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College men’s basketball: On the boards

TMC capitalizes on 17 offensive rebounds

Posted: January 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Master's College's Jason Logan (11) shoots against San Diego Christian College defender Kevin Dawson (10) at TMC on Saturday. The Mustangs defeated San Diego Christian 81-71.

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The Master’s College squeaked by with a victory over San Diego Christian College 81-71 Saturday at Bross Gym.

Although the Mustangs controlled a 58-37 lead with 11:48 to play, San Diego Christian battled back and threatened late, but TMC’s final-second free throws put the game out of reach.

“Tonight, we defended better and were pretty efficient offensively,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. “But it really came down to offensive rebounding.”

Led by Jason Logan’s nine offensive rebounds, the Mustangs finished with 17 offensive boards, which led to 24-second chance points.

“This is the best offensive rebounding team I’ve been a part of in 26 years,” Martin said.

Logan finished with 15 rebounds total, along with 21 points on the night.

“He won the game with his offensive rebounding,” Martin said. “Not only is he a great athlete and great kid, but he can just flat-out go get (the rebound).”

After leading by a score of 34-26 at halftime, TMC built up the big lead by charging out the gates in the second half.

The Mustangs started the half on a 14-5 run, which made the score 48-31.

San Diego stopped the bleeding with a layup by Derrick Thompson, but Logan answered with an offensive rebound and putback on back-to-back possessions to extend the lead to 52-33.

The Mustangs outrebounded San Diego Christian 46-28, and limited the opposition to eight offensive boards and nine-second chance points.

TMC also had an advantage at the free-throw line.

The Mustangs made 19-of-28 free throws, compared to the oppositions 9-of-10.

Derrick Thompson and Derek Dickerson led the Hawk’s in scoring, as they finished with 10 points apiece.

Brandon Kwaminque added nine off the bench for San Diego Christian.

Derrick Fain scored a game-high 23 points as he went 7-of-11, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc.

“He’s one of those players that continues to get better,” Martin said. “We’ve been trying to develop consistency. He’s a classic scorer. He’s got an outside game, a middle game, and a game at the rim. He’s got that scorer’s mentality.”

Devin Dyer added 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while Leif Karlberg scored eight points and hit 2-of-5 from 3-point range.

“All wins are good wins. Especially in this league, every team has good players, which makes the league great,” Martin said. “We have to play well to win.”

TMC will be in action again on Tuesday in Costa Mesa against Vanguard.

“Winning doesn’t always have to be pretty,” Martin said. “We’re capable of being a really solid defensive team, which then helps us in transition.



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