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.
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“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.