The Cuesta College men’s basketball team used double-digit scoring performances from four different players to guide the Cougars past Mendocino 86-77 on Saturday in the consolation final of the Mendocino Tournament in Ukiah.
“I think we played excellent,” Cuesta head coach Rusty Blair said. “It was a game of runs. We stayed focused. My bench played very well today.”
Overall, the Cougars shot 51 percent from the floor. They also shot 33 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 72 percent from the free-throw stripe.
Defensively, the Cougars had some problems stopping Mendocino’s Curtis Malone and Marcus Dubose. The tandem combined for 36 points, with Dubose scoring a team-high 19 and Malone scoring 17. Malone also had 12 rebounds for a double-double.
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For the Cougars, Ed Hall scored a team-high 23 points. He went 2 of 3 from 3-point range and also tallied eight rebounds on the night.
“Ed Hall really stepped up today,” Blair said. “Huge accolades for him stepping up and icing the game for us.”
Casey Rodgers (13), Malte Kramer (13), and Westin Hill (12) were the other Cougars who posted double-digit scoring for Cuesta. Kramer also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Cougars (4-2) led 49-33 at halftime.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALLCabrillo 58, Cuesta 49
The baskets weren’t falling for Cuesta in its loss to Cabrillo.
With 10:39 left, the Cougars held a 44-39 lead, but then went 8:44 without scoring.
Offensively, Katie Sheldon led the Cougars with 21 points. Jaime Salim had 10, and Anika Dauermeister added nine.
For Cabrillo, Lauren Johnston scored a team-high 15 points. Two other players for Cabrillo scored in double-digits with Christina Locatelli scoring 14 and Jasmine Jennings 10.
CROSS COUNTRYCuesta at state meet
The Cuesta men’s cross country team finished 11th at the California State Meet, led by Oscar Pena’s 36th-place finish in 21 minutes, 11 seconds over the four-mile course.
“Oscar Pena ran the best race he’s ever ran in a Cuesta uniform in cross country,” Cougars head coach Brian Locher said.
Also scoring for the men were Travis Hallanan (43rd place, 21:21), Gordon Sturgess (54th, 21:28), Michael Salvatierra (89th, 21:54) and Chris Gobell (111th, 22:16).
David Cardona of El Camino won the race in 19:57. San Bernardino Valley won the team title.
On the women’s side, Cuesta was led by Kasey Urman’s 53rd-place finish in 19:53 at the 5K course. The women’s team finished 17th of 28 teams.
“(Urman) ran a PR, with her first time under 20 minutes,” Locher said. “It was a fantastic race for her.”Kristen Hessick (65th, 20:03), Lizzie Uscanga (90th, 20:35), Diana Solario (123rd, 21:25) and Karina Duarte (129th, 21:32) were the other scorers for Cuesta.
“That’s the best team finishes we’ve ever had at Cuesta since we’ve been in the large- school format in 1982,” Locher said. “Both teams ran really well.”
WRESTLINGCal Poly at Fullerton Invitational
Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches captured individual titles at the Fullerton Open.
Novachkov beat Juan Archuleta of Purdue 3-2 to win the 141-pound title. He went 4-0 on the day, winning three by decision and one by major decision.
DesRoches made short work of his five opponents, including an 11-second fall in one match, en route to the title at 165. DesRoches pinned four of his five opponents, and claimed the title with a final round 8-6 decision over Stanford’s Lucas Espercueta.
Brandan Rocha (133), Barrett Abel (157) finished second in their weight classes for Cal Poly.
The Mustangs were the only school at the tournament to have two wrestlers win individual titles.
Cal Poly returns to action Dec. 3 at the Las Vegas Invitational.
The Cal Poly invitational was canceled because of inclement weather.
The Mustangs will open the 2011 regular season Jan. 14 at the California Winter Invitational.