Slugs cruise past shorthanded Bethesda

SANTA CRUZ, CA—UCSC’s Men’s basketball team looked to add to their win column as they faced Bethesda Christian University inside the West Field House on campus. The Slugs are coming of a demolishing (75-57) victory over Cal Maritime Academy in their previous game. They hope today will be would no different. Coach DuBois elected to send out his unit of F-Creighton, F-Townsend, G-J. Ponce, G-Arwine Jr and G-Marlow for a 7th game in a row. As the Slugs are 4-2 with that line-up entering today’s contest. The Slugs relied on great defense as they took a (29-33) point lead into the half. It was all smooth sailing from there, as they were able to cruise to a (64-48) victory over Bethesda. Their 16-point margin victory is the second largest of the season with 18 points being set in the previous game. The Slugs have now outscored their opponents (139-105) in their previous two games and have taken four out of five from their foes.

Bethesda led after scoring the first bucket of the game but the Slugs dominated the rest of the way. The Slugs were able to recover the led in the ensuing possession after a three-pointer by Creighton. They never trailed during this game after taking this lead. The first quarter was neck-and-neck as both teams couldn’t seem to create separation. Bethesda’s, Jamelle Holieway Jr, made a layup to end the quarter with a (33-29) score in favor of Santa Cruz. Jared Ponce led the Slugs with nine points at the half.

The Slugs opened the second quarter on a (14-4) scoring run to push their lead 13 with 16:06 reaming on the clock. Fatigue started to increase for Bethesda as they had only five player suit up; a valiant effort from their part. Townsend helped put the game away as he had 13 points in the second half and finished with a game high, 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Slugs played great team defense, holding Bethesda to 40.3% shooting and making their day miserable from the field (25-62). The Slugs also bullied there way on the glass, as they were able to manipulate it by out-rebounding Bethesda 46-26. They had a 22-9 advantage at the half. Their dominating rebounding performance contributed to Santa Cruz 2nd chance points as they scored 18 compared to the challengers five. Another key to the Slugs success was their bench production. They scored 21 points and also helped guide the team to victory.

The Slugs now own a record of 9-11 for the season. Their next match will come against Menlo College on Thursday January 22, 2015. The Slugs offensive surge has come at a pinnacle point of the season, as they have five games remaining with an opportunity to finish above .500 after several losing seasons. The term to best describe the Slugs attitude is that they’re “hungry” to win and pose a winning record.

By Javier Gutierrez                                                               

*All stats acquired from Goslugs.com