Slugs win with an offensive explosion over the Keelhaulers

SANTA CRUZ, CA—The Men’s Slug basketball team at UCSC took to the road their 7-11 record, as they squared off against California Maritime Academy in Vallejo California on (01.10.15). The Slugs are coming off a (66-50) loss against Westmount College, breaking their winning streak of two. They look to achieve a new one as Coach DuBois began the game with his—now usual—line-up of forwards, Kyle Creighton, James Townsend, guards Adam Marlow, Jared Ponce, and Marshal Arwine Jr. The Slugs came into this game with a sharp focus. They were able earn a (39-29) lead at the half and eventually cruising to a (75-57) rout of the Keelhaulers. The 18-pioint victory marks the Slugs largest win of the season.

A key to today’s victory was UCSC’s ability to shoot the ball. They shot a scorching (26-47) 55.3% from the field, while holding Cal Maritime to 42.9% (18-42).  Santa Cruz also shot a great 55.6 % (10-18) from the 3-point lane, making it a great shooting night all around. The Slugs had three players outscore the highest scorer—12 points—on the opposing team. Jared Ponce finished with a game high 16 points aiding the Slugs to victory. He went 7-10 from the field, included two triples. Marlow also contributed with 14 points, going 6-7 from the field and 2-2 from the 3-point line to add to the Slugs lead. Their ability to shoot the ball in the early portion of the game made it difficult for Maritime to diminish the lead.

The Slugs bench production was also at it again as they alleviated some pressure in today’s game by being able to produce on the court. The Slugs bench—led by Tyler Berkness—scored 13 of the teams 33 bench points compared to Maritime’s 23. Berkness also shot well from the field, going 4-6 that included two triples. They continue to outscore opponents benches, making it seven of their last eight games. In addition to the Slugs great ball distribution, as they tallied 13 assist to help secure the win. They were able to clog Maritime’s passing lanes, forcing 12 steals and holding them to eight assist. The Slugs were able to cruise to (36-28) point second quarter as they didn’t look back from there.

The Slugs victory brings their record 8-11 for the season. There next game will come against Bethesda University on Saturday (01.17.15) and will be played inside of UCSC’s West Field House. With six games remaining in the schedule, the Slugs have the opportunity to finish above .500 for the season. This victory should provide some spark for the team as they inch closer to the finish line.

By Javier Gutierrez (UC Santa Cruz, 2015)  

*All stats acquired from Goslugs.com