Cuesta wins consolation title at Hancock tournament

sports@thetribunenews.comDecember 30, 2012 

The Cuesta College men’s basketball team was a little shorthanded in Sunday’s consolation championship game against Santa Barbara City College at the Allan Hancock Tournament.

Despite missing two starters, the Cougars raced to a big first-half lead and routed the Vaqueros 89-56.

Starting point guard Kenny Robinson was out with a foot injury. And starting small forward Oscar Pedroso has an injured hamstring.

But Cuesta (13-7) got 20 points and 10 rebounds  from Khirey Carson, and Plamen Hristov added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

The Cougars raced out to a 50-13 halftime lead, shooting 75 percent from the floor and 80 percent from
3-point range, coach Rusty Blair said.

Paul Candiff added 13 points as the Cougars played every player a minimum of 15 minutes and everyone scored, Blair said.

“We’re down to nine players, hopefully we can get a couple of these guys back in January in time for the opening of conference play, Blair said. “We gotta get healthy, and once we do that we’ll be fine.”

Cuesta plays at Reedley College on Saturday, in what Blair said is the Cougars’ 21st consecutive road game.

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