|Arizona Christian 20-5, 8-4 GSAC||41||33||74|
|San Diego Christian 10-12, 3-9 GSAC||33||39||72|
|Feb. 13, 2016|
|El Cajon, CA|
|Arizona Christian||Indv. Leaders||San Diego Christian|
|#05 STERLING, Chris - 21||Points||#13 TRAVERS, Shayne - 17|
|#33 NAVAR, Mike - 12||Rebounds||#05 DUNKLIN, Dalante - 7|
|#15 CLAY, Trevor - 4||Assists||#13 TRAVERS, Shayne - 5|
|Arizona Christian||Team Statistics||San Diego Christian|
|43.3% (29 - 67)||Field Goals %||41.9% (26 - 62)|
|28.6% (6 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||45.8% (11 - 24)|
|71.4% (10 - 14)||Free Throws||81.8% (9 - 11)|
|23||2nd Chance Pts||7|
EL CAJON, Calif. – Dalante Dunklin's jumper was in the air for a couple seconds, though felt like a lifetime as his shot decided if the Hawks lose or they would force overtime against the Firestorm.
His shot rattled the rim but fell off as Arizona Christian hung on to a 74-72 nail-biting win.
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 10-12 on the season and 3-9 in GSAC play. The Firestorm improve to 20-5 and 8-4 respectively.
The Firestorm seemingly were in control from the opening tip. They rolled out to a 12-0 lead and took the air out of the gym. Shayne Travers' two free throws gave SDC their first two points with 15:01 remaining in the half. ACU kept their double digit lead however for most of the half until the very end of the first.
The Hawks went on an 8-3 run to end the half and trail by eight, 41-33.
But even with how slow the Hawks started the first, they were a whole different team in the second half scoring six of the first eight points scored to bring their deficit to four.
As the Firestorm brought their lead back to within double digits, the Hawks fought back and grabbed their first lead of the game with an 11-0 run capped by a Travers 3-pointer with the Hawks now leading 58-57. Their 16-0 run ended when the Firestorm added two free throws with 7:08 remaining in the game.
ACU regained the lead with 1:04 remaining in the game before a Travers layup with 34 seconds left gave them the slim 1-point lead. ACU was fouled with 22 seconds left as Chris Sterling had two free throws to take the lead. He missed both but Jackson Helms grabbed the offensive rebound, made the bucket and got fouled to convert the 3-point play with 19 seconds left.
Head Coach Edgar Mendez called a timeout with six seconds left to draw up a play that gave Dunklin the floater to force overtime but it was just a little off .
SDC shot 42 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The Hawks will host William Jessup on Thursday in their next contest at Cuyamaca College starting at 7:30 p.m. as SDC honors the seniors on the team.