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TMC regroups for rout

Mustangs come out slow, finish half with 30-12 run

Posted: January 17, 2009 11:12 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Mustang Jeremy Haggerty (21) drives past Hope International's Tom Granado (55) during Saturday night's game played at Bross Gym.

 
After seeing the women's team rout Hope International Saturday, The Master's College men's decided to do the same.

The Mustangs shook off a slow start to close the first half on a 30-12 run and kept up the intensity in the second half to earn an 89-71 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Royals.

The Master's College fell behind by 11 midway through the first half due to poor shooting, which didn't allow it to set up its defense at the other end.

"We haven't been shooting very well lately," said The Master's College head coach Chuck Martin. "Our offensive numbers have been good all year long. We've just had two bad shooting games. You've just got to fight through it."

That's precisely what the Mustangs (12-5, 4-3) did, and Jeremy Haggerty scored 14 of his game-high 25 points to help them close the first half strongly.

"We shot quick and missed," Martin said. "Once we got a little more patient offensively, I thought good things happened and we kind of chipped into that lead."

When The Master's College began to rally, Hope International (3-11, 0-7) began to get frustrated and discombobulated on offense.

The Mustangs, meanwhile, got good position in the low block and either took it to the hoop or fed their shooters. The Royals had a difficult time breaking The Master's College's press defense as well.

"That's just how we want to play," Martin said. "We're going to try to play fast, try to score a lot of points and try to give a lot of effort defensively and execute."

Matt Sowa's work in the post helped neutralize Hope International's big front line. Sowa hit 60 percent of his shots and did a good job getting to the line in the second half.

The Mustangs also locked down defensively on Royals point guard Cameron Ransome, whose quickness gave them fits early on.

"Even though they're at the bottom of the league, they've got some players, too," Martin said of Hope International. "If you're not ready to play in our league, teams will shoot it in on you, and I thought early they shot in a little bit."

The effort of The Master's College prevented the game from turning into a blowout the other way, and that's what Martin hoped to see.

"I thought we played really hard in the first half, pretty hard in the second half," he said. "I thought our execution wasn't great, but we played pretty well tonight and the effort was much better."

Ryan Zamroz added 17 points for The Master's College, and Sowa wound up with 16.

Tom Granado led Hope International with 22 points, and Marcellus Cullors added 14.

"At least now we can build on that a little bit," Martin said. "If our execution can match our effort, then we're going to be OK."


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