With 3-pointers from Malte Kramer and Plamen Hristov — Hristov’s only 3 of the game — the Cuesta men’s basketball team outscored Barstow by six in overtime to take a 67-61 first-round matchup in a tournament at Allan Hancock in Santa Maria.
Kramer led all scorers with 27 points, including five 3-pointers, and Calen Coleman (11 points) and Sofian Morad (10) also scored in double figures for the Cougars (11-5).
Cuesta will play a second-round game today at 5 p.m. against Bakersfield, which upset Fresno City 64-63 with an 8-foot floater at the buzzer.
Cougars head coach Rusty Blair said his team had a last-second potentially game-winning lay-up rim out to force overtime. Cuesta felt fortunate to get the extra period after missing 10 consecutive free throws late in the second half.
“Lots of implosions in the game for both teams,” Blair said. “Barstow could have put it away, but they couldn’t get a basket.”
Cuesta will play out the rest of the tournament before beginning Western State Conference-North play at projected favorite Ventura next Wednesday.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALLHartnell 62, Cuesta 52
Jordan Reid and Aria Johnson had nine points apiece for the Cougars (8-7), who also got eight from Alyssa Palma, but it was not enough to get by Hartnell in a nonconference game in Salinas.
Hartnell (6-7) shot 10 for 20 from 3-point range and committed half as many fouls as the Cougars, 12-24.
Cuesta’s fouls put Hartness at the free-throw line for 29 attempts, 19 of which were made.
This was the Cougars’ finel tune-up before they also play at WSC-N favorite Ventura on Wednesday. The Ventura women are ranked first in the state.