Trailing by three and angling for the last shot, the Cuesta College men’s basketball team turned the ball over with five seconds left and lost it’s first game of the season on Sunday.
Sporting a program best 8-0 record coming in, the Cougars fell 61-57 to Saddleback (6-1) in the championship game of the Grossmont College Invitational Tournament in their worst shooting game of the season.
Before shooting just 35 percent from the floor and 22 percent from 3-point range, Cuesta had been consistently shooting above 45 percent. The Cougars were in the high 50s in the previous two games of the tournament.
“We didn’t have really clean looks, but on the other hand, it could be tired legs, too,” Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair said. “Third day in the tournament, probably worn out legs at this period in time.”
Sophomore Xavier Mylleville scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds but had his minutes limited by back spasms, Blair said.
Without the 6-foot-6 center, 6-3 forward Seth Koenig, who had five points and five rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team, was the next tallest Cougars player.
Roger Guardia led Cuesta with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and point guard Christian Koutras, who also made the all-tournament team, added 12 points and five assists.
GOLFFormer Paso Robles High and Cal Poly golfer Travis Bertoni shot 2-over par over 23 holes played Sunday when the fifth round of the final stage at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament was halted because of darkness.
Bertoni, who is 4-over for the tournament, is currently tied for 102nd place.
The sixth and final round is scheduled for today after the final four holes of the fifth round are played.
The top 25 plus ties will earn 2010 PGA Tour cards while the next number of players nearest to 50 plus ties will earn full status on the Nationwide Tour next year.
Troy Merritt is in the lead at 18 under. The champion will win $50,000.
Bertoni is assured of at least a spot in selected Nationwide Tour events next season by finishing in a five-way tie for 19th place in the second stage of qualifying last month.