East County Sports

Hawks teams stumble at Westmont

2019 SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN HAWKS BASKETBALL

East County Sports staff report

SANTA BARBARA (1-21-2019) – In a battle between two of the top scorers in the Golden State Athletic Conference, Westmont College senior Olisa Nwachi registered 29 points to out-duel San Diego Christian College guard Derek Novsek, leading the Warriors to a 91-82 triumph Saturday (Jan.20) over the visiting Hawks.

Nwachi also finished with 11 rebounds to complete a double-double. Meanwhile, Novsek registered a nice night with 25 points (13-for-15 at the foul line, but SDCC teammate Tristan Angelo did even better, pouring home a career-best 36 points.

Nwachi registered many of his points courtesy of Westmont point guard Jordan Spaschak, who recorded 9 assists along with his 15 points.

“It was Olisa’s night,” said Warriors head coach Jon Moore. “He was our captain tonight and he really came to play. I loved his energy. He played 37 minutes. We couldn’t take him off the floor – he’s just so valuable.”

Moore added, “I thought Jordan Spaschak was really good – defensively and offensively. He was defending one of their key players. He and Olisa were the two best leaders on the floor.”

San Diego Christian led for the opening three minutes, then Westmont took the lead for keeps by utilizing a 9-0 run to take an 18-11 advantage, pushing the margin to 16 by the half.

Moore also noted how Angelo “had a career night,” shooting 13-for-21 from the field, including six triples. 

The Hawks made a second-half comeback with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to single digits, but the Warriors withstood the challenge, closing the contest by scoring all 10 of their points from the foul line to remain unbeaten at home (7-0).

Westmont is now 10-6 overall (4-4 GSAC). San Diego Christian fell to 6-11 (2-6 GSAC).

WOMEN

No. 14 Westmont 84, San Diego Christian 37:  Freshman post Kaitlin Larson tallied 21 points and 8 rebounds to fuel the 14th-ranked Warriors in Saturday’s (Jan. 20) GSAC triumph at Murchison Gymnasium.

Included for Larson was 6 points in the first quarter, including a 3-point goal, to match the Hawks total and take a 24-6 lead.

Iyree Jarrett added 15 points for Westmont (13-6 overall, 6-3 GSAC), while Krissy Miyahara scored 14 from off the bench.

For San Diego Christian (7-14, 1-7 GSAC), three players — Dayna Hansen, Hannah Myers and Kaitlyn McKinney — were the top scorers with 6 each, while four other Hawks each had 4 points.

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