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

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
42°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
February 19
1803 - Indian family members removed from Caamulus (Camulos) village, Piru area, are baptized at San Fernando Mission [record]


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
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (2-9-1) fell to the Warriors of Lewis-Clark State College (4-4-1) in game one on Sunday, 13-6, and the two teams would finish game two in a 2-2 draw in non-conference NAIA baseball action at the Hangar.
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
The University of British Columbia lost a pair on Saturday when The Master's University received two excellent performances from its starting pitchers in a double-header sweep of the Thunderbirds.
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
The Master's women's basketball team turned the ball over on its final possession, when it trailed by two, and fell 49-46 to Westmont inside Murchison Gym.
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
The No. 10-ranked Mustangs beat Westmont, 97-81, on Saturday, moving into a tie with Vanguard for first place in conference standings.
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
The College of the Canyons Sports Medicine Program and Valencia High School Medical Science Academy will host the 2019 Sports Medicine Professions Fair at the college's Valencia Campus on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Members of the SCV Water Agency board, who found themselves saying goodbye to two of their fellow directors this past year, have called a special meeting Tuesday to talk about obtaining permission to reduce the size of the board should there be any more attrition.
SCV Water to Discuss Reducing Board Size
The next regular meeting of the Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District is set for 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, at the Administrative Center, 21380 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350.
Feb. 20: Hart District Governing Board Regular Meeting
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday authored by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas to phase out the use of oleoresin capsicum spray (pepper spray) in County juvenile facilities.
SUPES Approve Motion to Phase Out Pepper Spray in Juvenile Facilities
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) announces that the full amount of CalFresh benefits for March will be issued on March 1, 2019 to eligible households.
County to Issue Single-Day CalFresh Benefits
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Health Officer is extending a Cold Weather Alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Affected areas include:
County Officials Issue Cold Weather Alert for SCV
Castaic Union School District is proud to announce the recipients of the Castaic Schools Teacher of the Year Award.
Northlake Hills Teacher Named Castaic Union’s Teacher of the Year
A woman was killed after her car went underneath a semi truck on the northbound side of Interstate 5 Tuesday, according to CHP officials.
Woman Killed in Collision on I-5 Truck Route
Stars continue to line up to present on the Oscars - the year’s most-watched, live entertainment event - on Sunday, February 24, announced show producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss.
Academy Announces New Round of Oscar Presenters
College of the Canyons has created a Continuing Education Survey to identify the unique and specific needs of the Santa Clarita Valley community.
COC Requesting Community Input on Continuing Education
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is hosting its third annual CARE SCV, a Cancer Awareness & Resource Expo, at the College of the Canyons Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center on Saturday, March 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
March 2: CARE SCV Cancer Awareness, Resource Expo at COC
Princess Cruises, the world’s largest international premium cruise line, is growing and today major milestones for three ships under construction at the same time were celebrated, at Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Princess Cruises Highlights Progress of Three of Its Newest Ships
LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (2-9-1) fell to the Warriors of Lewis-Clark State College (4-4-1) in game one on Sunday, 13-6, and the two teams would finish game two in a 2-2 draw in non-conference NAIA baseball action at the Hangar.
Pioneers Face Off Against Lewis-Clark State College
Payless ShoeSource joins the line of retail chains soon to close down in the United States.
Payless Closing All 2,100 Stores
Senator Scott Wilk, (R-Santa Clarita), announced Tuesday that he has introduced Senate Bill 333 (SB 333), a measure to address California's homeless crisis by requiring the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) to develop and implement a long-term, strategic plan to combat homelessness across the state, complete with specific goals and benchmarks.
Wilk Intros Bill Addressing Statewide Homeless Crisis
Washington, DC – Vice Chair of Oversight and Government Reform Committee Congresswoman Katie Hill, (D-Santa Clarita), introduced H.R. 1064, a bill that allows whistleblowers to report concerns about classified programs directly to their supervisors and up their chain of command.
Hill’s Whistleblower Bill Passes House
1803 - Indian family members removed from Caamulus (Camulos) village, Piru area, are baptized at San Fernando Mission [record]
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a 16-state coalition, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and his attempt to divert funding appropriated by Congress for other purposes.
California, 15 More States File Challenge to National Emergency Declaration
The University of British Columbia lost a pair on Saturday when The Master's University received two excellent performances from its starting pitchers in a double-header sweep of the Thunderbirds.
Superb Pitching Leads Mustangs Past British Columbia
The Master's women's basketball team turned the ball over on its final possession, when it trailed by two, and fell 49-46 to Westmont inside Murchison Gym.
Women’s Hoops: TMU’s Win Streak Snapped in Santa Barbara
The No. 10-ranked Mustangs beat Westmont, 97-81, on Saturday, moving into a tie with Vanguard for first place in conference standings.
Men’s Hoops: TMU Beats Westmont, Moves Into Tie for First Place
The College of the Canyons Sports Medicine Program and Valencia High School Medical Science Academy will host the 2019 Sports Medicine Professions Fair at the college's Valencia Campus on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Feb. 23: 2019 Sports Medicine Professions Fair at COC
Seema Shah, executive director of the North Los Angeles County Volunteer Center (formerly HandsOn Santa Clarita) for the past seven years, is stepping down as ED to work with children to help them develop leadership and social entrepreneurship skills.
Shah Exits North LA County Volunteer Center
The Canyon Country Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Feb. 20: Canyon Country Advisory Committee Meeting
In celebration of National Heart Month, the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health, Health Services, and Fire are partnering with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department to train 100,000 individuals in Hands-Only CPR.
Be a Heart Hero: Learn Hands-Only CPR
College of the Canyons defensive back Michael Nacnac became the latest Cougar to sign with a four-year school, with the Hawaii native committing to Clarke University earlier this week.
Cougar Safety Nacnac Signs With Clarke University
College of the Canyons golfers took the first two spots in the individual standings but carded a five-man score of 400 at Bakersfield Country Club on Monday to finish second in its first Western State Conference tourney of the season.
Cougars Men’s Golf Team Swings to No. 2 at WSC Bakersfield
U.S. Rep. Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) is in Germany attending the 2019 Munich Security Conference and visiting NATO Headquarters and the seat of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium as part of a congressional delegation led by the Speaker of the House.
Hill Among Congressional Delegation at Munich Security Conference
The Lady Cougars remain in the hunt for the Western State Conference, South Division crown after an important 74-63 victory over Bakersfield College on Sophomore Night in the Cougar Cage.
Lady Cougars Stay in the Hunt with 74-63 Win Over Bakersfield
Three people were arrested and five firearms plus ammunition seized by authorities during a two-day compliance operation in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to SCV Sheriff's Station officials.
Three Arrested in SCV Gun Law Compliance Sweep
All lanes of Interstate 5 are now open after closure due to snow and ice.
I-5 Reopened in Both Directions Through Grapevine
For the second straight year, developers wanting to build 70 homes on The Old Road, near Parker Road, in Castaic, are appealing to regional planners for a one-year time extension.
Lake View Estates Developer Seeks Time Extension
Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, announced Thursday she will join fellow legislators on the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, a bipartisan effort to promote policies that attempt to end the nation’s addiction crisis.
Hill Joins House Working Group on Addiction
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested a 22-year-old Santa Clarita man on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a loaded gun Wednesday night, the station reported Sunday.
Deputies Arrest Santa Clarita Man on DUI, Weapon Charges
SCV Water officials are blazing a course they set during a recent two-day, strategy-setting retreat.
SCV Water Holds Strategy Session, Maps 5-Year Plan
1955 - Actor and nightclub owner Ace Cain incorporates the Rocky Springs Country Club in Sand Canyon [story]
1949 - Short-lived oil drilling operation on Newhall's Arcadia Street ends [story]
Arcadia Street rig