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TMC men's basketball: The rise continues

The Master’s adds to its hot start with blowout win

Posted: December 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 10, 2011 1:05 a.m.

The Master’s College’s forward Jon Hogan (23) rises for a layup as Central Bible College guard Charles Staten defends on Friday Night at Bross Gym. The Mustangs won 96-46 and are now 8-1.

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In its first game since defeating No. 15 Biola on Tuesday The Master’s College men’s basketball team had reason to worry about having a let down when it hosted Central Bible College of Springfield, Mo., on Friday at Bross Gym.

The Mustangs had focused much of their attention on their next game, against Cal Poly Pomona, the No. 14 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

But the Mustangs used a deep bench and combined strong post play with perimeter shooting to jump on the Spartans early in a 96-46 blow-out victory.

“You can get caught in games like this,” said Master’s head coach Chuck Martin. “It wasn’t good scheduling on my part.”
Martin’s fears were alleviated quickly, though, as Master’s never trailed in the contest, with junior Leif Karlberg leading the team with 21 points.

The Mustangs (8-1, 1-0) opened up a 20-point lead just before the half when Anthony Cammon hit a layup to make it 41-21 at the break.

“I wasn’t really happy at halftime,” Martin said. “I didn’t think our defensive pressure was there.”

But it was in the second half that the Mustangs really started to put things together.

Master’s went on a 31-10 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to open up a 72-33 lead, and outscored the Spartans 55-25 over the second half.

The Mustangs benefited in the game from a deep bench – as 13 players for the Mustangs saw action in the victory.

To a chorus cheers from the Mustangs’ student section, substitute sophomore Logan Quinn entered at the midway point and hit four three-pointers to finish the game with 15 points Chris Patureau added 10 points and Devin Dyer scored eight.

The Spartans, on the other hand, had no answer for the Mustangs bench -- as Central Valley had only seven player play significant minutes in the contest.

Terence Culler led the Spartans with 13 points.

Now, the Mustangs will prepare to face Cal Poly Pomona  tonight at 7:30 p.m at Bross Gym in their toughest matchup of the season.

“We’ll have to play better (tonight),” Martin said. “We’re playing a very good, athletic team. But we’re in their class and it’ll be a great game. Our guys are looking forward to the challenge.”

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