[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
64°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 16
1902 - Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), Gen. E.F. Beale's Syrian camel driver, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz. [story]


Lena Rivera

Lena Rivera

WOMEN

Lena Rivera (Allen, TX), Kimberly Iverson (San Marcos, CA), and Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) were honored Tuesday night in Bross Gymnasium as part of the annual Senior Night ceremonies hosted by The Master’s College Athletics Department.

Before the post-game ceremony, the senior trio demonstrated their value as they led the No. 11 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs to a 76-65 triumph over the No. 7 nationally ranked Vanguard Lions (20-3, 10-3), lifting their overall season record to 24-4, and 9-4 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

“This was a special group of seniors,” commented Lady Mustang head coach Dan Waldeck. “They’re irreplaceable. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to coach them, and I’m really going to miss them a lot. They’ve provided great leadership, and have developed an outstanding culture here.”

However, Rivera, Iverson, and Brown will have another opportunity to play in the friendly confines of Bross Gymnasium, as the Lady Mustangs are likely to host either the quarterfinal or semifinal round of the 2013 GSAC Tournament.  The squad will learn of their post-season schedule after their Saturday night showdown against Hope International.

The evening began with the Lady Mustangs on the ropes, as the Lions got out front with an early 8-0 run.  However, Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA), Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA), Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA), and Lena Rivera manufactured an outstanding 17-2 run, giving the Lady Mustangs a seven point lead at 17-10 with 13:43 left to play in the half.   After struggling to maintain a double digit lead in the final minutes of the first stanza, a 16-10 scoring volley gave TMC the upper hand with a 49-36 advantage at the half.

At the break, the Lady Mustangs went 19-36 from the field (52%), 9-15 on three pointers (60%), and maintained 100% accuracy behind the line (2-2).

Whitney Best, who went 4-6 behind the arc by the end of the night, started the second half by a hitting a three-pointer extending the Lady Mustang’s lead to 52-36. Shortly after, Zoe Scott solidified her long-range marksmanship by draining a three-pointer giving TMC a game-high 21 point lead at 57-36. Scott finished the night by going 5-9 on three pointers.  The Lady Mustangs’ controlled the entirety of the second half, and never once allowed their lead to dip below six points.

As it was Senior Night in Bross Gym, Lena Rivera gave a fitting performance as she went 7-9 from the field, 4-4 from behind the line, chipped in a team-high five assists, and led the Lady Mustangs with 19 points.  The Lady Mustangs’ underclassmen displayed a strong showing as sophomore Whitney Best posted 16 points, followed by Zoe Scott chipping in 16 more.

Further commenting on the Lady Mustangs’ performance, Coach Waldeck said “The last couple of weeks we’ve been working on playing as a more poised as a team, and moving the ball a little more.  We were able to do that, and got some great shots over the course of the evening.  We were able to be disruptive, and as a result, we got a victory against a great team. “

The Lady Mustangs now look to close out their regular season schedule against Hope International (12-16, 4-9 GSAC) in a 5:30 PM road game in Fullerton.  The last time the two conference teams squared off, TMC topped the Royals 94-47.

“Hope plays extremely well on their home court,” said Waldeck. “I’m expecting a dogfight of a game. They’re a different team since the last time we played them.”

 

Devin Dyer

Devin Dyer

MEN

Senior Devin Dyer, playing in his final game in Bross Gym, scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half to help The Master’s College gallop past Vanguard 75-67 before an appreciative Senior Night crowd Tuesday evening.

The victory gave the Mustangs consecutive wins for the first time since late December and improved the team to 16-12 overall and 5-8 in the GSAC.  With one game left in the regular season and the GSAC Tournament on the horizon next week, the club finds itself sharing fifth place with Vanguard and Biola in the chase for the best seeding possible.

Much of the reason for the Mustangs being in that spot belongs to Dyer (Temecula, CA) who sparked a second-half rally and then willed his team to keep the Lions away down the stretch.

Down 39-28 at halftime, the Mustangs turned to Dyer for offense and the club’s leading scorer didn’t fail as he fueled a 16-2 run over the first six minutes of the closing stanza.  He started with a three-pointer and then added a pair of jumpers along the way while a Travis Divita (Santa Clarita, CA) basket with 15:38 left to play put the Mustangs ahead (42-41) for the first time in the game.

Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) capped the skein with a layup for a three-point lead but that was erased quickly by an 11-0 burst by the Lions, who held the Mustangs scoreless for nearly five minutes in building a 52-44 advantage with under 10 minutes left to play.

With the game starting to get away, the Mustangs looked to Dyer once again and along with help from several teammates, the squad turned the tide in decisive fashion.  An Austin Loeb (Cypress, CA) jumper at the 9:16 mark triggered a 13-2 burst in a 3:35 window that Paul Brown (Kingston, Jamaica) capped off with a tie-breaking, three-point play with 5:41 remaining.  In between, Dyer buried a couple of jumpers, including one that knotted the game at 54.

Although the Mustangs would never trail again, there wasn’t a sense of finality until the last minute of play.  The Lions kept them in that state of uncertainty, crawling to within a point on a couple of occasions and being one basket away from taking the lead on others.

Looking for some breathing room, the Mustangs finally got it when Dyer stole the ball and dunked on the other end, putting the Mustangs ahead 65-60.  The Lions shaved a point off that lead on their next possession, but Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX), who scored all 12 of his points in the second half, answered with a jumper and when Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) threw down an alley-oop from Leif Karlberg (Anchorage, AK) with 50 seconds left to play, the Mustangs had their largest lead of the evening to that point, 69-62.

Fain and Logan made sure the victory was secure, combining for the club’s final six points from the charity stripe.

There was nothing secure about a lead in the first half because the Mustangs never enjoyed one during the game’s first 20 minutes.  The Lions leapt to a 7-0 lead and enjoyed a 16-5 advantage when Chris Gorman sank a trifecta with 15:46 left in the half.

On the verge of being blown out, the Mustangs got a pair of free throws from Logan to spark a 7-0 skein, closed out by a Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) dunk that pulled the club within 16-12 with 12:14 showing on the clock.

That only seemed to enrage the Lions who scored 10 of the game’s next 11 points to forge a 15-point (28-13) advantage with just under 10 minutes left in the half.

On the cusp of being left far behind once again, the Mustangs galloped back, using a Karlberg three-pointer to trigger a 9-2 burst that sliced the deficit into single figures, 30-22.  Logan added a tip-in, Dyer connected on a pair of free throws, and Loeb capped off the run with a jumper.

It took only two possessions for the Lions to move the lead back into double-digit territory and when Kelly Taylor sank a trifecta with 2:49 remaining, the Lion lead had grown to 39-26.  Loeb, who tallied a team-high seven points in the opening stanza, hit another jumper a minute later and neither team would score again as the Lions took an eleven-point advantage into the locker room.

That margin was built on 59% (16-27) shooting from the field, including a glittering 6-9 effort from behind the arc.  On the other hand, the Mustangs had nothing to apologize for, hitting at a 50% (10-20) clip.

That all changed in the second half as the Mustang defense stifled the Lion attack to the tune of 28% accuracy while the Mustangs converted just under 55% (18-33) of their shots.

Dyer’s team-best total was built on 8-12 shooting while Logan and Fain tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Mustangs close out the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Fullerton to take on a Hope International squad that beat them 73-66 back in early January.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    WATCH NOW
    Loading...
    LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
    Friday, Dec 15, 2017
    College of the Canyons quarterback Andrew Brito, wide receiver Desean Holmes and linebacker KJ Latu have been named to the 2017 Region III All-California Community College Football Team.
    Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
    With an offense that challenged the program’s single-season goals record, The Master’s University women’s soccer team was almost almost never out of any game it played: The Mustangs were always within striking range.
    Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
    When Ed Jackiewicz met Tera Trujillo in spring 2015, she was studying at a desk she’d carried to the corner of the California State University, Northridge soccer field, in a “time out” of sorts, unable to practice because she’d just earned a D in an economics class.
    Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
    NORTHRIDGE, Calif.---CSUN Men's Basketball returns to the road for the final time in the non-conference season this weekend.
    Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
    NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The CSUN men's volleyball team was picked to finish third in the inaugural Big West Men's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday.

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1902 - Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), Gen. E.F. Beale's Syrian camel driver, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz. [story]
    The National Weather Service has called a Fire Weather Watch for this weekend for Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains and valleys including the Santa Clarita Valley due to gusty northeast wind and low relative humidity.
    Weekend Fire Weather Watch Called for SCV
    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested a 21-year-old man who had an outstanding warrant and was allegedly in possession of cocaine in Canyon Country early Thursday.
    Bicyclist Arrested for Warrant, Cocaine in Canyon Country
    Valencia-based Princess Cruises, voted the #1 international cruise line in Japan, announced its 2019 program featuring Japanese-built Diamond Princess returning for her sixth season, sailing roundtrip from Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe.
    Princess Cruises Unveils 2019 Japan Cruise Program
    Valencia-based Princess Cruises released its 2019 Canada and New England cruise schedule, featuring Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess on the line’s largest fall deployment and the opportunity to visit Greenland roundtrip from New York
    Princess Cruises Sets Fall 2019 Cruises to Canada, New England
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department looks back at five years of work by its Domestic Highway Enforcement Team, which has disrupted the operations of the drug cartels by confiscating millions of dollars in illegal drugs and drug money.
    Elite LASD Drug Enforcement Team Disrupts Cartel Operations
    College of the Canyons quarterback Andrew Brito, wide receiver Desean Holmes and linebacker KJ Latu have been named to the 2017 Region III All-California Community College Football Team.
    Brito, Holmes, Latu Represent Cougars on All-State Team
    Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's 2018 awards ceremony and installation of new officers at Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Friday night, January 26.
    Jan. 26: SCV Chamber of Commerce 2018 Awards, Installation Gala
    Sponsorships are now open for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation's 2018 Economic Outlook Conference, set for Thursday, March 8, 2018 at a location to be announced shortly.
    SCV 2018 Economic Outlook Conference Tickets, Sponsorships Open
    SetPoint Medical, a Valencia-based biomedical company developing therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases, has received approval from the FDA to initiate a pilot trial in the U.S. for patients with drug-refractory rheumatoid arthritis.
    FDA OK’s SetPoint Bioelectronic Therapy Study for Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., representing the United States - and states and regions leading on climate across the globe - joined world leaders at the One Planet Summit Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement.
    Brown in Paris: ‘We Can’t Wait for White House to Wake Up’
    The regular Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 19 has been canceled, according to a notification from the city of Santa Clarita today.
    City Cancels Dec. 19 Planning Commission Meeting
    The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, December 19, starting at 9:30 a.m.
    Dec. 19: L.A. County Board of Supervisors Meeting
    L.A. County's Bringing Our Loved Ones Home Task Force officials unveiled their final recommendations, endorsing a plan to use a voluntary system of trackable bracelets to find people prone to wandering, like those suffering from Alzheimer’s or autism.
    County Task Force Calls for Tracking Bracelets to Locate Lost Individuals
    The Community Development Commission of the county of Los Angeles looks back on 35 years of advancing its core program areas: affordable housing and housing, community and economic development.
    County Community Development Commission Marks 35th Anniversary
    Metro is seeking two new members to join the Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee.
    Metro Seeks 2 New Measure M Oversight Committee Members
    The California Air Resources Board approved a $663 million low-carbon transportation plan Thursday to increase the use of clean cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses and freight equipment.
    Air Resources Board OK’s $663 Million for Clean Vehicles
    The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its public safety and crime information report for Saugus (Zone 4) for December 4-10, 2017.
    Crime Blotter: Shoplifting, Petty Theft in Saugus
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to suspend the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years.
    California AG, 10 Others Oppose Feds’ Suspension of Clean Water Rule
    Conservation groups on Friday lobbied a federal judge for permission to join a fight between the federal government and a ranching association over a trio of California amphibian species.
    Conservationists Lobby to Join Fray Over Frog Habitat
    1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]
    With an offense that challenged the program’s single-season goals record, The Master’s University women’s soccer team was almost almost never out of any game it played: The Mustangs were always within striking range.
    Lady Mustangs Within Range of Directors’ Cup Top Spots
    When Ed Jackiewicz met Tera Trujillo in spring 2015, she was studying at a desk she’d carried to the corner of the California State University, Northridge soccer field, in a “time out” of sorts, unable to practice because she’d just earned a D in an economics class.
    CSUN’s “Under Armour Faculty” Promotes Academic Success in Student-Athletes
    When Rafael Munoz recalls his time at the Layer 8 Computer Security Club at California State University, Northridge, he feels proud and thankful.
    CSUN’s Tech Education Makes Top 10 List
    The city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events division is currently seeking proposals for solo exhibits for 2018 in the gallery space at The MAIN, the City’s newest arts venue in Old Town Newhall.
    City Seeking Artists for 2018 Solo Exhibits
    NORTHRIDGE, Calif.---CSUN Men's Basketball returns to the road for the final time in the non-conference season this weekend.
    CSUN to Face-Off Against Formal Rival Eastern Washington
    Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Friday:
    Dec. 15: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
    This Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15-16), The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance brings their annual Winter Dance Concert to the REDCAT stage.
    Dec. 15, 16: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Concert at REDCAT
    The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board has approved naming Dr. Collyn Nielsen as Chief Administrative Officer and Jan Hayes-Rennels as Director of Special Programs and Staff Development.
    Hart Appoints Nielsen, Hayes-Rennels to District Office Positions
    NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The CSUN men's volleyball team was picked to finish third in the inaugural Big West Men's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday.
    Big West Pre-Season Coaches Poll Puts Matadors Volleyball at No. 3
    A 44-year-old transient was arrested by SCV Sheriff's Station deputies Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to pick up his 8-year-old niece from a school in Santa Clarita.
    Suspect Arrested in Attempted Kidnapping
    It was a night to honor exceptional mentors at California State University, Northridge, but the five recipients of the 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards just wanted to talk about their students.
    CSUN Pays Tribute to Mentors Who Have Made a Difference
    The words leapt right off the page and hung in the air, heavy, encircling the audience. Their creator stood, offering his gifts of verse — shared in a powerful baritone voice.
    Literary Star Power Comes to CSUN
    While critical fire conditions continue through Friday, the final numbers for the Rye Fire have been released.
    Officials Release Final Numbers on Rye Fire
    The William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board held it’s annual reorganizational meeting Wednesday night, naming Steve Sturgeon as Board President.
    Steve Sturgeon Named 2018 Hart Board President
    Castaic Elementary School is collecting gently used children's clothing and toys for the victims of the Creek Fire in Sylmar.
    Local School Collecting Clothes, Toys for Creek Fire Victims