By Tyler Moss
Southwestern Christian University’s men’s basketball team may have been playing in the cool Midwest region of the United States this weekend, but there was a definite west coast presence felt in a dominating two-game sweep for the Eagles.
Tyler Averill and Clint Amberry, both California natives, led the way for an SCU team in need of wins after suffering back-to-back losses in their last two games.
On Friday night, SCU entered their contest as the underdog against the MCAC’s second-place team, Oklahoma Wesleyan University. But that didn’t seem to bother the Eagles as they followed the lead of their two California seniors to an enormous upset inside Pickens Springer Gymnasium.
SCU shot an astounding 52 percent in a wild first half that featured six ties. Averill, a senior from Anaheim, Ca., nailed a three-pointer with 26 seconds left to give the Eagles a 36-33 lead heading into the break.
In the second half, it was much of the same as SCU led most of the way, but could never fully leave OKWU behind. However, with 4:30 left on the clock, Amberry hit a tough inside shot to extend the lead to 13 for SCU and from that point on, they kept OKWU at arms length on their way to an exciting 78-69 upset win.
Averill put up 20 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Amberry, a 6-10 senior from Los Alamitos, Ca., put up a monster game with 20 points and 16 rebounds in 30 minutes of play. And while SCU’s offensive numbers were staggering, it was the team’s defense that really set the tone for the upset as they held OKWU to 35 percent shooting for the game, including a dismal 30 percent in the second half.
On Saturday, it was much of the same for SCU as they were on the road to Conway, Ark., for a conference matchup against Central Baptist College inside CBC’s A.R.Reddin Fieldhouse. Again, it was Averill and Amberry leading the way, but not without tremendous effort from several other players as five Eagles scored in double figures.
Amberry and freshman guard Reggie Sloan led the way with 13 points each, while Averill and sophomore forward Jordan Narcisse each scored 12. Tyler Inman, a junior from Savannah, Okla., score 11 in the winning effort.
SCU once again found itself in a tightly contest first half that included seven ties. After leading by one entering the break, SCU put the clamps down in the second half, holding CBC to just 29 percent shooting en route to a 13-point win, 80-67.
With the wins, SCU improved to 9-18 overall, including a 5-8 mark in the MCAC standings. Up next, SCU will head to Missouri for its last true road game of the year as they face off against Central Christian College before returning home to wrap up the regular season with homes games against College of the Ozarks and Haskell Indians Nation University.
Mon, February 11, 2013
by Kevin Richardson