East County Sports

Firebirds find own Eden against Hawks

USK's Nathan Clark (23) drives the lane, but misses the shot against SDCC.
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.


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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