You couldn't ask for more drama from The Master's College men's basketball team.
The Mustangs solidified their trip to the conference tournament Monday night, defeating the Golden State Athletic Conference's No. 1 ranked-Fresno Pacific 75-70 at Bross Gym.
The College of the Canyons' women's basketball team edged out Mt. San Jacinto Friday night at the Cougar Cage 81-77 in the Southern California South Region Semifinals.
Close throughout, the lead was never more than seven points as the Cougars (24-8) were able to keep the tempo up and knock their free throws down late in the game.
The thought of starting something new can be daunting.
For University of Oregon sophomore basketball player Tatianna Thomas, all it took was a first step.
Excitement. Reality. Confusion. Frustration.
Those were the four stages experienced by Canyon High graduate Matt Warr in one year.
Kris Rincon faced the realization that so many big-time high school athletes face once they reach college.
There are other big-time athletes and even more bigger-time athletes.
College of the Canyons women's basketball parlayed its defense into offense and won 109-42 Saturday at home against Los Angeles Valley College.
Los Angeles Valley College held off College of the Canyons in a back and forth battle 87-76 on the Cougars home court Saturday.
Athletics are great for teaching life lessons.
But perhaps the best lessons come when athletics are taken away.
On a night when the chant of "Defense!" echoed through Bross gym during every San Diego Christian possession, it was fitting that a pair of steals helped key a 60-58 for The Master's College mens basketball team.
But aggressiveness on offense helped, too. Thomas Millar hit the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left when the Mustangs pushed the ball up the court after a made 3-pointer.
The Master's College womens basketball team emphatically got back in the win column on Saturday night at Bross Gym, beating San Diego Christian College 76-41 and breaking its five-game losing streak.
The Mustangs (11-11, 6-7) did not allow the Hawks (4-17, 1-12) a basket for nearly 10 minutes, scoring 25 unanswered points at the end of the first half and into the second half.
Down the stretch they come.
College of the Canyons women's basketball remained perfect in Western State Conference play Wednesday night with a 91-30 win over Bakersfield College at home.
The Bakersfield College men's basketball team tries to lure opponents into its up-and-down game.
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for anyone.
Cody Anderson was no different.
The Master's College men's basketball team staged a late charge and had its chances to grab a victory after trailing most of the game Friday night, but the Mustangs came up short against Vanguard at home.
The Lions led by as many as 15 points in the second half, and hung on for a 60-59 win.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. And like every other Florida State victory this season, it was a blowout.
The Master's College men's basketball team kept its hot start to the 2013 season rolling, downing visiting Bethesda University of Anaheim 71-60 on Saturday night at Bross Gym.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If the UCLA Bruins were looking for a team on which to take out their aggression after losing their first game of the season last week, they found it.
The Master's College women's basketball head coach Dan Waldeck isn't shy about his team's lofty goals this season.
It's put up or shut up for The Master's College Mustangs men's basketball team this season.