Cuesta Roundup: Cougars basketball teams sweep Allan Hancock

sports@thetribunenews.comFebruary 16, 2013 

The Cuesta College women's basketball team routed Allan Hancock College 57-24 on Saturday.

The Cougars jumped all over the Bulldogs in Santa Maria, leading 33-10 at halftime and more than doubling Hancock’s score at the final buzzer.

Aria Johnson led Cuesta with 12 points and a game-high 19 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.

Alyssa Palma had 16 points, seven steals and seven rebounds, and Miriam Zabinsky and Courtney Chadwick scored 10 apiece for the Cougars (19-9, 7-2 Western State Conference Northern Division).

Cuesta had more rebounds (44-37), assists (11-7) and steals (19-12) and had less turnovers (30-18) than Allan Hancock.

Justine Roland had a team-high seven points to go with nine rebounds, and Kendall Scott had five points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-21, 0-9 WSC).

The Cougars, who are alone in second place and one game behind Ventura in the decision standings, will take on the first-place Pirates at home Wednesday night.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Cuesta 105, Hancock 103 OT

Down by 27 points with 15 minutes to go, Cuesta completed the biggest comeback in program history, according to coach Rusty Blair.

Cuesta (18-12, 5-4 WSC-N) shot 41 percent in the first half compared to Hancock, which shot 61 percent, and trailed 57-31 at halftime.

However, thanks to clutch free-throw shooting and outshooting Hancock 62 percent to 46 in the second half, the Cougars came back to prevent Hancock (20-8, 7-2) from clinching the division title.

The loss moved Hancock into a three-way tie for first place.

Oscar Pedroso and Plamen Hristov led Cuesta with double-doubles. Pedroso had 33 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Hristov had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jeremy Landenbergue added 10 points and five assists for the Cougars.

Demetrius Thomas scored a game-high 39 points for Hancock, including shooting 14 of 15 from the free-throw line, and had nine rebounds.

BASEBALL

Cuesta 18, Imperial Valley 4

Trailing 4-2 in the middle of the seventh inning, the Cougars (5-4) exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and six more in the bottom of the eighth to win at home

Cuesta center fielder Nicolas Rosso was 3 for 3 with three doubles, three runs and five RBI, and leadoff batter Marco Murillo was 2 for 4 with three runs, two RBI and a walk.

Alex Fagalde (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

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