SANTEE, CA – The new-look San Diego Christian College men's basketball team is going to turn a few heads this season. This past Thursday night, the Hawks came out firing on all cylinders against visiting No. 25 University of Antelope Valley and although they would lose a heartbreaker in overtime, they proved they can play with the best.
The opening half of the contest would be a back-and-forth affair with the teams exchanging the lead ten times in the first 14 minutes. SDCC newcomer, Greg Chew Jr. would lead the dynamic Hawks attack off the bench. With 6 minutes left before the break, senior, Kyle Ruiz, drained a 3-pointer to grab the lead back and the Hawks would take a 38-33 lead into the locker room.
The second half began as the first did with the teams swapping the lead twelve times in the first 13 minutes. With 7 minutes to go, JaMario Harris and Chew took control and began to extend the SDCC lead. After Cameron Dashiell nailed two free throws to put the Hawks up by 6 points, with :47 seconds left, an upset seemed on the horizon. With the lead, the Hawks defense attempted to force the Pioneers to shoot from the outside, unfortunately for SDCC, Antelope Valley's 3-pointers fell in. Chew answered with a bucket with 11-seconds remaining, retaking the lead for the Hawks, but a last second UAV layup forced overtime.
The Hawks began the extra session with back-to-back buckets by Harris and Chew, but the Pioneers were able to answer each SDC score and eventually took the lead and never relinquished it, breaking San Diego Christian hearts, 91-96.
Greg Chew Jr.: Double-double - 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks
JaMario Harris: 14 points, 3 rebounds
Riley Blea: 11 points, 7-7 from the free-throw line
Cameron Dashiell: 10 points
Teyden Gause: 9 points
Kavonte Kinney: 9 points
San Diego Christian will have the Thanksgiving holiday off, returning to action on Wed., Dec. 2. The Hawks will once again play in San Marcos, but will be the visiting team against the Firebirds of University of Saint Katherine. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m.