East County Sports

Master’s sweeps Hawks teams

2019 SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN HAWKS BASKETBALL

East County Sports staff report

SANTA CLARITA (2-10-2019) — Revenge may not have been sweet, but The Master’s University will take the win.

After San Diego Christian College upset the No. 2-ranked Mustangs in January, The Master’s, now 7th in the NAIA national poll, salvaged a season-series split after taking a 79-69 decision in Golden State Athletic Conference action on Saturday (Feb. 9).

Once again, the Hawks hung tough with a nationally-ranked opponent, yet couldn’t clear the final hurfle down the stretch. They moved to with 60-56 on a 3-point goal by Derek Novsek with 10:25 remaining, but the Mustangs answered the challenge with a 10-0 run.

The decisive stretch started on a driving layin by Jordan Starr, the son of head coach Kelvin Starr, who previously was head coach of the Hawks. Delewis Johnson and Brock Hardner followed with two baskets each to put the victory away.

For San Diego Christian (7-15 overall, 3-10 GSAC), Nick Crankshaw scored a team-high 17 points, while three other Hawks — Tristan Angelo (16 points), Novek (13) and Hayden Fredrick (10) — also registered double-digit scoring.

The Master’s (21-5, 10-4 GSAC) was led by  Johnson’s 24 points, while Gardner and Hansel Atencia each added 12. Reserve Keegan Scott had 10, while Starr had 4 points and 7 rebounds.

The Hawks will host William Jessup on Thursday before taking on Menlo on Saturday.

Women

No. 5 The Master’s 69, San Diego Christian 37: The visiting Hawks (7-19 overall, 1-13 GSAC) dropped their sixth straight in a one-sided setback to the 5th-ranked Mustangs (22-4, 14-1 GSAC).

The Hawks’ Erica McCarter registered a season-high 17 points and the defense held one of the best players in the country to seven points below her season average. McCarter finished shooting 7-of-15 from the floor and also had three steals.

Hannah Myers scored six points and grabbed a team-best 8 rebounds.

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