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College basketball: TMC wins on both ends

The Mustangs impress on offense, defense in victory

Posted: December 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Impressive shooting, athleticism, and defense propelled The Master’s College to a 34-point halftime lead en route to a 99-58 victory over La Sierra Thursday at The Master’s College.

Along with going 8-for-13 behind the arc as a team in the first half, including a stretch of five consecutive made 3-point baskets, the Mustangs widened the gap by holding the Golden Eagles to 21.9 percent on 7-for-32 shooting at the break.

“Our defense has looked much better the past three games,” said The Master’s College head coach Chuck Martin. “Tonight our main focus was keeping them in front of us, contesting shots hard, and finishing the play by rebounding.”

The Mustangs (8-3) outrebounded La Sierra (1-8) 26-15 in the first half, and forced 12 turnovers in the game.

Jason Logan led the team with eight rebounds, and also contributed a few inspiring, highlight-reel plays.

Early in the first half, Logan brought the crowd to its feet when he trailed a missed layup on a fastbreak with a two-handed slam dunk over a La Sierra defender.

Logan added another exciting play later in the first half with an unorthodox reverse layup. Driving baseline, the junior absorbed the contact from a Golden Eagle defender and hoisted the ball over his shoulder, off the backboard, and into the basket.

Logan finished the game with 13 points.

Derrick Fain was The Master’s College’s leading scorer on the night.

The sophomore guard dropped 16 points in the first half and finished with 21 on 8-for-10 shooting, including 5-for-6 from 3-point range.

Leif Karlberg was also lethal from downtown as he added 18 points with 5-for-8 shooting from behind the arc.

As a team, the Mustangs finished with 23 assists on 36 made baskets.

“I think that’s the best statistic of the night,” Martin said. “Combined, we had 16 assists and zero turnovers from our one and two guards.”

Devin Dyer finished with six assists, while Logan Quinn added six assists and 11 points off the bench.

With the victory, the Mustangs improve their winning streak to three games.

The Master’s College will be in action again on Dec. 14, when it hosts UC Santa Cruz.

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