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Cuesta College basketball teams fall to Allan Hancock in conference doubleheader

Cuesta College men’s basketball coach Rusty Blair speaks to his team during a conference game last season. The Cougars lost 55-54 against rival Allan Hancock on Wednesday night.
Cuesta College men’s basketball coach Rusty Blair speaks to his team during a conference game last season. The Cougars lost 55-54 against rival Allan Hancock on Wednesday night. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Freshman guard Noah Saunders scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Cuesta College men’s basketball team during a 55-54 loss to rival Allan Hancock in a Western State Conference matchup Wednesday night at Cuesta Gym.

The 6-foot-6 Saunders also grabbed seven rebounds and swiped four steals for the Cougars, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Cuesta fell to 10-12 overall and 3-1 against conference opponents, still good enough for a first-place tie with Ventura.

Sophomore Andres Aguado added eight points and seven assists, and Eric Horn contributed five points and a team-high 13 rebounds off the bench.

Allan Hancock (11-13, 1-3 WSC) was led by Marcellus Garrick’s 20-point, 9-rebound performance. Erik Kinnebrew had 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks for the Bulldogs.

Cuesta is scheduled to play Moorpark on the road at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Lino leads Cougars in loss

The Cuesta College women’s basketball team fell into a 22-point hole in the first half and never fully recovered on the way to a 53-44 loss against Allan Hancock in Western State Conference action Wednesday night at Cuesta Gym.

Though the Cougars outscored the visiting Bulldogs 28-14 in the second half, it wasn’t quite enough to avoid their fourth loss in the last five games.

Tawny Lino scored a team-high 15 points to go with six rebounds, six steals, five blocks and three assists for Cuesta (12-10, 1-3 WSC). Courtney Barba and Dolores Neal added 11 points each in the setback.

Syenna Ramirez scored 15 points for Allan Hancock (13-7, 1-3 WSC), and Grace Rosa contributed a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Cuesta is scheduled to play Moorpark on the road at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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