December 18, 2011

Santa Cruz Defeats Cal Lu

For the second night in a row, the Slugs shot 50% from the field and held their opponents to less than 35% as Santa Cruz defeated Cal Lutheran 60-50 to run their record to 5-6 for the season. In doing so, the Slugs went undefeated to capture the SCIAC Classic for the second time in three years. Cal Lutheran took their only lead just 32 seconds into the game on a tip in by Aaron Van Klaveren. Trent Reeves answered back with a three. The score would see-saw back and forth in the first 10 minutes of the first half, but the Slugs would take the lead for good on an Aaron West jumper off of a Sam Allen assist with 10:31 left in the first half. For the second night in a row, the Slugs controlled the paint in the first half, outscoring the taller Kingsmen 16 to 6. The high-pressure defense of Santa Cruz led to 10 points off of turnovers as they built a 30-15 lead at halftime. After halftime, Cal Lutheran opened up with a 6-0 run before Tyler Hunt dropped in a three from the right corner. The Kingsmen responded with another mini run to cut the lead to 7 four minutes into the second half. High-pressure defense and the long range shooting of Tyler Hunt expanded the lead to a game high of 16 with 4:58 left in the game. Cal Lutheran would make one more run, an 11-1 to cut the lead to six with 49 seconds left in the game. Forced to play foul ball after that, the Kingsmen never got any closer as Sam Allen and Brent Jacobs calmly dropped in their free throws to increase the final margin to 10 points, 60-50. Aaron Van Klaveren led all scorers with 16 points and also pulled down a game high 12 rebounds, but he was the only Cal Lutheran player to shoot over 40%. Meanwhile, for the Slugs, Sam Allen scored 15 off the bench to go along with his customary 4 steals. Tyler Hunt was deadly from downtown, going 4 for 6 from behind the arc to score all of his 12 points and Jamien Jones had another solid game, scoring 6 points and pulling down 9 rebounds to lead the Slugs. Complete stats for the game can be found at www.clusports.com/stats/mens_basketball/2011_2012/ucsc-clu.html Next up for the Slugs is a December 29 game at Whittier College in the opening round of the Purple and Gold Poet Classic. Tip off is scheduled for 8pm. The Poets are currently 4-2 for the season with games scheduled on December 19 and 21. A fast paced team, the Poets are currently averaging almost 90 points a game. 6'4 Senior Drew Menez is averaging 18.7 points and pulls down almost 5 rebounds. 6'6 Senior Nathaniel Easterman is shooting 52% from the field and averages 15.3 points a game. Senior guard Greg Preer is averaging 13.3 points a game and junior 6'1 Will Membane leads the team with 4.7 rebounds per contest. The Slugs and the Poets have yet to play a common opponent. Video and stats for the game can be found at www.wcpoets.com/sports/mbkb/2011-12/schedule. On the second night of the tournament, Santa Cruz will take on Cal Maritime Academy. The Keelhaulers are currently 6-8 for the season. Tip off for that game is pending.