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

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
94°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
July 21
1952 - 7.5-magnitude Kern County earthquake devastates Tehachapi; damage spread from San Diego to Las Vegas [story]


Chris Patureau

Chris Patureau

The Master’s College has chosen the right time of the year to start peaking.  Twelve days away from the start of the GSAC Tournament, the Mustangs are playing their best basketball of the season.

More evidence of that came Saturday evening when the club turned in its best defensive performance of the campaign in a 61-45 throttling of San Diego Christian.  The victory was the squad’s fourth in a row and pulled it into a four-way tie in the GSAC where they own a 6-6 record (18-9 overall), one game behind second-place Arizona Christian.

Heading into the final two games of the regular season, the Mustangs have a real shot at finishing fourth or higher, a spot that would guarantee them a first-round, home game in the GSAC Tournament that commences on March 6.

If they keep playing defense the way they did against the Hawks, they should have no problem playing on Bross Court the first week of March.  After the Hawks shot a respectable 46% in the first half, the Mustangs applied the clamps over the final 20 minutes, limiting the visitors to 20% (5-25) accuracy.  The Hawks scored just 15 points in the second half and wound up shooting just under 33% (16-49) for the game.  Both marks were defensive bests for the Mustangs in 2013-14.

Coach Chuck Martin marveled at his squad’s defense, saying, “I thought the kids put together one of the best defensive performances of the season…to hold them to 20% in the second half and take the three-ball (6-21) away from them most of the night was really good.”

On the other hand, Martin felt fortunate because his team struggled in the second half, too, connecting on just 29% (7-24) of its shots.  Four of those field goals (4-8) came from behind the arc and that, along with the defense, helped the Mustangs expand an eight-point halftime lead.

Down 38-30 at the break, the Hawks chopped the deficit to five on a Derek Dickerson three-pointer with 17:59 left to play.  The Mustangs charged right back, though, reeling off a 9-1 run in a 2:39 window to go up 47-34 while holding the Hawks scoreless for over four minutes.  Bernard Ireland (Victorville, CA) ignited the burst with a three-pointer, Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) followed with a triple of his own, and Ireland capped it off with a trio of free throws after being fouled behind the arc.

But, the Hawks weren’t about to go away just yet.  They answered with five straight points, cutting the deficit to 47-39 at the 11:11 mark.

Just as quickly, though, the momentum shifted back to the Mustangs who tore off six consecutive points, highlighted by a Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) tomahawk dunk and a Zach Stalin (Bellingham, WA) trifecta.

The Hawks countered with four straight points to stay within striking distance at 53-43 with just nine minutes remaining.  This, though, was where the Mustangs made their final defensive stand and it proved to be decisive, holding the Hawks to 1-11 from the field and just two points the rest of the way.

The Mustangs weren’t exactly lighting it up but their defense gave them several opportunities over the final seven minutes and they took advantage of just enough of them to close out the win.  Fueled by a Dominique Lanier (Lakewood, CA) free throw, the Mustangs ran off six points in a row to take a 59-43 lead with just under five minutes left to play.  It was their largest lead of the game and one that would be matched by the final score.

Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) finished off the run with a jumper and when he scored on a layup with 4:14 left to play, the game’s final points were posted.  Incredibly, neither team scored the rest of the way.

A Patureau tip-in at the first-half buzzer gave the Mustangs their eight-point halftime cushion, completing a sparkling 20 minutes of shooting that contrasted with what would take place in the second half.

That buzzer-beater bookended a strong first half for the junior who opened the game’s scoring with a jumper 10 seconds into play and wound up with nine points in the opening stanza.

The Hawks took their only lead of the game at 4-3 on a Michael Lambert tip-in before a Korey Anderson (Clovis, CA) layup and a Lanier trey gave the Mustangs the lead for good.

No more than five points separated the clubs during the first eight minutes until a Reid Shackelford (Murrieta, CA) triple, the second of two in a row, created some space and sent the Mustangs on a long run.  It ignited a 12-0 burst over the next 4:30 that expanded the advantage to 26-11.  A driving layup by Lanier finished things off.

It didn’t finish off the Hawks just yet, though.  They scored seven of the game’s next nine points, cutting the lead to 28-18 on a Lambert jumper with 5:11 left in the half.  After Stalin scored on a layup with 2:58 left to make it 32-20, the Hawks used a pair of three-pointers to spark a 10-4 skein that pulled them within 36-30 prior to Patureau’s half-ending putback.

The Mustangs shot 59% from the field in the first half.

Patureau’s team-high 13 points were earned on 6-7 shooting from the field and he also pulled down six rebounds.  Ireland tallied nine points while Lanier, who had team-highs with five assists and four steals, Shackelford, and Logan chipped in with eight apiece.  Anderson scored just four points but he was all over the boards, pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds as the Mustangs held a 38-29 advantage in that category.

Next up for the Mustangs is a return match with front-running and ninth-ranked Vanguard on Tuesday evening in Costa Mesa.  The Lions, who beat the Mustangs 77-56 on February 4, hold a two-game lead in the GSAC.

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.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


WATCH NOW
LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Friday, Jul 20, 2018
College of the Canyons men's basketball player Robert Moss will continue his playing career at University of Saint Katherine after committing to join the Firebirds program.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018
The Lancaster JetHawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but two late home runs from Stockton's Sandber Pimentel led the Ports to victory in a 5-4 final on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
STOCKTON – Brian Serven put together one of his best offensive performances of the season to lead the JetHakwks to a 7-2 to win over the Stockton Ports on Wednesday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Rylan Bannon, Yusniel Díaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
Monday, Jul 16, 2018
Since April, TMU grad Zach Klindworth has worked and trained with a soccer team in Iceland, 4,000 miles from Santa Clarita, the only city he'd ever known.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1952 - 7.5-magnitude Kern County earthquake devastates Tehachapi; damage spread from San Diego to Las Vegas [story]
The L.A. County Superior Court on July 17 sided with Los Angeles County and dismissed a portion of Chiquita Canyon LLC's complaint, which challenged 13 conditions of the county's conditional use permit governing how the landfill operates, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Friday.
Court: Chiquita Landfill Must Comply with CUP, Pay County $12 Mil.
Four men allegedly stole a van and crashed it at Cinema Drive and Valencia Boulevard late Friday afternoon, breaking gas and water lines and snarling rush-hour traffic in the center of the city.
Suspected Van Thieves Crash, Rupture Gas, Water Lines in Valencia
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has announced $4,518,000 in two-year grants to 216 nonprofit arts organizations through its Organizational Grant Program, and the Santa Clarita Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival are among the grantees.
Santa Clarita Philharmonic, Shakespeare Festival Win County Arts Grants
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency's board of directors voted in its Tuesday meeting to revise its per-diem payment policy for board members attending industry-related meetings and conferences.
SCV Water Board Trims Own Meeting Attendance Pay
College of the Canyons men's basketball player Robert Moss will continue his playing career at University of Saint Katherine after committing to join the Firebirds program.
COC Hoopster Robert Moss Commits to University of Saint Katherine
When wives earn more than their husbands, a puzzling thing can happen: Husbands say they earn more than they are and wives underreport their income, according to new Census Bureau research.
Census Research: Spouses Report Earnings Differently When Wives Earn More
Responding to a booming economy and a generous state budget, administrators on Thursday approved the first tuition decrease for the University of California system in nearly 20 years.
University of California Cuts Tuition for First Time in 20 Years
The William S. Hart Union High School District and Spirit Holding, developers of Castaic High School, will host a community kick-off event on Friday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. celebrating the one-year countdown to the grand opening of the new school, currently under construction.
Aug. 3: ‘Countdown to Castaic High’ Public Celebration
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, July 24, starting at 9:30 a.m.
July 24: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert for Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, as high temperatures have been forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley.
SCV Heat Alert Called for Monday, Tuesday
The Lancaster JetHawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but two late home runs from Stockton's Sandber Pimentel led the Ports to victory in a 5-4 final on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Lancaster Can’t Stop Pimentel, Ports
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Department of Justice have made public the government's plan for the court-ordered reunification of children ages 5 years and older who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities.
Feds Detail Plan to Reunite Immigrant Children with Parents
2001 - Then-Assemblyman George Runner introduces legislation to memorialize the historic Ridge Route. Enacted Oct. 4. [story]
During a press conference on Thursday at the Gerdau steel mill in Rancho Cucamonga, Chief Eric Parra announced the destruction of 3,566 weapons confiscated within in Los Angeles County. This event comes typically in July, in compliance with California Penal Code 18005(c), which calls for weapons unable to be sold to the public or returned to their owners, to be destroyed.
More than 3,500 Weapons Destroyed at Annual Destruction Event
The Summer Art Festival, at the Oaks Club of Valencia, invites you to a fun, free artists’ reception on Saturday, Aug. 11, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 11: Summer Art Festival at Oaks Club
When you think "Advanced Manufacturing," Santa Clarita Valley probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
SCV Paves the Way for Advanced Manufacturing
(CN) – Delivering a blow to a Silicon Valley billionaire, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday erased a November ballot measure proposing to divide the Golden State in three.
State Supreme Court Tosses Ballot Measure to Split California in Three
Internationally famous Doña Oxford aka “The Goddess of Soul,” is fronting one of the hottest Blues bands of the 21st century. She has toured all over the world, bringing her amazing keyboard playing and vocals to devoted fans in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States.
July 20: Valencia Jazz & Blues Series to Feature Doña Oxford
No business is immune from the unthinkable. Workplace violence is an increasingly important topic for organizations of all types.
Aug. 21: Active Shooter Awareness Training at VIA Luncheon
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Church is holding their 2nd Annual Summer Night Car Show Friday, Aug. 24 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: St. Kateri 2nd Annual Summer Night Car Show
The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Thursday launched the Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal, dubbed LA-HOP, the new Countywide Web-based portal that channels outreach support to people experiencing homelessness.
County Launches Online Portal to Combat Homelessness
LOS ANGELES - Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced Tuesday the company is now offering $75 rebates for residential customers who purchase eligible Energy Star certified smart thermostats that help residents manage their heating and cooling costs and conserve energy.
SoCal Gas Offering Rebates for Customers with Smart Thermostats
STOCKTON – Brian Serven put together one of his best offensive performances of the season to lead the JetHakwks to a 7-2 to win over the Stockton Ports on Wednesday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Serven Leads JetHawks to Victory in Series Opener Against Stockton
The William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Brad Renison to become the new Director of Transportation. Most recently, Mr. Renison has been serving as the Interim Director of Transportation.
Hart District Names Brad Renison New Transportation Director
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Rylan Bannon, Yusniel Díaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
Dodgers Acquire 4-Time All-Star Manny Machado
The William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Dr. Catherine Nicholas to become the new principal of Sequoia School.
Hart District Appoints Dr. Catherine Nicholas as New Sequoia School Principal
Welcome to paradise at a high-energy, live show coming up in Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, this Saturday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m., in Central Park (27150 Bouquet Canyon Road).
July 21: Concerts in the Park to Feature Green Day Tribute Band
SCV Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit deputies and station detectives have noted an increase in the thefts of catalytic converters from cars in Santa Clarita Valley. The favored target of thieves has been the Toyota Prius (2005-2009).
Deputies Warn of Rise in Catalytic Converter Thefts from Prius Cars
LOS ANGELES – According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality will be unhealthy Thursday for sensitive individuals in San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley.
Air Quality Advisory Issued for SCV
Would you like to be a volunteer at beautiful Red Rock Canyon State Park? Learn about the volunteer program and the park’s natural and cultural history at our two-day volunteer training, Saturdays, Sept. 1st and 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Ricardo Visitor Center (new volunteers must attend both days).
Red Rock Canyon State Park to Hold 2-Day Volunteer Training
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the scheduled closure of the Tejon Safety Roadside Rest Areas on Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) to replace a water main line.
Caltrans Announces Temporary Rest Area Closure on I-5 at Tejon
1924 - Sherman Block, L.A. County's 29th Sheriff (1982-1998), born in Chicago [story]
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies have arrested a Santa Clarita woman who allegedly spray-painted walls on a city park building in Saugus early Tuesday morning, also discovering she was allegedly in possession of forged checks.
Woman Charged with Defacing Park Building, Check Forgery
The Paramount Network has set Aug. 11 as the premiere date of 'I Am Paul Walker,' a new film documentary tracing the life of the late actor, who was killed in a 2013 car crash in Valencia.
Aug. 11: Paul Walker Film Doc to Debut on Paramount Network
Marston's Restaurant in Valencia is helping raise funds for Carousel Ranch, Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organization that provides equestrian therapy for disabled and special needs children and adults.
July 15-Aug. 15: Marston’s Restaurant Fundraising for Carousel Ranch