competitions in the NAIA. Both Vanguard and The Master’s are ranked within the top twelve schools IN WHAT RANKING and both have over twenty wins this year. The women Warriors were able to go undefeated in conference play this year, which displays the team’s talent. With Olympian Tugce Canitez leading the squad and named the NAIA player of the week three different times, Coach Kristen Moore is ready to take on another national tournament.

The women have enjoyed two rounds of byes and will enter the tournament in the semifinal round. They battle the quarterfinal winner at Westmont, tipping off at 7:30 PM on March 1. The men will begin tournament play at home against San Diego Christian at 7:30 PM on Feb. 28.

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