East County Sports

Firebirds find own Eden against Hawks

USK's Nathan Clark (23) drives the lane, but misses the shot against SDCC.
2020 SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN HAWKS MEN’S BASKETBALL
From staff and wire reports
SAN MARCOS —- Since beginning its basketball program, the University of Saint Katherine has rummaged throughout North County to play home games.
On Friday (Nov. 6), the Firebirds were finally able to christen a new, permanent facility to stage their home games, posting a mild upset to their debut and the unlikely victims were from East County.
San Diego Christian College received a career-high 24 points from senior point-guard Teyden Gause, but the Hawks dropped an 81-70 decision in the 2020-21 season opener for both programs.
Hause also posted six assists, but the ballclub committed almost double the turnovers (15-to-8) to allow a series of easy Firebirds baskets to spell the difference. The setback snapped a 4-game winning streak against USK.
Saint Katherine (1-0) played the game at Edenpark (one word), a private sports and athletics facility located in the San Elijo Hills area in southwestern San Marcos (one block from the La Costa area). The private operation features retail outlets, a hotel, and a golf course.
Maurice Woods paced the Firebirds with 19 points, but it was a second-half scoring surge by forward Joe Robinson Jr. that helped propel the Firebirds by scoring 15 points in just under 13 minutes to counter a narrow 2-point lead for SDCC.
The Hawks pulled within one multiple times down the stretch but couldn’t re-gain the lead despite five assists from Woods.
For the Hawks, shooting guard Kavonte Kinney, a transfer from College of the Desert added 15 points.
Oddly, the Hawks will host their home opener, also at Edenpark since Grossmont College is not yet available due to COVID-19. SDCC will entertain the University of Antelope Valley on Thurs., Nov. 12, starting at 7:30 p.m.

2020 SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN HAWKS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Hawks win by 65 points in opener

From staff and wire reports
SCRIPPS RANCH —- San Diego Christian College dominated in their 2020-21 season opener, rolling past visiting Bethesda University of California (Orange County), 80-25, Tuesday (Nov. 3) at the Sports Center at Alliant International University.
Australian guard Isabel Feller, a guard, fueled the Hawks offense with 16 points. Feller also added six assists, while Cynnadie Whatley posted eight helpers for easy buckets, allowing SDCC (1-0) to shoot a resounding 55.4 percent from the floor. Watley, a sophomore, also contributed 15 points as the pair alone out-scored the Flames.
The contests was one-sided from the opening tip, as the Hawks mounted leads of 24-5, 50-10, and 65-14 at the conclusion of the first three quarters.

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