The Westcliff University men’s basketball team let an opportunity to collect its first win of the year slip through its grasp Monday at Orange Coast College, where the Warriors fell to Cal Maritime, 57-49.
Knotted at 36-all heading into the break, the contest was back-and-forth early on with both sides trading blows.
The final 20 minutes told a different story, however, as the Warriors managed to put up just 13 points and let Cal Maritime walk away with it.
“We’re a little upset, we let one get away,” Warriors forward Jacob Knox said. “We had a lot of defensive collapses. We have to communicate more and play more as a team defensively.”
Knox led the Warriors with 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting. No other Warrior took more than seven shots, and outside of Knox, Westcliff is struggling to find its identity on offense.
Ronnie Davis scored eight in just 10 minutes on the floor, and could be a scoring threat moving forward.
Perhaps most consequential to Monday’s outcome, Nick Pete, Westcliff’s physical post presence, took just two shots, finishing with four points.
Pete’s production must increase if the Warriors are going to be successful, and it's incumbent on the guards to find Pete in the post and feed him the rock.
“We all have to be 100% bought-in to the program,” Knox said. “We have to buy in to the coaching and trust the coaching. We have to trust the game plan, and realize everything they’re giving us is going to help us to get that victory.”
The Warriors won the turnover battle, points in the paint, second-chance points, fast break points and were just minus-four in bench scoring, yet, Cal Maritime still pulled it out down the stretch.
Westcliff will have another opportunity to pick up its first win today when it faces Life Pacific in San Dimas.
Tip is set for 7 p.m.
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