San Diego isn’t exactly generally known as a basketball hotbed, however the area has a sneaky good hoops scene and it also includes some wonderful pickup ball.
Final summer time, a few of those games involved players from the Point Loma Nazarene and UC San Diego males’s groups at Level Loma’s venerable Golden Gymnasium.
On Saturday night time, they met on the identical courtroom with one thing much larger at stake: development to the NCAA Division II Western Regional ultimate.
Behind 27 factors and eleven rebounds from PacWest Participant of the Yr Daulton Hommes and stifling second-half defense, Level Loma (28-4) gained this all-San Diego matchup 73-50 and superior to satisfy No. three-seeded St. Martin’s (Washington) at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
St. Martin’s, which gained at Level Loma on Nov. 10, knocked off No. 2-seeded Seattle Pacific sixty seven-sixty three in Saturday evening’s first regional semifinal.
“It’s been great hosting and the environment was just superior,” Hommes stated.
“We’re wanting ahead to having the identical thing (Monday night time).”
UCSD (26-eight) was led by guard Tyrell Roberts’ 15 points, but shot 37 % for the game (29.6 % in the second half), tried solely 4 free throws and completed with seven assists.
Hommes confronted aggressive man-to-man strain however displayed a decent deal with and spectacular elevation on his leap shot.
He made 10 of 17 photographs and 5 of 8 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
His 3-pointer from instantly in entrance of the united states bench beat the primary-half buzzer and gave the Sea Lions a 36-29 lead at the break.
Point Loma led by as many as 12 within the first half partially as a result of Hommes poured in 14 factors with four three-pointers however Roberts helped hold UCSD close with 13 points on 5 of 7 capturing and a trio of 3s.
Hommes opened the second half with a baseline drive and two-handed dunk, a three-pointer from the wing and a drive and layup.
That sparked a 15-4 Level Loma run and left the Tritons chasing the game the remainder of the best way.
In that eighty one-seventy six November loss to St. Martin’s — a group from the Great Northwest Athletic Convention — Hommes poured in 37 factors but the Sea Lions blew a 19-level lead and have been finished in by a 23-9 second-half St. Martin’s run.
“We felt like we let it get away from us,” Point Loma coach Ryan Looney stated. “Had an enormous lead, let ’em come again they usually stole it from us in the long run. We’ve hit back on that recreation multiple occasions as we worked with our group all year long. We hope we can be prepared.”
Looney, who has guided the Sea Lions to a 64-25 document in three seasons and now, their first two NCAA Event wins, hadn’t even finished that sentence when Hommes interjected. “We will be ready,” Hommes stated.
Carter is a contract writer.