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Game gets away early from TMC

Posted: November 20, 2013 2:13 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2013 2:13 a.m.

The Master's College's Jason Logan (11) drives under the basket against Claremont's Jason Harrington at TMC on Tuesday.

 

The Master’s College Mustangs men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a sloppy first half, losing 68-56 to the Claremont Mudd Scripps Stags at Bross Court on Tuesday.

“It was a learning experience tonight,” said TMC forward Zach Stalin.

Claremont (2-0) taught TMC (3-2) plenty in the first half.

The Stags used separate 10-0 and 9-0 runs to lead 37-26 at the break headed by Tyler Gaffaney, who scored 14 of his 22 points before halftime.

In the half, TMC turned the ball over seven times and scored only 12 points in the first 15 minutes.

“We have scorers but didn’t move the ball and we need to turn up the intensity on defense,” Stalin said.

Stalin led TMC with 20 points. The junior transfer scored in the low post, on dribble-penetration-drives and was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers.

“I was a guard in grade school but I got too big,”
Stalin said of versatility. “Coach lets me go outside the 3-point line and shoot when I’m open.”

Claremont found themselves open from behind the arc early and often making 11 of their 24 3-point attempts.

None was bigger than Gaffaney’s 3-pointer with 7:50 left in the second half that put the Stags up 54-43.

“We executed on offense and got open 3-pointers,” said Claremont head coach Ken Scalmanini.

The Mustangs cut Claremont’s lead to 10 three times in the final six minutes but never got closer.

“I didn’t want to play another six minutes,” Scalmanini said.

TMC’s Derrick Fain scored nine points in his return to the starting lineup after missing a game with an injury

Dominique Lanier and Jason Logan added nine points each for the Mustangs, who play their next four games on the road after playing their first five games at home.

 

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